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One early highlight: After recognizing Bachmann took a swipe at the federal stimulus plan, using an intriguing historical parallel — not to the New Dealbut to the :,
I just wondered that if our founders thought taxation without representation was bad, what would they think of representation WITH taxation?
Here’s the clip (Boston Tea Party comment at 1:10):
The program once had Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a featured speaker, but she dropped out, leaving Republican National Committee Chair Mike Steele and U.S. Reps. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and , R-Ariz., as headliners.
Bachmann fairly shouted as she introduced the stars at the head table — all but four being older white men such as Stan Evans, author of a book, “Blacklisted by History,” that seeks to rehabilitate Red Scare figure ’s image, and at least two National Rifle Association officials.
A notable exception was Carrie Hale, whom Bachmann identified as the “scheduler” at Americans for Tax Reform; with Palin absent, she was the only other woman to be honored with a chair on the stage. Steele was the only African-American — not including a waiter in a white uniform who passed behind Bachmann, carrying a tray as she spoke.
“How many times in life do you get a second chance?” asked keynoter Shadegg, referring to the conservative movement’s post-Bush status. “We are unleashed from the mistakes of the past.”
Bachmann brought the program to a close by imploring the audience to remember this night because, she said, in the future, “You can tell your posterity that you were here, you were present at the beginning of the conservative comeback.”