(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)
JB: Well, boss, it all starts today.
BE: What does?
JB: The GOP presidential primary season. Today's the kickoff of the annual three-day Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. All eyes on the right. It's at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in downtown D.C.
BE: I hope you don't think we have the money for you to go.
JB: Of course not. Not worth it, anyway. No Sarah.
BE: Really? Is it moose season?
JB: Says she has, you know, a prior commitment. No Huckabee either. You know what that means.
BE: I (heart) Huckabee?
JB: It means our boy Santorum will have the far, far right all to hisself.
BE: Well deserved. We predicted years ago he'd be president someday. When's he speaking?
JB: Today. 2 p.m. And even though that right-wing-hating New York Times dissed our Rick by not even mentioning him as among presidential hopefuls scheduled to talk at the gig, he follows Michele Bachmann (how hard can THAT be?) and Newt "haven't-we-done-this-before" Gingrich.
BE: So he might really get some attention.
JB: You betcha. Other contenders -- Mitt, Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels, Tim Pawlenty, John Thune -- speak Friday and Saturday, but Ricky gets to kick things off.
BE: And this is a big deal, eh?
JB: Oh yeah. THE heart of the GOP. A place where the party pulse is strongest. A place where stuff happens. This is where Mitt pulled out of the `08 race. And last year, the straw poll here was won by (ta da!) Ron Paul.
BE: That's one conservative conference.
JB: Again, you betcha. And Ron's back to speak this year. So's his son, Sen. Rand Paul. So's Phyllis Schlafly. And Ann Coulter. And Wayne LaPierre.
BE: Lock and load, baby.
JB: Exactly. So look forward to hearing about how Rick does. His political action committee, America's Foundation, says he'll be speaking about "each leg of the conservative stool -- social, fiscal and national security."
BE:Wait. The "conservative stool?" They expect to beat Obama with a stool?
JB: Well, they're using all three legs.
BE: Dwight Evans used a stool in his ads against Mayor Nutter four years ago. It got him nowhere. I can't wait to see how this plays out. Maybe Eddie will review this conference Monday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
JB: What could be better? Santorum and Rendell. Two politicians, each out of office, each still screaming for attention, each so well loved by the other guy's party. Might be worth getting up early for.
BE: "Morning Joe" starts at 6 a.m.
JB: Or not. Grrrrr.