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The Republicans' Cpac Misfire

11 February 2011 5:12 PM, PST | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

Conservatives won big in the midterms by focusing on government, not social issues. But they seem to be going back to their old ways. Eleanor Clift reports from Cpac.

Conservatives won big in the midterm elections by focusing on big government and soaring deficits-setting aside, for the moment, the usual menu of divisive social issues.

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But the activists gathered this week in Washington for the annual Conservative Political Action Committee conference must not have gotten the memo about honing their strategy, or more likely, they can't help themselves now that they're back in power in the House. Cutting spending is hard, especially when the defense budget and Social Security and Medicare are deemed off-limits, because that's where the real money is. It's so much easier to rail against gay marriage and liberal elites wanting to take guns »

- Eleanor Clift

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