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An all-day tea party for D.C. conservatives

Conservatives are meeting in D.C. today to celebrate the annual prizes handed out by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the influential outfit with an estimated $500 million in assets. The morning event: a panel titled "Tea Time: Can There Be a Populist Conservatism?," with presentations from Weekly Standard editor-in-chief Bill Kristol, FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey, "Liberal Fascism" author Jonah Goldberg, Washington Examiner columnist and Bradley winner Michael Barone, and Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.).

"I had to google 'populism' on the way here," Pence joked.

This first event, streaming here (and recorded here), isn't producing much analysis you haven't heard on Fox News -- even if it's a bit closer to the point. (Most of the people there will make repeat appearances for a gala tonight.)

"It's great to have a lot of people on the mall," said Barone, but conservatives had to prove that they were competent, "and not incompetent, as the current government is proving to be on the gulf oil spill."

Kristol suggested that the GOP's fate would be reflected in whether its governors were "perceived to be succeeding" by 2012. "I think Republicans are in trouble in 2012 if these governors are blowing up and unsuccessful."

By David Weigel  |  June 16, 2010; 9:43 AM ET
Categories:  Tea Party  
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