I'm old, so I remember CPAC before Andrew Breitbart: Quiet. Since 2010, the first CPAC after Breibart's Big Government released James O'Keefe's ACORN video investigations, Breitbart's appearances at the conference have begun with media interviews, continued with assorted people confronting him on video, and ended with his own speeches, full of nostalgia for the stuff that just happened. This year's Breitbart Moment, captured next to the Occupy CPAC encampment by Emily Crockett:
It makes me wistful for the Breitbarts moments of yore. But I'm in luck! There's a new documentary on the way, Hating Breitbart.
I'm told that one of the scenes is from the 2010 CPAC, and features Breitbart yelling quotes into my notebook. I did not make any typos in that sentence.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.