Last week at CPAC, with his cock-sure arrogance on full display, Senator Ted Cruz mocked former Republican presidential nominees Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney as candidates that do not stand on principle.
This year at CPAC there was no panel focused on the evils of gay marriage. NOM did have a small table in the basement of the hotel with the other exhibitors, though nothing as grand as the massive, expensive booths and tents of the gun-rights groups or the anti-tax activists.
When listening to the fiery rhetoric and watching the enthusiasm at both AIPAC and CPAC, it becomes apparent that both groups retain the capacity to create problems for opponents. They may be down, but they are not out.