In many ways, CPAC is caught in exactly the same bind as the Republican Party. The party's leaders know that to survive in the long term it must moderate its positions and expand its base. But they're still in the grips of an extremist fringe that just won't let that happen.
Limbaugh often says that he's broadcasting "with talent on loan from God." It seems more and more that conservatives are attempting to find their way out of the political wilderness with talent on loan from Rush.