Swarms of the GOP's top talents are set to descend on the National Harbor's Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center this week to deliver their vision for the future of the Republican Party and conservative movement. Yet amid all the fanfare over the Conservative Political Action Conference's impressive guest list, much of the buzz has been about who's not invited to the event.
Chris Christie has emerged as persona non grata number one. While the Republican governor of New Jersey is highly popular across party lines at home, CPAC organizers at the American Conservative Union cited Christie's aggressive push for Hurricane Sandy relief and his decision to expand Medicaid under Obamacare as reasons for his rejection.
In an interview with National Journal, ACU President Al Cardenas suggested that CPAC was reserved for conservative "all-stars," and that Christie simply hadn't made the cut.
Instead, the ACU filled its three-day program with the 25 individuals below. See which "all-stars" the ACU has decided are deserving of a CPAC invite this year, and take a look at the types of things we might expect them to say: