This year's Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC for short, is right around the corner. While it's attracting the Marco Rubios, Rand Pauls and Paul Ryans of the world, there's some other interesting things going on too.
First, Mitt Romney is coming. So is Sarah Palin. This will be Romney's first flirtation with the conservative base since losing the White House to President Obama. As for Palin, this will be her first big public appearance since splitting from Fox News.
This is also the first CPAC since the passing of pundit and publisher Andrew Breitbart and, because of that, there will be lots of tributes.
There will also be an MSNBC presence. Sort of. "Up with Chris Hayes" host Chris Hayes has been tapped to participate in the panel discussion "CSI Washington, D.C.: November 2012 Autopsy" on the last election. "We thought that folks would be more informed if we get their perspective as well," American Conservative Union head Al Cardenas told Yeas & Nays about inviting the occasional liberal.
MSNBC's more conservative host, S.E. Cupp, will be on hand as well. "I think by the end of the conference we'll have 160 speakers and 150 of them will be, you know, true movement conservatives, and 10 will be thrown in for the fun and diversity of the conversation," Cardenas continued, not specifying which group Cupp fit in.
And finally, there's at least one panel discussion that's name alone is provocative: "How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love Plastic Water Bottles, Fracking, Genetically Modified Food, & Big Gulp Sodas."
This year's CPAC will be held March 14-16 at a new address, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at Maryland's National Harbor. Shuttle buses will be running to and from the site from parts of D.C.