Today is BlogBash, which Ted Cruz will be attending, and which Rand Paul and the NRSC support:
(Protip, guys: try memorizing the lines before you say them. It’s only a couple of sentences at a time. You can do it. We can see your eyes moving as you read and it looks shifty. This advice will come in handy later.)
Stacy McCain has a piece about it here, in the American Spectator. The bad guys have tried to derail the event, and have predictably succeeded only in making it a hotter ticket:
In recent weeks, Kimberlin and his allies have attempted to shut down Blog Bash, contacting the venue and threatening protests against the event. If Kimberlin thought he could intimidate conservatives, he was sadly mistaken. Tickets to Blog Bash have become so highly coveted that many VIPs can’t get in, as the club’s president Ali Akbar pleads that fire-code capacity won’t allow any extra attendees. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made the guest list, as did 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum, and yesterday the National Republican Senatorial Committee announced that it was co-sponsoring the event — a rare gesture by the GOP establishment, reaching out to conservative bloggers who are often critical of the Republican Party leadership.
I choose to focus, not on the negatives of predictable efforts by soulless partisans to shut this down, but on the positive aspects. Bloggers will get to mingle with Ted Cruz, one of the brightest lights in the Senate, and meet each other, in many cases for the first time. It’s a great thing and I’m glad it’s happening.