Today, CPAC sent out a “Special Announcement” to supporters reading: “I am pleased to announce that RUSH LIMBAUGH will be the closing speaker at CPAC 2009!” Other invited speakers to the conservative conference, taking place in Washington, D.C. Feb. 26-28, include Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. (Sen. John McCain has reportedly not been invited.)
The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein adds, “That Limbaugh would keynote the affair is a telling indication of just how lacking the GOP is for actual elected leadership. The radio host has never been one to claim he is an insider or party leader.”
,U.S. News has a list of more CPAC speakers here.
,ThinkProgress received an e-mail from CPAC’s Joseph Logue, who said that this year will be Limbaugh’s first appearance at CPAC. He was invited because “he is an important voice in the conservative movement, and he is someone whom the attendees have requested in the past.”