From a CPAC 2014 First-timer

ap554660899585_wide-4b57ceed3dfc9bb2c367a0a19fa3dcde18ac0bc0-s6-c30Why would anyone leave a sunny, 75 degrees Los Angeles to fly across the country to a chilly and windy, 20 degrees Washington, DC? To attend CPAC of course! I was told CPAC would be like a religious experience for a neophyte like me, so of course I needed to see it for myself. The verdict? Not only was it a religious experience, I was ready to join the cult! CPAC is the mecca for all things right wing.
It’s indescribable being part of a group of thousands of like minded, enthusiastic, cheerful and hopeful people who also flew in from from far and wide to mix it up with other like minded, enthusiastic, cheerful and hopeful people. The speakers were inspiring, getting recognized (as Anita Gunn) by my conservative heroes and “fans” was elating, being interviewed on radio row was exhilarating, seeing so many college kids wearing “Stand with Rand” and “NRA” buttons was invigorating. But the real thrill for me was the nightlife — and by nightlife I mean lots of boozing and cigar smoking with fellow boozing and cigar smoking conservatives. One would think that, even allowing for a three hour time change, there really was no reason to be up until 3 am every night. After all, there is so much to do during the day. But there was a very good reason — it was so much fun! I was told that CPAC virgins overdo the parties, so yes I’m guilty as charged.
But after three nights in a row of drinking, cigar smoking, dancing, laughing and closing down bars (followed fitful sleeping and early morning raging headaches), I seriously feel as though my IQ has dropped to about room temperature. Sadly, I think I’ve overstayed my CPAC welcome.  My brain feels like it’s the size of pea. I can’t think properly. I can barely string a cohesive sentence together. Apparently, bad sleep leads to a smaller brain. I know this because a seasoned CPAC’er not so discreetly sent me the following article after seeing the state I was in. Tonight I’ll be back in LA, and tomorrow after a full night’s sleep, hopefully some brain cells will be restored!

Anita Gunn

California PolitiChick "Anita Gunn" is a closeted conservative working the entertainment business. Anita started at a major talent agency, assisting a well-known music agent, and is now a VP at a major movie studio. Anita grew up in a very liberal Jewish home, and bought the Utopian dream of a one world government and social justice for all. Anita did her best to "save the planet," pontificating about how the evil Republicans and greedy corporations were destroying the earth. 9/11 shook Anita's foundation and everything that she believed. By the time Obama burst into the scene in 2007, Anita was morphing into a conservative. Of course, coming out of the closet as a conservative in the entertainment industry is pretty much career suicide, she says, so in 2011, the name "Anita Gunn" was born. Anita has done commentary about the culture war on such radio shows as the Dr. Gina Show, Real Side with Joe Messina and Socialism is not an Option on Blog Talk Radio. Anita started a secret conservative Facebook group which has 1000 active members, and is part of another secret group of artists who behind such videos as Cruz Against the Machine. There are still some remnants from Anita's liberal days, including the love of Astrology and wearing platforms and bellbottoms--and yet signs of her conservative switch can be seen by her ever-present gun necklace. Anita says her goal is to help rebrand and hip up the conservative movement to include more artists, musicians, actors, gays and minorities and young people. Anita's belief is that if she saw the light, there are others who would also embrace the conservative movement, if only just shown the way. Follow Anita Gunn on Twitter @AnitaGunn1.

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