James Manship, center, dressed as President George Washington, holds a pocket copy of the constitution while attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md., Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
I was 26-years-old when I attended my first CPAC. I wasn’t yet the founder of Misfit Politics. I was still a fresh-faced young twerp filled with piss and vinegar in a suit I wasn’t quite comfortable in working as a contributor for an up and coming site called “Future Voices of America” that focused on young conservatives.
I made a lot of friends there. Friendships that I still hold to this day. Even then, however, I was under the impression that I was around a niche crowd. CPAC was still something of a 1980’s cosplay scenario where people quoted Reagan and conservatives buzzwords were said at least two or three times in every paragraph.