The first day of the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) set the stage for what could be a raucous weekend of exciting events in Washington, D.C. Though the attendees of this year’s conference are of a broad spectrum, it appears that the majority are youthful and energetic, and an abundance of them are fans of Congressman Ron Paul. And this year, they came to be heard.

RumsfeldMuch to the chagrin of constitutionalists across the country, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was presented the “Defender of the Constitution” award at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Tensions were high during this evening’s ceremony, which took place at the Marriot Ballroom in the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, as audience members openly booed and jeered the recipient and loudly declared that the award should have gone to Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

Progressives who opposed the political activities of Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brother industrialists helping fund the Tea Party movement, want to lynch Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Or at least a few of them said so at the rally.

Thomas DeLorenzoThe ranking Democrat on the House Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology Subcommittee began the first hearing on the Federal Reserve Bank in the new Congress with dramatic ad hominem attacks on Loyola University Maryland Economics Professor Thomas DiLorenzo. Rep. William Clay of Missouri accused DiLorenzo of having racist ties for being an adviser to the League of the South, a  states'-rights organization, and then failed to address any substantive questions on economics to DiLorenzo with the dismissive remark: "I do know that I have no questions for you."

Senator James Webb the conservative Democrat from Virginia who defeated incumbent moderate Republican Senator George Allen in 2006, has announced his retirement from the Senate. Retirement may not be the right word, given that Webb served just one term. But he is leaving elective politics nonetheless.