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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



carden.jpgWinner of the week: Al Cardenas. The chairman of the American Conservative Union and former Florida GOP chairman has put together a political blockbuster for Friday in Orlando: CPAC-FL. He's making the Florida GOP look good, holding the conference during the party's three-day Presidency 5 gathering. CPAC-FL will feature every major presidential candidate as well as conservative stars ranging from Marco Rubio to Ann Coulter andteaparty.jpg the National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre.


Loser of the week: Tea partiers. Last week's CNN-hosted Tea Party Express debate was a lively affair, including a jarring moment when audience members cheered at the suggestion that society should let an uninsured 30-year-old die. That's American exceptionalism? Really?


[Last modified: Sunday, September 18, 2011 1:00pm]


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