‘Awake not Woke’ CPAC pushes aside taxes and fiscal policy for culture wars

ORLANDO, Florida — The Conservative Political Action Conference showed culture war grievances and fear of “Marxist” political philosophy is the main motivating force for today’s conservative base within the Republican Party, as this year’s event unabashedly made it the central focus with the theme “Awake not Woke.”

The annual gathering of conservatives, which serves as a gut check on the Republican base and presidential testing ground, was once a conference where former House Speaker Paul Ryan pitched his vision to lessen poverty through welfare and regulation reform. But speakers this year deliberately turned the focal point away from taxes and economic policy.

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