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Welcome to the brand-new Lowering the Boom!

If you’ve been following my adventures in conservative politics and the new media, then you might know that this is my third website since last July. That isn’t ideal, of course– not if you want to draw readers to your blog. But my life changed so much in 2012 that the moves were necessary. To anyone who got lost in the shuffle, my apologies.

Between November of 2011 and November 6, 2012, I was a Herman Cain supporter, a Rick Santorum grassroots volunteer, worked for Restoring America Project PAC, wrote and edited at Tea Party Tribune then worked for Americans For Prosperity. In the meantime, I started writing for Integrity, which consists of blogging for their business clients’ websites.

Here at Lowering the Boom, you’ll find conservative-themed images, stories and commentary. But don’t expect to find a lot of snarkiness. It’s just not something I’m good at.

— Becca Lower

Recent News

A Troubling Vignette About Ted Cruz

On a piece at Ricochet about Ted Cruz’s new presidential campaign and his chances in 2016, a commenter named Del Mar Dave appended this brief, but troubling, vignette. I wonder if this took place during CPAC.

After having met Cruz in a small gathering several weeks ago, I agree that he isn’t likely to win – either the nomination or the Presidency.

In that meeting, he failed to give good eye contact with the dozen people there. And when asked penetrating questions, he replied with answers to the questions he preferred to be asked.

In addition, he has no executive experience, something we need to bring back to the office of the President, along with a philosophical change. The last thing we want is a right-thinking Prez who fumbles as badly as BHO has.

No question Cruz is bright, articulate and well educated. And I like his sharp elbows, but he’s not our guy for President.

I, too, question Cruz’s appeal – after seeing him at CPAC this year. Since I can count the number of political conferences I’ve attended on one hand, it was the first chance I had to see the Texas Senator speak in person.

There were three problems with the speech: nothing in it was memorable, he appeared to need three opening lines before striking on the one the crowd would respond to and I didn’t come away from it thinking, “I need to tell people that Ted Cruz is set to run for president.” That just wasn’t the vibe. There was no clamor for that. It made me think: if he’s not appealing to me, then who is he appealing to?

This vignette from Ricochet contrasts with what Texas conservatives told me to explain Cruz’s winning his current seat. Cruz was given no chance at all, as you might remember. I wanted to know how he did it. I was told that he criss-crossed the state, meeting with Tea party groups and rallying their support in intimate gatherings.

One might ask: Why is this man telling a different story? What’s changed?

This is What Happens When You Attend CPAC 2015, in Pictorial Form (Part I)

Sunset at National Harbor,  MD., 2/28/15.

Sunset at National Harbor, MD., 2/28/15.

I’ve seen many posts about bloggers’ CPAC experiences, with photo after photo. Now, it’s my turn. This is the first of two (or three) posts. Let me know what you think!

Former Alaska Governor and GOP VP nominee Sarah Palin greets CPAC 2015 attendees after her speech, 2/26/15.

Former Alaska Governor and GOP VP nominee Sarah Palin greets CPAC 2015 attendees after her speech, 2/26/15.

Sarah Palin speaking at CPAC 2015, 2/26/15.

Sarah Palin speaking at CPAC 2015, 2/26/15.

Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addressed CPAC 2015, 2/26/15.

Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses CPAC 2015, 2/26/15.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz addresses CPAC 2015, 2/26/15.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz addresses CPAC 2015, 2/26/15.

Hm, look who's at CPAC... MSNBC's Joe Scarborough.

Hm, look who’s at CPAC… MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.

Even MSNBC and other mainstream media showed up to cover CPAC, including “Morning Joe.” Chris Moody of CNN.com did a video segment on CPAC parties, including the IJ Review/National Review/Facebook #CocktailCaucus (more on that in a later installment!)

And new media stars were there, too:

Chris Loesch

Chris Loesch on CPAC 2015 Media/Radio Row, 2/27/15.

…and if you look REAL closely, you’ll see Dana in the picture.

Dan Bongino, 2/27/15.

Dan Bongino, 2/27/15.

Former Secret Service agent, author and Congressional candidate from Maryland, conservative Dan Bongino, was kind enough to stop along Media Row to take a pic with me.

Senior Managing Editor of IJReview.com, Kyle N. Becker. 2/27/15.

Senior Managing Editor of IJReview.com, Kyle N. Becker. 2/27/15.

Later that night, after a party, I found this odd fellow loitering in the lobby of the Gaylord Hotel. I hear he writes stuff. Maybe he’ll get noticed someday.

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Look for a second installment about CPAC 2015 later Sunday afternoon. Thanks!

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