CPAC 2014 is well under way. The symbolism of Mitch McConnell on stage with a rifle was nothing short of comical. And predictably speakers demonstrated to their base that they are the party of fear and hate, commandeered by the radical right Tea Party. They are essentially a resurgence of the John Birch Society of the ’60’s. Only in the ’60’s there was a true conservative thinker, William F. Buckley Jr. that told Republicans there was no place in the party for those nut-jobs. Back then, they listened to Buckley. There is no one like Buckley in the party now and it’s not clear if there was they would listen to him.