By Adam C. Smith, Times Political Editor
Winner 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 and 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?