Republicans cruising to victory?

November 14, 2012

The Zuiderdam from Holland America Cruise Lines. (Jon M. Fletcher/AP)

“On January 20, 2013, President Obama will begin his second term,” our pal Terry Eastland writes. “You, meanwhile, will be doing . . . what?”

Well, sitting here, typing, watching desperate Democrats stab each other in the back in the scramble for those plum government jobs.

“How about this,” he says in an e-mail invite, “preparing to cruise with us on January 26. We’ll depart from Ft. Lauderdale on Holland America’s excellent ms Eurodam and make our way under warm skies to Grand Turk, San Juan, and St. Thomas, before returning to Ft. Lauderdale on February 2.”

Yes, it’s the annual Weekly Standard’s week-long cruise to schmooze and hang with conservatives trying to get their act together after losing yet another one to Barack Obama. (There may be some serious drinking on this one.)

Publisher Terry Eastland, editor and columnist William Kristol, and executive editor Fred Barnes will be on board, along with GOP political consultant par excellence Mike Murphy.

There are several other Weekly Standard folks and other conservative media folks lined up, with more speakers to be announced, we’re told. (It looks like an all-male lineup of speakers so far, but maybe they’ll add conservative women panelists at some point.)

But it’s not just all panel discussions and incessant chatter. There’s great entertainment, a fine casino and we hear even karaoke competitions in the Queen’s Lounge.

So hurry on down. Rooms range from $3,300 (per couple) in what looks to be a tiny windowless interior room to $8,500 for a suite with a veranda.

“There are still some excellent cabins available,” Eastland says, but we suggest upgrading a bit to one with a window.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.
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