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"I am not happy about the way things are," Baldwin told ABC News. "I pray for President Obama every single day. But tell you what. Homie made this bed, now he has got to lay in it."

The one name missing from the program is Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor and keynote speaker at the first Tea Party convention earlier this month turned down an invitation to speak. Officials said she had conflicts with some of the sponsors, and insiders said Palin prefers to stand apart and believes that staying outside of the beltway serves her better.

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The speakers didn't stop at taking jabs at Obama. They criticized their own party members, some for not being conservative enough.

"We don't just need a Republican majority. We need a conservative majority on Capitol Hill," Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., said today.

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., echoed similar sentiments Thursday.

"I'd rather have 30 Republicans in the Senate who believe in the principles rather than 60 who don't believe in anything," told attendees.

"I'd rather have 30 Marco Rubios in the Senate than 60 Arlen Specters," he said, comparing the conservative rising star to the senator from Pennsylvania who switched from the GOP to the Democratic caucus last year.

Cheney was hailed as a star. His surprise appearance following his daughter Liz Cheney's speech was met with wild applause, chants of "Cheney" and a standing ovation.

"A welcome like that is almost enough to make me want to run for office," Cheney said, laughing. "But I'm not going to do it."

Brown, the newly minted senator from Massachusetts, also made a surprise appearance to introduce Romney.

"One Democrat said, 'There was no way in hell a Republican was going to get elected to the seat once held by Ted Kennedy.' Well, here I am," said Brown, who received a hero's welcome. "We collectively absolutely have changed the course of politics in America."

Romney, who is the frontrunner for the GOP 2012 nomination in the eyes of many Republicans, made a line-by-line attack against Obama and his agenda.

"President Obama's self-proclaimed B+ will go down in history as the biggest exaggeration since Al Gore's invention of the Internet," Romney said, referring to the president's assessment of his first year in office. "This president will not deserve the credit he will undoubtedly claim. He has prolonged the recession, expanded the pain of unemployment, and added to the burden of debt we will leave future generations.

Assailing the president's health care overhaul push, Romney said, "Obamacare is bad care for America." But he did not mention his own record enacting universal health care legislation in Massachusetts. That legislation was in some ways a model for Democrats' nationwide plans.

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The attacks didn't stop at Obama. Speakers also riled the crowd by assailing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

"Any day that Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi can't get to work is a good day for freedom, liberty and it's a good day for the American people's wallets," Pawlenty said today.

"A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose your job. And a recovery is when Nancy Pelosi loses her job," Pence said.

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