CPAC Top 10: Collectibles for Conservatives

Feb 11, 2011 4:58pm

ABC News’ Amy Bingham and Devin Dwyer report: Every year we troll the exhibit halls at CPAC in search of the quirkiest trinkets, souvenirs and conservative-themed products on display.  Here are our picks for the top ten of 2011:  1. Political Caricature Stress Ball   Debt ceiling got you down? Grab a Democrat and squeeze that frustration right out! “They’re my favorite,” said Diane Barrus, a conference-goer from Midlothian, Va. “You can poke pins in them like a voodoo doll!”   2. Conservative Fortune Cookies Looking for fortune in a down economy? Americans for Prosperity offers some advice: “Reagan says: As govt expands, liberty contracts,” one cookie’s fortune reads.   “Everyone wants to know what their fortune is, especially in these economic times,” said booth worker Daryn Iwicki. 3. ”Kiss Me I’m A Republican” Buttons If you’re searching for a Valentine, Frank Enten, 80, who’s been selling memorabilia at CPAC since the conference first started, said he might have a solution:  his “Kiss Me I’m a Republican” buttons.  “They’re guaranteed to work!” he said. 4. Liberty & Freedom Playing Cards Conference goers have flocked to these playing cards, featuring photos of conservative icons Ayn Rand, Adam Smith and Milton Friedman.  “People come to booths to get the free stuff,” said Nikki Camerford of The Heartland Institute. “So why not give them liberty and freedom?”  Camerford passed out about 700 decks of cards in less than two days.    5.”We used to hunt Communists; now we elect them” Bumper Sticker    Slogans abound at CPAC, and the Young Americans for Liberty booth had some of the most entertaining.  “We used to hunt communists; now we elect them”, “Boo Hoo! I’m so scared! Government, please save me!” and “The answer to 1984 is 1776″ read several bumper stickers for sale. “I think it really resonates,” said Piyali Bhattadharya. “I think people kind of want a revolution of sorts, 1776 style, that will bring government back to its roots” 6. Virtual Reality Shotgun Game CPAC attendees could “exercise” their Second Amendment right to bear arms with a shotgun video game sponsored by the NRA.  “It had a huge draw with interaction, without someone preaching to you,” said Steven Gates, who earned an impressively high score shooting virtual clay disks with the toy shotgun.  7. Straw Poll Straw Hats Shaun McCultcheon, the financier of Presidential hopeful Dale Peterson’s CPAC giveaway, said the western wear might just inspire folks to vote for Peterson in the conference’s straw poll. “It’s a pretty sweet hat,” passer-by Daniel Buckingham said. “Had to get one of these bad boys.” Lisette Garcia called the hat the “awesomest” item at the conference. 8. Yo! Can CPAC Yo-Yo?   Can you “walk the dog”? Or do “the sleeper”? The folks at hope conservatives know their tricks!  The bright red Hot Air yo-yo “brings out our inner child,” one staffer said.     9. Bottle Opener This bling isn’t free (you have to win the Students for Liberty credit card raffle), but it could come in handy, since Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said Thursday that drinks are on her. “People with experience with them know how great they are,” Stacy Litz said of the compact top-popper.  10.”The New Democrat” a Dr. Seuss Parody of Obama White House It sells for $20, but cartoonist George Patrick Fields says copies of “The New Democrat” by “Dr. Truth” have been flying off the shelves.  The parody chronicles the first two years of the Obama White House in Dr. Seuss style. Check it out:   

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