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Lessons from CPAC 2013

Trying to wrap our heads around the broad spectrum of opinions and ideologies writ large across the head gear, lapels and promotional materials being toted around the latest Conservative Political Action Conference proved to be a mind scrambler.

Here’s what we took away from the opening day of the philosophical free-for-all:

Built This sign
(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

At least one industrious entrepreneur has taken President Barack Obama’s famously twisted words to heart.

Marco Rubio water bottle
(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Laugh with them. Laugh at them. It’s all the same as long as the money keeps rolling in.

Fire Pelosi cap
(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Can’t say they think too highly of the House minority leader.

Stand with Rand supporters
(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Some really respect modern rabble-rousers.

Posing with Ben Franklin
(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Others would prefer to simply travel back in time.

GOP lounge sign
(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

For a supposedly uptight group, Republicans sure seem to appreciate the art of relaxation.

Political spectrum game
(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The majority appears to lean more libertarian than anything else (save for the closet hippie keeping former Rep. Dennis Kucinich company)

Black Republic pin
(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

A minority is holding out hope things will get even darker before the dawn. (We can dig it.)

Legalize pot guy
(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

A few visionaries believe the entire country is going to pot. (And that is, apparently, a good thing.)

Transformers guys
(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

You heard it here first: Michael Bay 2016.

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