The Republican Party is not known for promoting casual dating, so naturally the Conservative Political Action Conference's panel on conservative dating drew more reporters -- like NASCAR fans rooting for a crash -- than small-government singletons ISO same. But while the panel offered some acceptably embarrassing quotes, not to mention a semi-famous "pick-up artist" who goes by Juggler, the real lessons appear to be going on in nearby hotels. Inspired by Slate's Dave Weigel's discovery of some CPACer seeking "casual encounters" on Craigslist, we found 10 listings for dudes seeking dudes mentioning CPAC, and we thought we'd compare their approaches to the expert's advice
Is it unfair to compare advice clearly meant for heterosexuals to gay CPACers on Craigslist? Maybe. We searched for CPAC women in "missed connections" and other personals and found none, unfortunately. However, Talking Points Memo reporter Benjy Sarlin tweeted that Juggler "says it's basically the same tricks for dating gay conservatives."
CPAC Tip: "When talking to the cute girl in a group don't just talk to the girl, bring other people in." (via Sarlin.)
Craigslist says: Correct! "Curious about getting together with other masculine, discreet guys, but can't do it back home? Join this hot group of straight, bi, and curious CPAC guys on Friday night."
CPAC Tip: "Conservative dating tip 6: Bring up sex early, but not necessarily first date. Otherwise stuck in the 'friend zone.'" (via Sarlin.)
Craigslist says: Incorrect. "horny guy but wanna be discreet fooling around and i bet if youre here for cpac you need to be too. not looking to be crazy but making out, oral maybe more is cool for me if it is for you. your pics and stats get mine and definitely real quiet about trying this hope you will be too."
CPAC Tip: "Sometimes it can be great meeting somebody and not hooking up." (via Yahoo News' Chris Moody.)
Craigslist says: It depends. "Hi fellow conservatives. I am attending CPAC and would like to meet others with whom I can hang out, attend events and discuss the events/speeches later on as well. Friends and network connections are great," says a poster under the heading "CPAC - m4m - 26."
CPAC Tip: "Avoid online dating. The hot girls are 'inundated' with messages." (via Sarlin.)
Craigslist says: Incorrect. Obviously.
CPAC Tip: "Young participant at CPAC dating panel describes perfect girl as 5' 7", good hair, nice skin, 'works for FOX News.'" (via Sarlin.)
Craigslist says: Close! Example: "Very non conspicious as I will have a sport coat and tie on." Also: "I am looking to host a CPAC attendee/s. like guys with a conservative look." And: "Normal young prof guy here clean cut 5 10 150 auburn blue [anatomical reference redacted]."
CPAC Tip: "Girl at CPAC dating seminar: 'What about dating members of the liberal media? ...What if I wanted to branch out?'" (via Moody.)
Craigslist says: No. "looking to meet up with other CPAC bi-guys." CPAC only, okay?