Matthew Dowd: CPAC 'Reminds me of Going to the Land Before Time'

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Matthew Dowd: CPAC 'Reminds me of Going to the Land Before Time'
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Matthew Dowd: CPAC 'Reminds me of Going to the Land Before Time' (ABC News)

Dowd: CPAC is like the 'Flintstones' and the 'Land Before Time'

DOWD: To me imagery and who is there and what you say is important. And I don't think divisions are a bad thing. I actually think that a conservative message that is built for the 21st century would be a good thing. CPAC to me reminds me of going to the "Land Before Time." And it's like going to a "Flintstones" episode in my view.

It's like a bunch of dinosaurs, most of them are like throwbacks in times. It's like who's running for Grand Poobah of the "Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes" is what it looks like to me.

When you have Sarah Palin, who is a - it's an amazing situation to me, it's between her and the Kardashians, I think you add it up, between a Palin connection and the Kardashians, there's 10 reality shows that have been built around that.

I don't think it's helpful to the Republican Party. I think there are some people, Marco Rubio in there, who will become and are stars of the party. I think CPAC's time has come and gone. And it's time for somebody to put together a 21st century conservative agenda.

Below you can find some of the notable comments made Sunday on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." Roundtable guests included ABC News' George Will and Matthew Dowd; House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.; co-host of NPR's All Things Considered Audie Cornish; former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, chair of Good360; former Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; former Bush National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley; and former Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chair Gen. James Cartwright (USMC, Ret.).

Becerra believes a 'break in the stalemate' will occur soon on budget

BECERRA: Well, some of us are having conversations on other matters like immigration, which is perhaps more intractable than the budget. And I think there's a really good chance that we'll make progress there…I think people, Americans, just want to see us move forward. And so I think they want to see us get something done. And so I think - you're going to see a break in this stalemate soon.

Cornish heard a lot of 'meh' on the Hill after Portman switched his gay marriage stance

CORNISH: This is definitely met with a meh by people I know.

RADDATZ: A meh?

CORNISH: Yeah, sort of like, eh, you know, maybe.

And - but also I think what's remarkable, you aren't seeing a lot of like fits of outrage and like very angry emails coming through from people on the other side of this. So, maybe, there's a shift going on regardless of what you think.

Will reiterates 'opposition to gay marriage is literally dying'

WILL: [Portman] will not be the last, because the demographic tide here is large, powerful and execrable. I have said on this program before, opposition to gay marriage is literally dying, it's an older demographic. And if you raise the question among young people, they're not interested. And I dare say this is one of the good things about CPAC. As you saw at CPAC, this was another division and again, a healthy one. It's largely young people attend CPAC. And this is not at the top of their agenda. It's not even on their agenda.

Albright says the Bush administration invaded Iraq for 'God knows what reason'

ALBRIGHT: I supported President Bush on Afghanistan because that is where the people that attacked us on 9/11 came from. The administration - the Bush administration took their eye off the ball in Afghanistan in order to go to Iraq for God knows what reason.

And we now are in a position where neither war is being supported. And we are worried about what is going to happen next. I fully agree with Steve that we now have to worry about what infrastructure there is in Iraq, also in Afghanistan, and the spillover this has on Syria.

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