The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), is probably the single biggest and most important gathering of conservative activists in the country. This year, the speakers included Dick Cheney and almost every GOP presidential candidate. So, what's on the menu for February of 2008?
"Invited Speakers Include: Vice President Dick Cheney, George Will, Wayne LaPierre, David Horowitz, Gov.-elect Bobby Jindal, Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Rep. Tom Tancredo, Rep. Mike Pence, Bob Novak, Mike Huckabee, Gov. Sarah Palin, Rep. Ron Paul, Phyllis Schlafly and many, many more conservative celebrities, policy makers and authors."
That's from CPAC 2008's official Facebook group. Only three other Governors have been invited to my knowledge: Bobby Jindal (LA) and Rick Perry (TX) are both mentioned on the Facebook group, and I have read another post indicating that Haley Barbour (MS) has also been invited. This listing as a potential featured speaker at CPAC is confirmation that Gov. Palin has become one of the brightest stars of American conservatism. I use the past-tense "has become" very purposefully; because "future stars" don't get to speak at CPAC, only "stars".