The Fight to Right Washington: Conservatives Rally -- and Worry 

By Jane Hwang and Mark Silva - 2014-03-08T00:58:25Z

Photograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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The Spirit of '76

Dressed in Revolutionary clothing, William Temple, center, of Brunswick, Georgia, ebulliently marks the opening of the second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference. Without convincing ideas, attendees agreed, their party can't win. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, the 2016 presidential hopeful mired in the "Bridgegate" scandal, called on the audience to "start talking about what we're for and not what we're against.'' Christie garnered just 8 percent in the straw poll, finishing fourth behind Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon.