PHOTOS: From Inside CPAC, Stars, Stripes & Selfies

Amidst speeches from potential 2016 contenders at CPAC, conservative activists pose next to cardboard cut-outs of their favorite lawmakers, dress in patriotic garb, and mull the $500 pricetag on a leather tote bag lined with the words of the U.S. Constitution.

Here are some of the highlights.

Red State’s Erick Erickson seems bored already.

But others arrived ready to go in statement-making and patriotic outfits.

And were already arguing about the Constitution.

Although many lawmakers remained on Capitol Hill while the Department of Homeland Security faces a potential shutdown, many were present in cut-out form.

There were some empty seats for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) jokes about how much he hates the New York Times.

But the crowd was out in force for 2016 contender Carly Fiorina.

Conservative groups and vendors seriously brought their swag game.

Though the conference was apparently lacking in Jeb Bush gear.

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