Not Enough National Drama? Lets Start a CPAC Civil War!
Oys, headdesks and facepalms all around, everyone.
Some may recall the stir caused by last year's sponsorship of CPAC by GOProud, a group of gay Republicans whose platform reads like a Tea Party manifesto, with no mention of "gay issues". But since they self-identify as gay, three groups boycotted the event. The Heritage Foundation, Concerned Women for America and some family values group or another. Attendees to last year's event will also remember two things vividly:
- The CPAC party was THE hot ticket. Not to stereotype, but I will anyway, gays know how to throw a party. Breitbart was there, Coulter was there, all the yoots were there. Good time had by all, though they may have been hurting in the morning.
- Harshing people's mellow, a young speaker the next day delivered a harangue against gaydom generally, and how it had no place in the conservative movement. He was hooted off the stage by irate attendees. Thus giving a sense of the gathering.
Well, this year, Breitbart will have left the building. The chair of the ACU has passed from David Keene to one Al Cardenas, who has announced that GOProud will not be allowed as a sponsor this year. I have a theory about this involving taut domestic drama in the Cardenas household . You may draw your own conclusions.
But the upshot is this: we're going to look bad. They will pound us on this. Gays aren't a huge voting bloc (be generous and say 5%), but most people are sympathetic. Our candidates will be asked about it relentlessly, and will be on defense. And it's all so unnecessary. GOProud doesn't wander the corridors of CPAC french kissing while wearing chaps sans pants. They're conservatives, of a Tea Party sort.
Besides, who wants to attend the big bash thrown by the Concerned Women for America? Sounds like a fun crowd. Oy.