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“If you can’t accept Chris Christie as a conservative then you’re really just asking for another election loss in 2016"

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Guess Who Won’t Be Attending Largest Conservative Gathering This Year?


Guess Who Won’t Be Attending Largest Conservative Gathering This Year?

Written by Dahlia Grossman-Heinze

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the largest annual gathering of conservative leaders and activists, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year by once again excluding prominent gay Republican groups GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans—and some speakers are pulling out in protest.

Both GOProud and Log Cabin Republicans have been sponsors in the past, but have been barred from sponsoring the 2013 event. Conservative political commentator S.E. Cupp recently announced that she won’t be speaking at CPAC until it welcomes groups that advocate for gay marriage.

“In the interest of inclusion, it strikes me that now more than ever we should be celebrating our intellectual diversity, not suppressing it,” Cupp said. â€ťIt seems like we’re hardly in a position to be marginalizing any kinds of conservatives, let alone ones who have been so courageous in the face of adversity.” Cupp pointed out that prominent Republicans, including four former governors, have signed a brief arguing for the constitutional right of gay people to marry.

More-progressive commentator Chris Hayes was also invited to speak at CPAC, but said on the air that he would not accept the invitation unless GOProud was included.Because both Cupp and Hayes work for MSNBC, many conservatives will dismiss these walkouts, but CPAC organizers still have to grapple with the fact that marriage equalityenjoys majority support in the United States.

The California proposition that prevents the state from recognizing same-sex marriages should be found unconstitutional, the Justice Department said in recent brief that thrilled gay marriage advocates and 62 percent of young people believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. By excluding and further alienating young voters and conservative gay people, CPAC isn’t doing itself any favors.

Organizers face still more challenges connecting with mainstream America: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hasn’t been invited to speak, either. “If you can’t accept Chris Christie as a conservative then you’re really just asking for another election loss in 2016 and it makes us look crazy in the eyes of the American people,” U.S. Rep. Peter King said.

Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which runs CPAC, says it’s because the governor hasn’t held conservative positions recently. Specifically, Christie praised President Obama’s response to Sandy, supported a $60 billion Sandy relief bill, and funded a temporary expansion of Medicaid in New Jersey.

These exclusions make the Republican base even smaller and give a voice to only a portion of the Republican party. Rather than allowing conservatives to make up their own minds about social issues or the Republican party’s role in bipartisanship, CPAC is trying to create the platform for the Republican party and when members don’t follow suit, kicking them out.

CPAC will be held March 14-16 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Maryland near Washington. Speakers will include Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

This post was originally published by Campus Progress.

 



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LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:31 AM
I feel dirty for agreeing with Peter King.
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Healthystart30
by Silver Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 5:02 AM
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Wow a lot of crazies speaking this year! Maybe the normal republicans should take control before these wackos run the party completely into the ground..... Or not!
Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 7:46 AM
Quoting Goodwoman614:

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the largest annual gathering of conservative leaders and activists, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year by once again excluding prominent gay Republican groups GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans—and some speakers are pulling out in protest.

Both GOProud and Log Cabin Republicans have been sponsors in the past, but have been barred from sponsoring the 2013 event.

What, politically, do CPAC gain by refusing money from gay Republican organisations?

jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 8:05 AM

The support of fundamentalist Christians.


Quoting Clairwil:

Quoting Goodwoman614:

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the largest annual gathering of conservative leaders and activists, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year by once again excluding prominent gay Republican groups GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans—and some speakers are pulling out in protest.

Both GOProud and Log Cabin Republicans have been sponsors in the past, but have been barred from sponsoring the 2013 event.

What, politically, do CPAC gain by refusing money from gay Republican organisations?



coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 8:27 AM
Romney told them to learn from his mistakes. Seems like they don't want to.
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Jennygurl09
by on Mar. 16, 2013 at 8:59 AM

I can already see they are setting themselves up for another loss in 2016.

meriana
by Platinum Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which runs CPAC, says it’s because the governor hasn’t held conservative positions recently

And their position is what? Oh yeah, personal responsibility. Sounds good until one realizes that in their minds it's really just a means of saying the extremely wealthy (and what they want) are all that matter. An entire area gets wiped out by a monster storm and it's "too bad for you, you shouldn't have put your town in the storms path"

AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 9:48 AM
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They will not strengthen their cause by excluding everyone who doesn't walk in lock step. By claiming fewer and fewer people qualify as real conservatives, they are painting themselves into a lonely corner because it will be easy to claim that more and more people don't have what it takes to be a republican. Unlike other areas of life, you don't win elections by excluding people who agree with you on everything but one or two things. Sooner or later, the only people worthy of joining their causes will be conservative talk show hosts and the Koch brothers.
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stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 10:27 AM

They are going to cause a split in the party.  It's too bad it is so impossible to start a 3rd party, because instead of fighting amongst themselves, a splinter group could be broken off.  It all depends on the leadership...if the leadership of the party takes a more moderate stannce they will lose the ultra-cons, but they will gain a whole new flock of people who are more conservative than dems but less conservative than the Koch brothers.  If I was a Republican I would be making a run to the middle, and forcing the wing nuts to splinter off into a minority.

Let the splinter group stand on the sidelines talking about rape sperm repellant and grab the millions of Americans who want to see a conservative compromise and get something done.  Most reasonable people know that in order to move forward, actual comprimise has to happen.  Lets talk about meeting in the middle rather than my way or the highway.

Yes, I know partisan bs happens with the Dems, too, for anyone chomping at the bit to tell me I am a partisan hack.

Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 10:38 AM
Christie has no chance of getting the GOP nomination.
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