However edifying this year’s CPAC gathering will be for attendees, its organizers have provided plenty of entertainment value to the public in the run-up to the event. Who will appear — Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Dr. Ben Carson, for example — hasn’t caused as much of a stir as who won’t be in attendance. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wasn’t invited, GOProud has been excluded, and today Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Initiative announced that her application to speak has been ignored.
Geller, who recently won a court battle to have her pro-Israel, anti-jihad posters displayed in New York and Washington, D.C., train stations, suggests in a blog post that her articles criticizing American Conservative Union board member Grover Norquist have made her persona non grata at CPAC despite a record of standing-room-only appearances.
Twitchy founder and CEO Malkin offers plenty of background on that “certain board member.”
Think Progress editor Judd Legum was among those declaring allegiance to #TeamGrover — reason enough to suspect CPAC has made a poor choice in dropping Geller.
Shh… You don’t want people to think you’re an Islamophobe, do you?
Will everyone keep quiet for the sake of party harmony? Let’s hope not.