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.

  • michael s

    I don’t stand with Pamela.

    • Jack Deth

      To the surprise of no one.

    • KansasGirl

      So, who do you stand with, michael?

      • Secede

        He stands behind Obama- with his nose buried in our Dear Leader’s rear end.

        • Rabid

          When he’s not looking for the snake under Obama’s desk…

          • SpinMeNot


    • J. Cox

      No,peeps like you who want to see Israel destroyed would rather cry racist and islamaphobia than deal with hard truths.Please let your nearest terror cell know that you stand with them.

    • Corey Dennison

      No one cares.

    • Joe W.

      As far as I’m concerned, you can go stand in the middle of the freeway at 5 p.m.

    • Jillane Kent

      Do you stand for the institutions she maligns?
      How about Sharia law, stoning, beheading, child abuse, suicide bombings?

    • IceColdTroll

      We don’t care what you think.

  • ssj429

    Honestly, people need to stop complaining about who will not be attending CPAC. This is CPAC we are talking about, not the Republican National Convention! Seriously, the people who are complaining about this, along with slamming CPAC as being “closed-minded,” need to seriously reexamine their views. They are the ones being closed-minded.

    • Catchance

      This is not just a petty little disagreement about conservative talking points. This is a core value. If Islam were really peaceful, and there were just a few jihadists, there wouldn’t be a problem. But their avowed goal is to destroy both the U.S. (the great Satan) and Israel. Call me an Islamaphobe if you want, but the Koran is what dictates their beliefs, and the Koran says death to infidels, and anyone who doesn’t believe in Islam is an infidel.
      Remember 9/11… both 2001 and 2012.

    • GeneralSpecific

      “…will not be attending CPAC.” No, she requested to speak at CPAC; she was snubbed. You are right about one thing;this is not the RNC – they too can kiss my ass and scrounge for sofa change. CPAC has become a politically correct joke. No balls, no direction, no principle. Have fun at the pep rally.

    • Jillane Kent

      Should one not speak up when a group that purports to represent them behaves in a manner in which they disagree?

  • Joe W.

    Big mistake this time by CPAC. Not only is Ms. Geller conservative, she is tirelessly working to expose Islam for the evil that it is.

    • BlueGood

      Almost as big a mistake as the GOP made last year by excluding Sarah Palin & the Tea Party from the Convention & election process….

      A 3rd. Party is really due….as the existing two, do NOT do, well at all, for your Country!

      • Joe W.

        Correct. However, I no longer consider MY country as the United States. MY country is Texas, and we are working on dissolving our Statehood in favor of an independent Republic. The US has been destroyed by Barack Obama and his left wing moon bats, and the culture and morality of the nation has gone to the dredges. We are working on Texas independence, and it may take some time, but I do believe it is inevitable. Would LOVE to have Gov. Palin move here and assist us in our effort, but she is committed to trying to salvage America. In my view, that is not very likely to happen…

        • wwbdinct

          I’m curious to know what you feel about those who say that Texas will soon be a blue state. Is that really a possibiity or just bluster?

          • Joe W.

            I think that Texas will turn “blue” about the same time that Barack Obama tells the truth and Moochelle Obama becomes proud of her country. Won’t happen. Austin is pretty liberal, (actually, really liberal), and a good deal of Houston is as well. the rest of the state is about as red as you’ll find.

          • wwbdinct

            Heh heh. Thanks. I’ll take your word for it and remember that for the trolls who keep saying it’s going to happen.

          • $41341954

            I wouldn’t call it trolling, I call it demographics. If we can get the Latino vote, how can we win in Texas in 2030 after amnesty, followed by citizenship giving Latinos nearly 50% of the voting population.

          • wwbdinct

            I’m talking about the trolls that I have seen on various conservative sites who are “boasting” that Texas is on it’s way to becoming a blue state. That Hillary will win Texas in 2016. Just asking someone who lives there what their opinion was – that’s all.

          • $41341954

            2016 is certainly a stretch, 2028 on scares me.

          • Billie Slash

            We use pictures of Hillary’s face for target practice.
            No effing way she wins Texas…..just sayin’.

          • Hiraghm

            To get the Latino vote, you’ll have to turn Texas into Mexico del Norte.
            No gracias.

          • $23629333

            When talk of secession becomes serious, and the secessionists make it clear that an independent Texas would be nothing like America today, there will be an emigration of “blues” and an immigration of “reds.”

          • Hiraghm

            Not really, since, unless they manage to obliterate the influence of the cultures of the illegal alien invaders in Texas, the “nothing like America today” would become more like Mexico of today. Corrupt and authoritarian, with no understanding of or appreciation for what the American Founding Fathers gave the U.S.

      • Vinny Raineri

        Much as I dislike saying this, Romney won the Primary fairly (or as fairly as possible given corrupt, power hungry media.)

    • Soka Moka

      Gellar is a nut. She has NEVER been invited to speak

      Cus she has her own org , she goes to CPAC events, setups her own events in direct competition with the CPAC events CPAC already has forums on jihadists.
      Gellar is an insane nutjob
      THEN she spreads propaganda against CPAC and the NRA

      Stop the madness. Go look at, the site Michelle M sold…….They are promoting anti conservatism and twisting libertarianism into something its not

      If you want to stop liberalism being passed off as conservatism and libertarianism start by finding out who purchased Hotair from Michelle and the identity of “allahpundit” ,…an atheist

    • $23629333

      Here we thought Sarah Palin was the woman most despised by the folks in charge. Apparently – given her invitation to speak at CPAC, and the lack of the same for Pamela Geller – that is not the case. Being deemed “Islamophobic” is THE great sin today, in America.

      • Hiraghm

        Saw that coming not long after 9/11 when the leftists in government and the media almost immediately started the myth of the persecuted Moslem in America, forcing anybody who wanted to stay in business to bend over backwards demonstrating how tolerant they were of the 7th century death cult.

        Let’s see… they have killed thousands of innocents around the world, swear their intention of conquering the entire world in the name of Islam… yeah, darn right I’m phobic about Islam.

  • Steve_J

    When you have the Think Progress editor standing with Norquist that should be enough to jettison Norquist.

    • gensec

      You don’t think Pamela Geller being a retarded and/or insane birther is a good enough reason to tell her to stay away? You would want your organization’s credibility measured by including a birther among your invited speakers?? As long as some moron denounces Muslims, it means they should be taken seriously no matter how idiotic everything else they say is? Here’s retarded Pamela on her own blog insisting Obama was born in Kenya, or some such outside Hawaii USA: And years later Geller’s still disputing the birth certificate: Look, I know every political organization has to suck up to some overly excitable types, because that includes a lot of activists – But are you and Malkin still insisting that birthers like Pamela Geller (or equivalently 9/11 truthers on the left) should be invited to a group that wants to be taken seriously?

      • Hiraghm

        replace the word “birther” with the word “Jew”, or the “n-word”. It’s still mindless, dismissive bigotry.

        Obama was born in Hawaii. His father was not. Therefore, according to Article 2, section 1, clause 5 of the Constitution, he is not eligible to hold the office of President, as he is not a “natural born citizen” but merely a “citizen”, or “native born citizen”.

        Considering the preponderance of Earth-worshipers in Democrat party and other leftist organizations who take globular warming seriously, you really shouldn’t point fingers at people who merely want the supreme law of the land obeyed.

        • Sasha Williams

          Romney is an anchor baby by your failboat interpretation then.

        • gensec

          Retarded birthers (redundant adjective? Sorry 😉 like Jim Williams can’t tell the difference between discriminating on circumstances of birth vs. discriminating against moronic conpiracy theory believers. Sorry Jim, we Americans (our forefathers back then) passed the Constitution’s 14th Amendment, to slap down the 19th century Dred Scott pro-slavery decision that claimed some native born Americans were less equal than others.

          But even leaving aside your kooky interpretation of the Constitution, you can’t deny that Pamela Geller is an even bigger kook, questioning the fact that our moron President Obama was born in the USA.

          I know Jim Williams won’t defend the original issue, birther kook Geller’s claim that Obama was born in Kenya or Indonesia or wherever outside the USA, you’ll just try to change the subject to some other other idiocy lol.

          BTW Jim, can’t you at least come out and say you’re happy that that American patriots led by President Lincoln won the Civil War, defeating the southern traitors?

  • gvanderleun

    The weak slime that has infected the Republican part seems to be infecting the conservative wing as well. Drive them both fast to their tombs.

  • Maxx

    Folks, we’ve got to stop treating conservatism as if it’s a tree house where only a select few with the secret handshake get to enter.

    If your neighbor agrees with you on 75-80% of your views, that’s a good thing, is it not? So why would that be discouraged in political circles? I have many conservative friends who disagree with me on several important issues and vice versa but we sure as hell aren’t pro-choice, anti-Israel, gun-control snobs, entitlement-crazy, tax-the-rich advocates, etc.

    My political opponent isn’t the one who isn’t conservative enough, it’s the one who isn’t conservative AT ALL.

    Pamela Geller is a compelling conservative figure and deserves to be heard at a place where conservatism is supposed to be treasured…honored…celebrated. Mark Levin agrees. This is a mistake.

    Stop treating our warriors this way.

    • Finrod Felagund

      This, a hundred times over. As Reagan said, someone who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is an 80 percent ally not a 20 percent traitor.

      • Maxx

        The wisdom of Ronaldus Maximus is as important today as it was during the 80’s. If we don’t stop this exclusionary circular firing squad, we might put ourselves in a position where we won’t have a conservative President until the year 2024.

        RONALD REAGAN, farewell address, Jan. 11, 1989

        “I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it.
        But in my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans,
        wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here.”

        Note not one mention of “conservatives only” in that entire paragraph. Reagan understood that to bring people with us to that shining city, we could not identify them as enemies who must be converted; rather as friends we have not yet met. IOW, let the deeds of conservatism be our voice and the centrists and blue dogs will come; however that task is made inherently more difficult when our party is picking and choosing who “qualifies” as conservative as if we were selecting a prom court.

        Republicans became splintered in 1992 and the end result was eight years of Clinton.

        Are we going to make that same mistake again and watch history repeat itself?

        How are we to convince others to leave the party of exclusion if we are becoming the very thing we are asking others to leave?

        • gensec

          Before you wrap yourself too tight in the shroud of President Reagan in your support of birther kook Geller, remember that Reagan strongly supported Bill Buckley, the leading force in marginalizing John Birch Society conspiracy theorists to the irrelevant fringe of the Republican party. Are you really claiming that birther conspiracy theory retards like Pamela Geller deserve any more respect than the John Birch Society conspiracy kooks, that Buckley and Reagan ran out of mainstream conservative politics?

          • Hiraghm

            There is no conspiracy; or if there is, the Founding Fathers were in on it when they wrote Article 2, section 1, clause 5 of the Constitution as they did.

        • Hiraghm

          Why should we try convincing them? I don’t care what party a person belongs to, so long as he believes in small, Constitutional government. That someone has the “Republican” label does NOT make him my ally, nor does it mean he agrees with ME 80% of the time.

          Let’s say he agrees with you 80% of the time, but you only agree with me 80% of the time, which means, at best, he agrees with me… 64% of the time?

          I’m right, y’all are wrong; you wanna be right, agree with me. I, personally, don’t want to be wrong and see no logic in agreeing with those who are wrong for the sake of amity.

          “The Duke of Norfolk:
          Oh confound all this. I’m not a scholar, I don’t know whether the
          marriage was lawful or not but dammit, Thomas, look at these names! Why can’t you do as I did and come with us, for fellowship!

          Sir Thomas More:
          And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?”
          – A Man for All Seasons

      • Corey Dennison

        Libs who try and turn conservatives against the memory of Reagan tend to forget this little gem.

      • Hiraghm

        He’s a 100% traitor if he gives aid and comfort to the enemy!

  • NRPax

    The moment you use the made up word “Islamaphobia” as the reason you don’t like someone, you’re obviously in the category “too stupid to live.”

  • nc

    This is eye-opening, head-scratching stuff. Geller snubbed by CPAC? Norquist an Islamist sympathizer? It appears things are even more dire than I thought (and that already was pretty bad).

    ps: I #StandWithPamelaGeller

    • Soka Moka

      In the past she has set up her OWN independent events AT CPAC
      Even tho they have their own forum on Islam that she and her crazies can attend.

      If you stand with Pam Geller then you are an idiot She’s a nut.

  • Sasha Williams

    Look at all these conservatives flocking to support that racist scum Geller. You would think they would invite her to speak at CPAC but I guess they can’t be seen openly supporting a white supremacist. Leave that to the behind the scenes.

    • SpinMeNot

      Racist? What exactly is racist about attempting to communicate the reality of the danger presented by radical Islam to the indoctrinated masses? Islamic Jihad is not a warm fuzzy individual struggle to become a better Muslim. The power brokers of the Muslim world are interested in one thing, the re-establishment and the Caliphate, under Sharia Law where those that don’t convert are instantly relegated to 2nd class citizen that are required to pay an special tax.

      I’m guessing in your World, Al Qaeda is a group of people fighting for their freedom, and that children of Israel deserve to be blown up while sleeping, or on the bus to school?

      The only racism that I see in and around Pamela Geller are her critics.

    • Michelle

      Islam is a religion and not a race. You folks are so conditioned to slap down that race card, you don’t even realize when you’re playing it when race isn’t even being discussed.

      • mike_in_kosovo

        What do you expect from #LowInfoLibs ?

      • Sasha Williams

        LOL I know Islam is not a religion, unlike you who probably had to google that to find a rebuttal.

        • Corey Dennison

          The don’t throw around terms like “White Supremecist” to describe people who speak out against violent Islamic extremism. Then you won’t look and sound like such a dolt.

    • Jillane Kent

      A) What evidence do you have that she is a ‘white supremacist’?
      B) Islam is not a race
      C) What has she said that is not true? Most of her material is comprised of links to news articles with commentary.

      • Sasha Williams

        Where did I say Islam is a race? What she says is based on a few, not all

        • Corey Dennison

          Well, you did stupidly call her a “White Supremecist” (still laughing at the dopishness of that move on your part) for speaking out against Islamic fundamentalism…”White Spremecists are by nature and defintion racists–as Racist as their Black Supremecist counterparts: The Black Panthers.

          You fail.

        • Jillane Kent

          You called her racist scum and a white supremacist for operating a blog that is critical of the worst aspects of the Islamic faith. If you have real evidence of racism, now would be the time to share it with the class.

    • Corey Dennison

      I guess they can’t be seen openly supporting a white supremacist.

      Free lesson for you: Pamela Gellar (whom I generally support) is a Jew.

      She could no more be a ‘white supremecist’ than Eddie Murphy could. Here’s your race card back. Dummy.

      ps: I #StandWithPamelaGeller

      • Sasha Williams

        Is she a Jew or is she just Jewish? There is a difference. Know the facts before you spew garbage. She reuses the same rhetoric used to kill, rape, and rob the Native Americans who lived here before the Europeans. They’re “savages” and we are “civilized” so we should be the big man on campus.

        • Corey Dennison

          Know the facts before you spew garbage.

          Take your own advice, dummy.

    • IceColdTroll

      LOL, look at the leftard calling a Jewish gal a “white supremacist!”

      But I’m curious: tell me precisely what it is that makes her “racist scum”: point out, please, one lie or misrepresentation in particular, with cite or other evidence.

      I mean, for example, is reporting this story: “Islamic Subject Teacher Arrested for Allegedly Molesting 13 Students” “racist”?

      Or this:

      Somali Christian Murdered by Al-Shabaab”

      If so, please explain how.

  • Adela Wagner

    This is what turned me off to Christie soon after I was crazy about him, did a little research on his relationship with radical imam Mohammed Qatanani and Qatanani’s Lawyer,Sohail Mohammed (who is a mouthpiece for radical Islam) who Christie nominated to be a NJ state judge. And now Norquist is sucked in…. LINES MUST BE DRAWN PEOPLE, lines MUST be drawn.

    • Soka Moka

      Who in with Clinton and Bush. prior to his exposee…….Norquist and Kearn saw the “moderate muslim” with two Presidents . Why are they responsbile for falling for Sohails ruse and not the Presidents of the USA?
      They arent. Geller is nuts and you are falling for her propaganda

  • DavidKramer

    The establishment is making the tent smaller, because we cannot offend the jihadists, we have to have them in our tent as well don’t you know. Those against the jihadists will just have to join the Coptic Christians and DIE!

  • JadedByPolitics

    I have been to CPAC it is a standard old school GOP POS conference not worth the time of day of conservatives, $$$$ better spent on yourself!

  • RogueRose

    CPAC 2013 facebook page..

  • $19701396

    If all of these people want to “stand” with Gellar, why don’t they drop out of CPAC to show solidarity?

  • kim

    So, now that they have finally come for someone we like, how many will stand up and email demands that CPAC include these people? How many will boycott and not support if they do not?

  • san rafael blue

    Can somebody explain to me, a simple Tea party enthusiast, why does Grover Norquist hold such influence? Why? Who’s Son is he? That said, I think we should invite GOPproud. I love Pam, but, we do not have to invite her every single year. Besides, we are slowly easing out of two active wars and spending more energy thinking about our own country. I’m still livid at Christie. No soup for him EVER! Christie cannot be trusted anyway. He is a younger, more portly version of Bloomberg. I do believe that!

    • Steve_J

      We might be leaving two wars but the moslems war against the U S and West in general continues.

      • Hiraghm

        one war, three theaters; Iraq, Afghanistan and the U.S. (DHS/TSA).

    • Hiraghm

      I dunno who he is, but I never liked him on Sesame Street…

  • westside_resident

    I long for the return of the days when she recorded her videos in a bikini.

  • Franklin Brett Lackey

    The Republican National Committee called me for a donation the other day….I’m still so glad I told them no….

  • Steve_J

    If the Republican Party works with the Hispanic community, the immigrant community, they’re natural allies. People who came to this country are more freedom-loving and more American than people who just happened to be born here.
    Grover Norquist
    According to a recent pole only about 19% feel that way the rest like bigger government and more government benefits.

  • $23629333

    After watching “The Silencers” last night, I realize that anyone could be a turncoat.

    Can we be sure which side Grover Norquist is on? Remember David Brock?*

    (* I ask again, have David Brock and Ann Coulter ever been seen at the same place at the same time?)

  • JonInVa

    why have the past two losers, Romney and Palin? I like them, I voted for them, but they lost. We need fresh constitutional conservatives without baggage of defeat.

  • dunst43

    It’s time for the Conservative Party of America. The GOP is dead, but we can resurrect the party of Lincoln. We can acknowledge the prescience of the Founders and live to augment their vision. Just a little courage is all it takes.

    • Hiraghm

      the GOP, as it exists today, IS the party of Lincoln.

      Lincoln was not a Founding Father.

      • gensec

        Jim Williams says that today’s Republican part “IS the party of Lincoln”

        Tell me Jim, do you consider being “the party of Lincoln” a good quality or a bad quality? (Just wondering if you’re holding on to your Confederate traitors’ currency 😉

  • dunst43

    I guess I’m Islamophobic. Islam scares the crap out of me. Pamela Gellar has put her life on the line to educate us about what Islam teaches its adherents. She deserves to be at CPAC.