The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is less than a month away and the now-annual kerfuffle over the participation of gay conservative group GOProud was in full swing on Twitter this weekend.
When GOProud co-sponsored CPAC in 2011, several conservative groups boycotted the conference. Later that year, the American Conservative Union’s board of directors voted to exclude GOProud from formal participation in 2012 and the welcome mat is still rolled up.
Naturally, the liberal media presented this as unimpeachable evidence of the Right’s “H8” and intolerance. But among conservatives on Twitter, there’s little controversy over whether to embrace gay conservatives as allies in the fight against the progressive agenda.
Many on the Right have harsh words for some of GOProud’s past decisions.
Shortly before the 2011 CPAC, GOProud co-founder Chris Barron branded conservative attorney Cleta Mitchell a “nasty bigot.” And in late 2011, the group attracted an avalanche of well-deserved criticism, including condemnation from its own members, for the appalling outing of Gov. Rick Perry’s chief pollster.
But for many conservatives, this isn’t about deifying a particular organization while ignoring its warts. It’s about not marginalizing dedicated conservative warriors, gay or straight.
And here’s something else the mainstream media won’t tell you: It’s not just squishes criticizing CPAC.
Plenty of social conservatives are eager to fight liberalism alongside gay allies.
Indeed, many gay conservatives are stalwart champions of fiscal conservatism, patriotism, the pro-life movement, and even — gasp! — traditional marriage. Meanwhile, the ACU promoted conservafraud Donald Trump and embraces Grover Norquist, a board member who has actively undermined conservative goals. (Norquist also joined the GOProud advisory council in 2010.)
In fact, CPAC welcomes many speakers who disagree with the ACU on crucial issues.
Yes, MSNBC host Chris Hayes received an invitation to speak on a CPAC panel this year. That’s the same Chris Hayes who said he was “uncomfortable” calling fallen soldiers “heroes.”
At least one conservative blogger suggested a free market solution.
Exit question from blogger Sister Toldjah: