Last year, there was a strong ripple in conservative ranks, moving toward no longer donating to the Republican party. Instead, people started donating directly to candidates it supported. Why? Frustration with the Republican National Committee’s ineptitude and unwillingness to fully support tea party candidates.
This comes to mind when returning to the subject mentioned yesterday, namely why I’m not going to CPAC.
Quoting anything from the New York Times is painful, but in this instance is necessary. A few days ago, it ran a story on the boycott being staged against CPAC by groups opposed to the presence of GOProud as one of the conference sponsors. In the story comes this from David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union and its conference a/k/a CPAC:
Mr. Keene, in remarks that could further inflame his opponents, said that he would not oppose participation by a group that shared conservative views on free enterprise and defense but favored abortion rights.
Um… say wha?
When the first CPAC meetings were held in the 1970s, he said, many conservatives supported abortion rights, in the tradition of Barry Goldwater.
Oh, well, that makes it all better then…
… actually, no it does not.
It is incomprehensible that an organization can simultaneously claim to be the standard bearer for conservative values and state that groups who favor the murder of unborn children is welcome in the ranks.
No, they are not.
Neither is an organization who would include them.
The American Conservative Union will never get a dime of my money.
And that’s another reason why I’m not going to CPAC.