Est. May 2008

03 March, 2013

CPAC Says No To Christie ***UPDATE***

Jonah Goldberg seems a mite put out about CPAC deciding not to invite New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to speak at their annual convention. He’s upset that Christie apparently hasn’t proven his conservative bona fides well enough to CPAC organizers; after all, as Mr. Goldberg points out:
During the crucial final days of the presidential election, Christie didn’t merely embrace President Obama, he all but endorsed him.

Then, during the congressional fight over the disaster-relief bill for victims of superstorm Sandy — a bill with more pork in it than a Jimmy Dean factory — Christie denounced Republicans who wanted to move the legislation a few micrometers closer to kosher. Christie, who built a reputation as a fiscal conservative, not only didn’t care that the relief bill contained, among many other porcine baubles, millions for Alaskan fisheries (which are roughly 4,000 miles out of Sandy’s path), he acted as if Capitol Hill Republicans should be ashamed for even mentioning it.

Oh, and he parroted the gun-control line and flip-flopped on accepting a federal bribe to accept Obamacare funding to expand Medicaid.
But, Mr. Goldberg says these some of these decisions are ‘pretty defensible, others far less so’. But he doesn’t elaborate on which ones are defensible.

Then Mr. Goldberg does something I’ve seen and heard other media folks do – he conflates CPAC (and thereby conservatism) with the Republican Party:
The sociology of CPAC is hard to describe to people outside the conservative movement. In a sense, it’s the Comic-Con of conservatism, overflowing with stalls and barkers like a Middle Eastern bazaar. It also serves as a de facto political convention for the ideological base of the Republican Party.

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The problem is that CPAC is the first bottleneck in the Republican presidential pipeline, and at precisely the moment the party should be making every effort to be — or at least seem! — as open as possible to differing points of view, it’s chosen to exclude the most popular governor in the country.

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(specifically of Chris Christie) The man is going to be reelected as a Republican.

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CPAC is chockablock with speakers who have a limited future — or even a limited past — in the Republican party. (all emphases mine)
And then Mr. Goldberg asks the question I’m asking: ‘since when is CPAC an organ of the Republican party?’ Exactly. CPAC, as far as I know, stands for Conservative Political Action Conference, not the Republican Political Action Conference or the GOP Political Action Conference. Why in the world are folks like Mr. Goldberg (and others) having fantods over a conservative group expecting their speakers to have conservative values?

If there’s one thing which has become painfully clear in the past half-decade, not all conservatives are Republicans, and certainly not all Republicans are conservatives (see Cantor, Boehner, Rove, McCain, and the rest of the GOP elites who gave us McCain in 2008 and Romney (of all people) in 2012). And yes, I mentioned Cantor, who as much as told conservatives to vote for VAWA or they’d cause a civil war. Mark Levin has pointed out that Karl Rove(r) is out for blood against pretty much any conservative Republican who so much as imagines trying to run for office.

Yes, by all means, let’s allow non-conservatives into the conservative ‘big tent’. Then people who attend CPAC can sit back and wonder just exactly why they’re listening to a speaker who sure doesn’t seem all that conservative. Or would it be to pat these speakers on the head for the conservative things they do, and to chop them into fish-bait for the non-conservative things they do, as Mr. Goldberg seems to suggest here:
I happen to hew closer to CPAC’s apparently official position on gun control than to Christie’s. But I’d love to hear him talk about school reform and his battle with public-sector unions. I’d love to see him debate someone on gun control or on how to cut government spending in a climate where people like Christie are so quick to demagogue crisis-exploiting spending.
I can hear it now – ‘They only invited Christie (or pick your non-conservative Republican sucker-bait) so they could tear him down. BOOOOOOOO on CPAC, we’ll never come here again.’

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Such seems to be the conservative’s life these days.

***UPDATE***

Just today I stumbled over this article at WND which tells us Pamela Geller was snubbed by CPAC as well.  But more importantly, Mr. Kovacs gives a short list of people who will be speaking at the event:
Some of this year’s featured speakers include well-known figures such as Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Rick Perry and WND columnist and former presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
Mitt Romney? 

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