Andrew Breitbart Skipping CPAC Due To GOProud Ban
The American Conservative Union’s decision to dis-invite GOProud from the Conservative Political Action Conference is stirring up some controversy on the right:
ST. LOUIS, MO- While speaking to attendees during a lunch at the 2011 Smart Girl Summit, conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart announced that he would be skipping next year’s CPAC in reaction to the American Conservative Union’s decision to bar GOProud from participating in the event.
Pajamas Media’s Roger L. Simon comments:
I cannot speak for PJM as of yet — it’s the weekend and I’m in a ferry queue in Seattle — but I had to speak out personally in immediate support of my friend Andrew Breitbart regarding GOProud. I too will not be attending CPAC next year unless the ban of this organization is lifted. Frankly I am appalled by the decision of CPAC’s new management and I hope they will rescind as soon as possible.
And conservative blogger Jeff Dunetz fears that the ACU’s move to appease social conservatives by barring GOProud from a huge political event in a Presidential election year will only serve to fracture the conservative movement:
The next CPAC convention is a very important one, as it comes just nine months before what has the opportunity to be a turning point American election. For the future of the country it is crucial that Conservatives become a real force in the Senate, Take over the White House and add to our number in the House. Fighting the liberal/progressive machine of both parties will not be easy. The only way we can win is to grow the conservative base and to remain united in our purpose.
What the American Conservative Union did with CPAC has nothing to do with true conservative values, because GOProud supports those, just reread the list above. Sadly the ACU is trying to divide its ranks at a time when it should be uniting, it is trying to retract the conservative movement at a time it should be expanding.
Not allowing GOProud to sponsor CPAC again in 2012 was a stupid, stupid move. It made achieving our election 2012 goals that much more difficult.
In actuality, GOProud’s involvement in CPAC 2011 was very well received from my own observations, and they ended up hosting the most in-demand social event of the entire weekend. What the ACU thinks its accomplishing by barring them is beyond me.