GOProud at CPAC creates controversy, calls for boycotts

posted at 1:30 pm on December 16, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The Conservative Political Action Conference is the pinnacle of events for conservative activists.  Held annually in Washington DC in the winter, it aggregates hundreds of conservative activist groups and thousands of attendees, and attracts high-profile figures on the Right, including national and regional politicians hoping to tap CPAC’s energy.  Not all of these groups agree with each other on all issues, and sometimes the close quarters results in some entertaining debates (and sometimes just silly displays, such as the porpoise that followed Mitt Romney throughout the Omni in 2007).  But the inclusion of a conservative coalition of gays, GOProud, has created calls for the ACU and CPAC to cut off GOProud’s sponsorship and attendance at CPAC as well as a few rumblings of a boycott among social conservatives.

This is justified in e-mails circulating among conservatives based on allegations that GOProud is a crypto-Leftist group seeking to infiltrate and weaken conservative policies.  However, that doesn’t match up with the group’s stated legislative priorities, which do not go any further than most of the conservative and libertarian groups that regularly attend and sponsor the conference.  I’ll post their list in its entirety:

1 – TAX REFORM – Death tax repeal; domestic partner tax equity, and other changes to the tax code that will provide equity for gays and lesbians; cut in the capital gains and corporate tax rates to jump start our economy and create jobs; a fairer, flatter and substantially simpler tax code.

2 – HEALTHCARE REFORM – Free market healthcare reform. Legislation that will allow for the purchase of insurance across state lines – expanding access to domestic partner benefits; emphasizing individual ownership of healthcare insurance – such a shift would prevent discriminatory practices by an employer or the government.

3 – SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM – Bringing basic fairness to the Social Security system through the creation of inheritable personal savings accounts.

4 – DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL REPEAL – Repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

5 – HOLDING THE LINE ON SPENDING – Standing up for all tax payers against wasteful and unneccessary spending to protect future generations from the mounting federal debt.

6 – FIGHTING GLOBAL EXTREMISTS – Standing strong against radical regimes who seek to criminalize gays and lesbians.

7 – DEFENDING OUR CONSTITUTION – Opposing any anti-gay federal marriage amendment.

8 – ENCOURAGING COMMUNITY ENTREPRENEURSHIP – Package of free market reforms to encourage and support small businesses and entrepreneurship in the gay community.

9 – REVITALIZING OUR COMMUNITIES – A package of urban related reforms; expanding historic tax preservation credits; support for school choice.

10 – DEFENDING OUR COMMUNITY – Protecting 2nd amendment rights.

Social conservatives will have a problem with numbers 4 and possibly 7, although the latter relates to a Constitutional amendment making marriage a federal issue, which conservatives should be wary of doing anyway.  Otherwise, their platform could be just as easily adopted at a Tea Party as at GOProud, and would receive rousing support from the floor at CPAC coming from any other entity.  It’s not a far-Left or crypto-Left agenda at all, but a good, solid recitation of conservative principles and fiscal responsibility.

In other words, we have at least an 80% agreement on the major issues facing our country between mainstream conservatives and this sponsor of CPAC.  That seems like a pretty good fit.  I asked Lisa De Pasquale, the director of CPAC, for a response to the controversy:

CPAC is a coalition of nearly 100 conservative groups, some of which may disagree with one another on a handful of issues.  But, at the end of the day, we all agree on core conservative principles.  As you may know, GOProud was founded by a former member of the Log Cabin Republicans who left the group because he thought they were doing a disservice to their constituency by not adhering to conservative and Republican principles.  GOProud’s website states “GOProud is committed to a traditional conservative agenda that emphasizes limited government, individual liberty, free markets and a confident foreign policy. GOProud promotes our traditional conservative agenda by influencing politics and policy at the federal level.”

After talking with their leadership and reviewing their website, I am satisfied that they do not represent a “radical leftist agenda,” as some have stated, and should not be rejected as a CPAC cosponsor.

This seems like a wise decision, and this controversy challenges conservatives as to whether they’re interested in a governing coalition based on fundamental conservative principles or a mission of absolute purity on the Right.  If we want to win control of the House in 2010, we need to focus on key principles that address the nation’s crises and the main points of disillusion with Democrats.  That should set our focus on those points on which Democrats overreached — namely, spending, government intrusion, spiraling deficits, and fiscal insanity.  We need to show that we can, if trusted with power again, govern properly and responsibly, and even more that we understand that the priorities are the fiscal issues and not the social issues that divide more than they unite.

GOProud’s priorities are fundamentally in line with that effort.  We should not allow a purity campaign to push away natural allies on the fiscal crisis that grips our country, and the opportunity we have to correct it in 2010.

Update: I misspelled Lisa’s name; I’ve corrected it above. My apologies.


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voxpopuli on December 17, 2009 at 4:02 PM
You’re drunk, aren’t you?

Itchee Dryback on December 17, 2009 at 6:42 PM

LOL. You actually ask questions such as this with a straight face:

How does a man who beats his dog harm you or your rights? How does a pedophile?..etc.

Itchee Dryback on December 17, 2009 at 5:36 PM

. . . and are asking me if I’m drunk? LOL.

Hey what size are you? I’ll get your clown suit all fitted up for you. LOL.

voxpopuli on December 17, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Itchee Dryback on December 17, 2009 at 6:46 PM

What are you doing? Why would it matter where the militia’s were from? Your use of the word “Southern” is incredibly transparent. Save your patronizing arguments for your wife and kids.

Aside from that you have posited the single stupidest comment I have read here at Hot Air in a long time. I won’t engage you further; you win. Okay. You’re all right, all the time. I suck; you rule.

That being said, your straw man could rival Iron Man.

The Race Card on December 17, 2009 at 6:51 PM

gopftw on December 17, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Gays don’t want to destroy society, they want to remake it in their own image. Isn’t that what all special interest groups want?

ihasurnominashun on December 17, 2009 at 6:56 PM

What are you doing? Why would it matter where the militia’s were from? Your use of the word “Southern” is incredibly transparent. Save your patronizing arguments for your wife and kids.

Aside from that you have posited the single stupidest comment I have read here at Hot Air in a long time. I won’t engage you further; you win. Okay. You’re all right, all the time. I suck; you rule.

That being said, your straw man could rival Iron Man.

The Race Card on December 17, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Let’s see…instead of answering the question you deflect, demean, capitulate and take your ball and go home. Dang, did the close the day care early for Christmas???

ihasurnominashun on December 17, 2009 at 7:01 PM

I am absolutely stunned by your graceful knowledge on all subjects. You are so intelligent and civil. Your civility and hospitality blow me away. I actually pity you, thinking you are sooo intelligent because you have figured out the secret behind gay people: that they want to destroy society. 2012 is coming fast and all the gays will cause God to smite us!

Go preach your idiotic, xenophobic garbage somewhere else. Do you even know what the word “xenophobic” means? When you learn to accept everyone for who they are and not what you want them to be, then we can have an “intelligent” conversation you half-brained dimwit.

gopftw on December 17, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Thank you! I appreciate it! But you are too generous. I was referring only to you. That is why my comment bid you adieu.

You on the other hand wielded a far bigger and broader brush in your painting of many people in the comment that I responded to. here it is:

I’m sorry to say it but the religious morons have taken over. Call me “liberal”, cool. I am a registered Republican who votes Republican who happens to believe gay marriage is not going to destroy society and cause fireballs to rain down from the heavens.

No wonder we can’t win elections. It’s either the Jesus Warriors of the Republican Party or the Communists of the Democratic party. Where’s the commonsense party?! I guess its the Libertarian Party. Farewell ignorant morons.

gopftw on December 17, 2009 at 8:19 AM

..see..you were much more inclusive in your comments than I, so I bow to your generosity.

Again…thank you for noticing!

Itchee Dryback on December 17, 2009 at 7:01 PM

What are you doing? Why would it matter where the militia’s were from? Your use of the word “Southern” is incredibly transparent. Save your patronizing arguments for your wife and kids.

Aside from that you have posited the single stupidest comment I have read here at Hot Air in a long time. I won’t engage you further; you win. Okay. You’re all right, all the time. I suck; you rule.

That being said, your straw man could rival Iron Man.

The Race Card on December 17, 2009 at 6:51 PM

The “Sourthern” bit?..its was called “bait”. But I’m guessing you knew that, and the reason I phrased things that way..but Hey!..your righteous indignation is properly noted.
Don’t be so hard on yourself..you don’t suck that hard.

Itchee Dryback on December 17, 2009 at 7:06 PM

. . . and are asking me if I’m drunk? LOL.

Hey what size are you? I’ll get your clown suit all fitted up for you. LOL.

voxpopuli on December 17, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Yeah..I am asking if your drunk. Almost every post you submit is quite silly imo, loaded with too many LOL’s and not all that clever one liners. In my long life, I’ve found those traits to almost always be the product of some sort of intoxication. Just sayin’.

You’re another one who doesn’t get the point of the pedophile/dog beater angle.

Itchee Dryback on December 17, 2009 at 7:14 PM

You’re another one who doesn’t get the point of the pedophile/dog beater angle.

Itchee Dryback on December 17, 2009 at 7:14 PM

I imagine you could populate an entire world with such people. Snicker.

voxpopuli on December 17, 2009 at 7:25 PM

I imagine you could populate an entire world with such people. Snicker.

voxpopuli on December 17, 2009 at 7:25 PM

See what I mean?

Itchee Dryback on December 17, 2009 at 7:33 PM

See what I mean?

Itchee Dryback on December 17, 2009 at 7:33 PM

Nope, still unclear. Please tell us more about pedophiles and dog beaters and how they relate to your theories on Jesus? I’ll make some popcorn while I wait.

voxpopuli on December 17, 2009 at 8:06 PM

Nope, still unclear. Please tell us more about pedophiles and dog beaters and how they relate to your theories on Jesus? I’ll make some popcorn while I wait.

voxpopuli on December 17, 2009 at 8:06 PM

You’re not making any sense. If not intoxicated, maybe running up the manic stage?

Anyway..the topic of the thread has been lost and devolved into 3 or 4 people throwing gloves down…no help from me…ask me again about the dogs and pedophiles when the meds kick in. I’m out.

Itchee Dryback on December 17, 2009 at 8:21 PM

ihasurnominashun on December 17, 2009 at 7:01 PM

You ignominious wretch. Even your buddy admitted his statement was full of crap. Perdoname, full of bait.

The “Sourthern” bit?..its was called “bait”. But I’m guessing you knew that, and the reason I phrased things that way..but Hey!..your righteous indignation is properly noted.
Don’t be so hard on yourself..you don’t suck that hard.

Itchee Dryback on December 17, 2009 at 7:06 PM

The Race Card on December 17, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Not even *I* can comprehend me anymore. I’m out.

Itchee Dryback on December 17, 2009 at 8:21 PM

Fix’d

voxpopuli on December 17, 2009 at 9:04 PM

The same idea could be applied to, gambling, strippers, alcohol, porn shops, gun stores, any number of things that are legal but the religious frown on.

Does the government’s sanctioning of highways and technology hamper the Amish’s religious expression to teach their children that the English’s ways are wrong.

SCBradley on December 17, 2009 at 5:06 PM

God is against guns? Where does he say that in the bible, can you please link the bible passage? And also alcohol is not frowned upon, Jesus drank wine. What is frowned upon is drunkeness.

SGinNC on December 18, 2009 at 8:25 AM

straights should be banned because they have sex with dogs and the majority of pedophiles are straight too.

there Itchee now at last the world can be free of breeders

Zekecorlain on December 18, 2009 at 9:54 AM

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