Not Your Father’s CPAC

CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, is held every year and serves as a sort of bellwether for the conservative movement. According to Roger L. Simon, there was a different twist this year:

The party staged by Andrew Breitbart for GOProud — the gay Republican and conservative group — was as close to a game changer as things get and the most interesting event at CPAC by far, at least to this point — and that’s meant as no insult to CPAC. With sexy Sophie B. Hawkins singing to a boisterous, supportive crowd, the party almost obliterated in one night the conception that Republicans are anti-gay and gave the impression that young libertarians — and some not so young — are taking over the GOP. Pretty soon it may be cool to be a Republican and square to be a Democrat.

Simon does check himself for possibly being a bit hyperbolic, but that libertarians seem to be taking over CPAC–Ron Paul is an annual crowd-pleaser–is an interesting development. Meanwhile, more socially conservative groups opted not to attend CPAC this year.

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mangeek
mangeek
10 years ago

This… Is awesome.
I honestly don’t feel comfortable voting for either mainstream party anymore. The Republican party needs a genuine ‘freedom oriented’ rebirth. I think the Tea Party was supposed to be that, but from my perspective, it quickly turned into a social conservative free-for-all.
“Don’t tread on me!” ::votes to not even debate USA PATRIOT act::
“We need to cut these fat union contracts… So we can afford more war!”
That’s what I see overall from the right these days, except from Anchor Rising, which continues to redeem conservatism for me on a daily basis.

Dan
Dan
10 years ago

Good. Long live the libertarian-conservative alliance against statism.
Big government “conservative” war mongers and morality police can go form an Authoritarian party with progressives.

bella
bella
10 years ago

Sounds like NOM was the big loser out there last night. I suppose they can throw a big bash in NYC come September for Admidinejad and the Idi Amin wannabes in Uganda at the UN meeting.
Interesting observation at the House Wednesday night: freshman Rep. Chippendale, as a freshman Tea Party Republican, seemed pretty supportive of SSM. May the libertarian wing of the Tea Party prove out.

Sammy
Sammy
10 years ago

While making a surprise appearance at the conservative CPAC conference in Washington DC, the draft-dodging coward former Vice President Dick Cheney was heckled by Ron Paul supporters as a “war criminal” and “murdering scum.” One asked, “Where’s Bin Laden?”
Sammy in Arizona

Douglas Farnum
Douglas Farnum
10 years ago

The problem with Ron Paul and his flock of Ludwig von Mises-wannabee lemmings is that while they have a sensible understanding of money and banking, they completely fail to understand or acknowledge the growing threat that radical islam poses to the free world. They are as much a part of the “blame America first” movement as the far left Jerimiah Wright radicals. If we take a naive approach to the threat of radical islam, it won’t matter how much Government is cut, or whether the Federal Reserve system is dismantled. We’ll all be under sharia law — real friendly to homosexuals and women.
Wake up dreamers, there is Good and there is evil. Evil must be met with force and crushed, not appeased.

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