Former Reasoner Michael C. Moynihan, now hanging
his byline at The Daily Beast, has an engaging column about the
upcoming Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) annual
hoo-hah, which starts tomorrow in D.C. – at a hotel called The Gaylord, if you can
…a look at the 2013 CPAC speakers list doesn’t suggest the
[main organizer, the American Conservative Union] ACU is
particularly worried about conservatism’s future. There’s a
smattering of new blood—including the insurgent triumvirate
Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio. But attendees also will get a
large serving of stale ideas from Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen
West, Rick Santorum, Mitch McConnell, Wayne LaPierre, Rick Perry,
and, of course, Mitt Romney. ;One revealing
ideological omission, and one that has largely passed without
comment, is the lack of neoconservative voices at the conference,
save one panel discussion on Iran. And it’s perhaps indicative of
the party’s drift toward more libertarian ideas that CPAC kicks off
with a discussion called “Too Many American Wars? Should We Fight
Anywhere and Can We Afford It?” Try
getting ;that ;past the ACU in 2007.
Yet, concludes Moynihan, CPAC is
mostly about enforcing a narrow definition of what it means to be a
conservative and a Republican. That explains not allowing the gay
rights group GOProud to participate and keeping Gov. Chris Christie
(R-N.J.) off the dais.
Here we are, in 2013, and conservatism’s biggest gathering wants
to ensure that the Republican Party maintains ideological purity
and the ability to consistently lose elections.
Read the whole thing.
In 2011, Reason TV and Moynihan covered CPAC’s “Gay Wars.”
Here’s a vid on that
topic and here’s one from
Andrew Breitbart’s “Big Gay Party” at CPAC featuring Sophie B.
In 2012, Reason TV talked with CPAC attendees and Occupy
protesters (remember them?) at the event. Take a look: