Why I’m not going to CPAC

Posted: March 1, 2013 by socklessjoe in Conservatism, Paultardia, Uncategorized

I’m not “boycotting” CPAC, and certainly not because of the exclusion of GOProud or Chris Christie.  Those things are both symptomatic of the problem though, which is what it is that CPAC has become.

I went to CPAC three years in a row — 2009, 2010, and 2011.  2009 was a largely positive experience, mostly because I got to see firsthand that I wasn’t alone in my apprehension about what America had done by electing Obama.  Over the years I met up with a few interesting individuals, had a few bourbons on Tim Pawlenty’s dime, and sat in on some interesting panels.

But the more time you spend there, the more you realize that CPAC is a product. Several products, actually, where targeted groups get to go hear about things that they already believe.  It’s a “Ron Paul Revolution” product, where you can go hear about nullification and the gold standard.  It’s a cultural conservative product where you can go hear what is essentially the Rick Santorum message.  And, to some extent, it’s a “blogger” product, where select members of the blogosphere can go “report” on CPAC and have their egos stroked.  And so on and so forth for a number of other conservative sub-groups.

Don’t get me wrong – there’s some utility to CPAC, though I think one would be better served to just sit an the hotel bar and buy interesting people drinks rather than pay to get into the conference.  But it’s basically a product that the ACU sells to people who are already conservative.

And because it’s a product, they can’t offend their customer base by allowing teh gheys in.  Or Chris Christie.  And they can’t throw the Birchers out because there’s too much overlap with the Paul-bots, who are legion.

I’m not avoiding CPAC just because GOProud isn’t welcome, but because it’s not worth it to me to buy their product.

  1. veeshir says:

    I’m with you on CPAC. I lived within 5 miles or closer to CPAC for many years but I never went because it looked like a very expensive ego-boost.

    I hate wasting money on my ego. It’s big enough as it is, thank you very much.

    Plus I’m anti-social, going to CPAC would have meant I would have to hang out with people.
    I hate people.

    I’m very much with you on GOProud, but that’s because I don’t think conservatism should be about social issues*.

    But I’m not with you on Christie. He’s not a conservative in any way, shape or form. He’s a northeast Republican, which is not the same thing.
    I would say they shouldn’t invite Lincoln Chafee or Susan Collins either.

    They invited Benito Giuliani in ’07, who had far more conservative leanings than Christie, but he was actively running for Pres when they did it

    They haven’t invited Benito this year, cuz he’s not a conservative.

    They have a club, not opening it up to people who don’t fit what their club stands for is what clubs do.

    *Unfortunately, I appear to be in the minority in that and that’s why, if I ever vote again, it’ll be for Libertarian. Whenever the GOP gets power, they immediately go for social issues.

    • socklessjoe says:

      Well, I really didn’t exactly *take* a position on GOProud or Christie.

      I’m not opposed to GOProud being there, and think they probably ought to be for a number of reasons, but I’m not exactly a supporter either. Big tent and all.

      Christie… he’s not Pat Toomey or Ron Johnson, but he ain’t exactly Arlen Specter either. Christie’s bad on guns. He sold us out on federal pork spending to get a few bucks from Obama. But he has taken on the public sector unions and taken many economically conservative steps in NJ.

      I agree with the ACU that Christie has a “limited future”, if by that they mean he’ll never be on a national ticket. But he could become Emperor for Life of Jersey for all I know or care. I wouldn’t care if he was a US Senator one day. I’d gladly swap out Menendez or Lautenberg for Christie.

      • veeshir says:

        Sorry, I guess I misunderstood.
        So delete the part about agreeing or disagreeing, but leave the rest.

        Add in some stuff that makes me look intelligent.


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