We’ve already shrugged off GOProud’s sponsorship of the annual conservative-fest CPAC — something anti-gay conservative groups also parcicipating in the conference refuse to do. But here’s one way Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber can sleep at night: CPAC won’t be letting anyone from GOProud speak at the conference. And they didn’t even want to!
Remember how we called GOProud — the barely-acknowledged-by-gays group that splintered from the Log Cabin Republicans — a joke? And how its head Jimmy LaSalvia (pictured) holds no cred? Well our suspicions have been confirmed!
In an email to Texas conservative radio host Adam McManus, reports cult website World Net Daily, CPAC organizer David Keene said GOProud “has signed on as a CPAC co-sponsor, but will have no speakers and we told them that, in fact, since opposition to gay marriage, etc are consensus positions (if not unanimous) among conservatives, these topics are not open to debate.”
And GOProud still signed on! They agreed to sponsor a conference that, from the get go, imposed a non-negotiable neutering on their very message. Haha.
So who’s the real winner here? CPAC! This radical group of conservatives gets to say, publicly, they are willing to listen to the interests of gay Americans. But that’s not true at all. They are merely willing to let gay Americans stand idly by them in the same room.
But does GOProud also walk away a winner? Also yes! Because it gets to say it’s ingratiated itself into the upper echelon of conservatives, even if these conservatives can’t stand ’em.