CPAC bans mention of “the gay” to conference chairman

Oy gay.  CPAC, the most important annual conference of conservatives, is taking place in Washington, DC today.  And some leaked emails reportedly show that organizers have banned conference attendees from speaking about any controversial gay issues to the chairman of the conference, American Conservative Union chairman Al Cardenas, at an event this evening.

PFAW’s excellent RightWingWatch reports on an apparent email exchange between the organizer of an invite-only “Blog Bash” this evening at the conference, which Cardenas, among other Republican luminaries, are due to attend.  The emails were published on the Web site “Breitbart Unmasked.”

In the emails, one of the organizers of the Blog Bash, Ali Akbar, sets out the edict that anyone who talks to Cardenas about GOProud (a far-right gay group that was banned from officially attending CPAC), or who talks to Cardenas about “anything like that,” will be kicked out of the event by security.


There are more threats in a second email:


You might recall that the gay group GOProud causes an annual disturbance by trying to officially attend CPAC each year, and then being banned.  Ironically, GOProud is only marginally a “gay” group in name only, though it is impressive that a number of conservatives. such as Grover Norquist, are defending GOProud in their ongoing battle with CPAC.

ACU chairman Al Cardenas, photo by Gage Skidmore.

ACU chairman Al Cardenas, photo by Gage Skidmore.

As much as I find distasteful Republican gays who tend to exist only for the purpose of giving anti-gay Republicans cover, it is funny that the head of the organization running CPAC can’t even handle being asked about GOProud “or anything like that.”  There’s so much fear of being asked about the gay that the email below notes they won’t even publish Cardenas’ photo much in advance, lest someone see him and ask him a question.

Funny that the folks organizing the Blog Bash aren’t familiar with the Google (see photo at right).


You know where else they ban people from talking to their political leaders about civil rights?


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20 Responses to “CPAC bans mention of “the gay” to conference chairman”

  1. Dakotahgeo says:

    These Republican/TeaPartyRetreads are absolutely hilarious!!! I can’t wait for the coming elections to see the rest of their ASSets handed to them on a paper plate!

  2. karmanot says:

    They have Teflon crotches and don’t feel a thing.

  3. karmanot says:

    Who cares what the CretinPAC thinks

  4. wmforr says:

    If Ann Coulter said it, they would bow down and squeal, “Please, Ann, hit me again! Again!”

  5. and they can’t change their message 24-7. A little guerrilla footage of them bashing gays at a private fundraiser, and we’ve got them.

  6. This shows that they KNOW that their anti-gay agenda doesn’t hold up to scrutiny, that their arguments are logically flawed and lack credible support. Hiding isn’t a sustainable M.O. in ten years, they’ll be completely sidelined.

  7. How self-hating do you to be to be a gay Republican?

    I suppose it depends on how wealthy you are?

  8. So now they believe ya can catch teh gay simply by talking about ’em?

  9. Oof. Sounds like deeply ingrained self-loathing and self-flagellating behavior.

  10. BeccaM says:

    Probably not.

  11. nicho says:

    I’d actually feel better if the answer were that simple. That makes some kind of twisted self-centered sense. But many of the gays who support the GOP get nothing more than one kick in the crotch after another — and then ask for more.

  12. Who needs self-respect when you can bond over a shared love for upper-income tax cuts?

  13. Indigo says:

    We’re scary people, that’s what we are!

  14. Blogvader says:

    They don’t care.

  15. I’m actually stoked–they’re afraid!

  16. BeccaM says:

    “…if you hear anyone say GOProud or any other bullshit”? Really?

    I wonder how the members of GOProud feel about being equated with bullshit.

  17. DRoseDARs says:

    Ali Akbar? They have someone with an islamooslim-terrist sounding name chiding people NOT to mention Teh Ghey? *snork*

  18. nicho says:

    So they have a big enough tent for bigots and hate groups, according to Laura “Pickles” Bush — but not for gays. How self-hating do you to be to be a gay Republican?

  19. Just another minor instance of how Republicans, who like to preen themselves as being hard-nosed, risk-taking tough guys not like those sissified liberals, really really aren’t good at dealing with even slightly uncomfortable questions. Cf. Sarah Palin’s whining (for months wasn’t it?) about “gotcha” journalism after botching a softball question about reading the papers.

  20. Randy says:

    What’s interesting is that they admit that the Chairman knows that the “roomt disagrees with the ACU Board” on a lot of matters, indicating that they probably know that that most everyone at CPAC disagrees with them.

    Incidently, Ali Akbar’s is a convicted felon:

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