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CPAC Chair Al Cardenas: GOProud Can Come to CPAC, But They Must Drop Support for All Gay Rights Measures


New CPAC Chairman Al Cardenas indicates to CSPAN that gay groups like GOProud are welcome at CPAC, so long as they drop all support for gay rights measures.

Says Cardenas:

"It's got nothing to do with your orientation. It's got to do with the principles that you advocate. There are a number of gays in America who don't advocate gays in the military issue or gay marriage. And so they'll fit within the tent of what we stand for...It's not that easy. It's complicated. But we'll do our best to be inclusive while at the same time adhering to the principles that Ronald Reagan dreamed about and we've been following."


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  1. “CPAC Chair Al Cardenas: GOProud Can Come to CPAC, But They Must Drop Support for All Gay Rights Measures“

    Ha! They pretty much do that already don’t they?

    Posted by: ichabod | Feb 17, 2011 8:58:29 AM

  2. So they are openly recruiting people who hate themselves ? Low self esteem ? come right in. Troubled ? Weak ? Self loathing ? Yes just sign right here. Betray your principles, betray your ideals. Internalized homophobia, depression this way.

    Posted by: Paul | Feb 17, 2011 9:06:28 AM

  3. GOProud must be so happy they're peeing their pants.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Feb 17, 2011 9:13:36 AM

  4. And blacks are welcome at KKK rallies as long as they don't remove their white sheets.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 17, 2011 9:16:39 AM

  5. @Paul, you're so on the money with your comments. And, @Ichabob, they indeed already adhere to the "no GLBT civil rights" CPAC principle. It's a happy, happy, happy day for GOProud even though we don't know how those other "big tent" CPAC supporters like NOM and AFA feel about this.

    Posted by: Rob | Feb 17, 2011 9:18:43 AM

  6. Its like inviting those nice NAACP folks over to a KKK barbecue fundraiser... srsly?

    "You can come over, but stop that whole equal rights thing. Hey, and while you're at it.. get to steppin n fetchin'."

    The chariman of CPAC isn't the problem here.. its the conservative gays who put up with this kind of attitude.. Sorry, but you can be conservative all you want, the Conservatives see you as only another faggot needing a good bashing.

    Posted by: Darren | Feb 17, 2011 9:19:05 AM

  7. This is the funniest interview I've seen in 2011. They're steering their own ship right to the iceberg.

    I mean to say. Jesus. How politically stupid can one man be?

    Posted by: Yonkersconquers | Feb 17, 2011 9:20:17 AM

  8. 'You can be GOProud, except for the Proud part.'

    Posted by: James | Feb 17, 2011 9:25:47 AM

  9. "It's got nothing to do with your orientation." long as your orientation is straight. What a preposterously stupid thing to say.

    "But we'll do our best to be inclusive while at the same time adhering to the principles that Ronald Reagan dreamed about and we've been following."

    I also had no idea that Ronald Reagan hated gay people, and didn't want them to have civil rights... because he actually never supported that ideal. Especially when you consider that he supported gay teachers when he was governor of California, way back in 1978.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Feb 17, 2011 9:27:06 AM

  10. So basically if you hate gay people and want them dead then you fall in line with the GOP party of America and they agenda. BTW sir, Reagan only helped the wealthy white folks and threw the rest of the country under the biggest bus of lies he could come up with, "Trickle down economics". Why not just be truthful and tell people they are being pissed on?

    Posted by: Skooter McGoo | Feb 17, 2011 9:46:23 AM

  11. I think these guys are trying to make Reagan into a Christ figure who supports war and a permanent underclass.

    Posted by: Matthew | Feb 17, 2011 9:48:28 AM

  12. I have NO respect for gay republicans, only gay conservatives

    Posted by: Coffee&Chicory | Feb 17, 2011 9:53:21 AM

  13. "There are a number of gays in America who don't advocate gays in the military issue or gay marriage."

    Really?? If so, they are called losers. So of course they belong in the GOP.

    Posted by: Joel | Feb 17, 2011 9:55:36 AM

  14. Haha. Love your comment, Joel.

    Posted by: Bastian | Feb 17, 2011 10:17:01 AM

  15. "It's got to do with the principles that you advocate."

    Like... maybe... small government?

    Posted by: Andrew W | Feb 17, 2011 10:46:17 AM

  16. I think its interesting that 10-20yrs from bnow - these tapes of people liek this man, and those like him will be in the catagory of George Wallace.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Feb 17, 2011 10:52:18 AM

  17. Chris Baron must be breaking out into song right about now. It's just like when Cinderella got invited to the ball. But what to wear?

    Posted by: Jon B | Feb 17, 2011 11:09:40 AM

  18. GOProud are the Benedict Arnolds of rights for equality. They really don't see the futility in wanting to get into the big tent which just wants to take their money and get them to vote against their own well being. These people are nihilists and should be renamed NOProud.

    Posted by: Todd | Feb 17, 2011 11:13:36 AM

  19. Go jump off a cliff, Al. Make the world a better place.

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 17, 2011 11:22:45 AM

  20. Welcome GOProud. Now sit down and STFU!

    Posted by: mytwocents | Feb 17, 2011 11:36:10 AM

  21. He missed a couple of parenthetical thoughts.

    Should be:

    "...we'll do our best to (give the false impression of) be(ing) inclusive while at the same time (making sure that we continue to fight tooth and nail against equal rights for gays and) adhering to the principles that (we will keep insisting) Ronald Reagan dreamed about (because he is our God)...."

    Posted by: MammaBear | Feb 17, 2011 11:54:17 AM

  22. Interesting post. FYI, speaking of DADT - is providing a supportive environment for friending, sharing and networking between Gay active military, vets and supporters.

    Posted by: Mark | Feb 17, 2011 11:59:31 AM

  23. There's something seriously wrong with Al Cardenas and his "ilk." Oh, yes, believe me. There's something seriously wrong with him.

    Posted by: Imarko | Feb 17, 2011 12:49:12 PM

  24. it must really bad when you give up your rights just to be accepted by people who hate you. the name goproud is a misnomer they be be gopashamed embarassed self loathing . if being a conservative means to live without dignity is that life?

    Posted by: walter | Feb 17, 2011 12:52:46 PM

  25. Completely absurd, of course. But Chairman Neanderthal accurately sums up the dilemma of GOProud and anti-progressive gay people:

    You're welcome inside our "big" conservative tent as long as you leave your conscience and human dignity on the ground outside. If, on the other hand, you believe that as a gay human being you are worthy of equal rights, you belong out in the dirt.

    So at least be honest, GOProudless, and stop attempting to perpetuate the idiotic myth that the current conservative movement has any interest in your humanity. And, if you support them, neither do you.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 17, 2011 1:16:14 PM

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