Log Cabin Republicans Will Now Be Allowed To Participate In CPAC Alongside All the Anti-Gay Nuts


Amazing what can change over a weekend. Just last Friday we were telling you how the Log Cabin Republicans had been denied participation - yet again - in the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. According to Edge Boston today, however, that stance has been reversed and not only have the LCRs been allowed to attend, but have even been invited to speak on a panel titled "Putin's Russia: A New Cold War?" and will take place this Saturday, February 28th at noon.

Edge snarks:

Among the many right-wing luminaries scheduled to speak at this year's CPAC are: Sam Brownback, the pig farmer turned governor of Kansas who recently stripped LGBT state workers of employment non-discrimination protections, Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon turned professional Obamacare basher who compares marriage equality advocates to supporters of bestiality and pedophiles, and half-term Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin who is well, Sarah Palin.

The only way the party will change is when that change starts coming from within. One has to offer a certain amount of respect to a group that's willing to meet with the fanatical dogmatic lunatics that comprise far too much of the Republican Party and threaten to rot it completely from the inside out when the rest of us would rather - and justifiably so - completely wash our hands of them.

GOProud was never, ever, ever - like, seriously? omgwtflolno - going to affect any kind of positive change within the Republican Party, so quixotic as it may be, here's hoping that LCR getting their foot in the door is something that helps eventually move the GOP to a party of educated politicians from the circus of crazy-eyed, dominionistic, hateful, paranoid nutbags that it has become.

CPAC Excludes Log Cabin Republicans As Sponsors For Third Year In a Row


For the third year in a row, the Log Cabin Republicans have been excluded as sponsors for the Conservative Political Action Conference, arguably the year's biggest event for the Republican Party. Maybe they're still sore over that Politico ad from a few years ago asking the GOP to please not be so anti-gay, a sentiment repeated last summer by political strategists? 

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union which is CPAC's sponsor, said that the reason that LCR was excluded was because they simply didn't apply to be sponsors. Also, that LCR is timid and insufficiently conservative, whatever that means.

AngeloLCR executive director Gregory T. Angelo (right) counters Schlapp's claim with a paper trail of emails from himself to ACU executive director Dan Schneider - all of which went unanswered - explicitly requesting to be sponsors of this year's CPAC.

Most likely, the reason for the exclusion is the very conclusion that Angelo has come to:

CPAC has a problem allowing any formal recognition for organizations affiliated with gay people. That is the only logical conclusion to come to.


Would Rick Santorum Have Voted For Arizona's Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Bill? 'Absolutely' — VIDEO


Rick Santorum sat down with the National Review after CPAC a few weeks ago to talk about Arizona's "religious freedom" bill that would have allowed the "sincerely held beliefs" of business owners to legally discriminate against homosexuals. When asked whether he would have signed the bill had Santorum been in Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's place, he emphatically said yes, surprising absolutely no one. Also, somehow Obamacare is the government infringing on people's freedom of religion. Also said during the interview, utterly lacking in self-awareness:

The trunk upon which all other branches of rights flow from is freedom of conscience. If you don't have freedom of conscience, then freedom of speech doesn't mean very much, freedom of assembly doesn't mean anything because you can't speak or do what you believe is right. And what we're seeing is the government increasingly encroaching upon this very sacrosanct area of our Constitution and using all sorts of excuses to suppress people's rights

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Jon Stewart Mocks the Wingnut Line-Up at CPAC: VIDEO


What do full stomachs, empty souls, and filthy Denny placemats have in common?

They're all on the minds of the wingnuts at CPAC, and Jon Stewart thoroughly relishes the opportunity to shred GOP heirs apparent, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, and Wayne LaPierre.

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Ralph Reed: Conservatives Can't Put the Gay Marriage Genie 'Back in the Bottle'

2_ralphreedMichelangelo Signorile interviewed former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed at CPAC on Friday and said that even though he believes the Republican party and every GOP candidate that will seek the nomination for president will be in favor of 'traditional marriage', he says a long sought after federal marriage amendment is dead in the water:

"Even if you passed a federal marriage amendment, I would assume it would grandfather in anyone who's been married, so I don't know. It was always a very difficult option. I don't think we ever got 50 votes in the U.S. Senate for that amendment. So, we always knew that the amendment was going to be very difficult to pass."

Reed added that trying to pass such an amendment would be "trying to put the genie back in the bottle."

Listen to Signorile's interview with Reed, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Sarah Palin's 'Green Eggs and Ham': VIDEO


Sarah Palin took a page from Ted Cruz's 'Green Eggs and Ham' playbook at CPAC and proved she's still got the kind of knack for vapid conservative showmanship that makes wingnuts get on their feet and cheer, the L.A. Times reports:

Unburdened by the rules that keep serious politicians tethered to serious messages, her task was to toss red meat to a ravenously appreciative conservative crowd Saturday at the closing session of the American Conservative Union's annual CPAC conference.

By my count, her speech got more standing ovations than the one delivered Friday by CPAC favorite Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who won the CPAC presidential straw poll.


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