CPAC 2011 — GOProud’s Coming Out
In the aftermath of this year’s CPAC it would appear that to know-know-know GOProud isn’t necessarily to love-love-love it. In fact, if you listen carefully you can almost hear the voice of the class monitor advising many of its erstwhile supporters to stay calm and move in an orderly fashion toward the fire exits. Tammy Bruce, in what can only be described as a terse statement, has resigned from their advisory board. Al Cardenas, the new chair of the American Conservative Union, which organizes CPAC, is publicly rethinking the wisdom of working with them in future:
I have been disappointed with their website and their quotes in the media, taunting organizations that are respected in our movement and part of our movement, and that’s not acceptable. And that puts them in a difficult light in terms of how I view things … It’s going to be difficult to continue the relationship [with GOProud] because of their behavior and attitude …
At issue have been a number of statements made by GOProud co-founders Christopher Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia in response to people and organizations who either stayed home this year or showed up expressing serious misgivings about GOProud’s role and agenda. These exercises in spleen-venting have been remarkable not only for their impolitic petulance but the disturbing tendency to play the “bigot” card — pretty much as a default — in the face of legitimate disagreements.
Thus it is that in Barron’s world, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council doesn’t merely disagree with (or misunderstand) GOProud’s stance on gay marriage, he is actually in the business of “demonizing gays”: