Whenever a mainstream conservative blogger addresses attempts by right-wing fringe groups to exclude gays from our movement, his commentary reflects the experiences Bruce and I have had with our fellow denizens of the rightosphere. Our fellow bloggers may not support state recognition of same-sex marriage or oppose the Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell Policy, but they do welcome our presence and link our posts.
Ed Morrissey, who has long made gays welcome on the right, is the latest to take on those who would exclude a gay conservative outfit from a mainstream conservative event. Responding to some social conservatives who have been “circulating” e-mails calling GOProud “a crypto-Leftist group seeking to infiltrate and weaken conservative policies” (and objecting to their co-sponsorship of CPAC), the blogger formerly known as Captain Ed gives us the facts:
However, that doesn’t match up with the group’s stated legislative priorities, which do not go any further than most of the conservative and libertarian groups that regularly attend and sponsor the conference.
While noting that social conservatives may quibble with two of those priorities, Ed finds
platform could be just as easily adopted at a Tea Party as at GOProud, and would receive rousing support from the floor at CPAC coming from any other entity. It’s not a far-Left or crypto-Left agenda at all, but a good, solid recitation of conservative principles and fiscal responsibility.
In other words, we have at least an 80% agreement on the major issues facing our country between mainstream conservatives and this sponsor of CPAC.
Reminds me of something attributed to the Gipper, “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally – not a 20 percent traitor.”
Ed “asked Lisa DiPasquale, the director of CPAC, for a response to the controversy”:
CPAC is a coalition of nearly 100 conservative groups, some of which may disagree with one another on a handful of issues. But, at the end of the day, we all agree on core conservative principles. As you may know, GOProud was founded by a former member of the Log Cabin Republicans who left the group because he thought they were doing a disservice to their constituency by not adhering to conservative and Republican principles.
Emphasis added. Sounds like a rousing endorsement of inclusion to me and a reiteration of Ronald Reagan’s vision for the right.