Folks, I’m relegated to writing this from my iPhone. But it is big news and a huge topic tonight at CPAC.
Earlier today, during a student activist session on the CPAC main stage, one brave young man thanked the group for including GOProud as a sponsor this year.
A few minutes later, another student launched into an anti-gay tirade from the same podium. The CPAC attendees turned on him and booed him off-stage.
HotAir.com has the video on their front page. GP readers, if you could put some links in the comments — that would be great.
Today was a turning point for gays in the conservative movement. I’m so glad I am here to see it in person.
UPDATE (from Dan): A friend linked me this post from Students For Liberty (maybe we should set up group, “Gays For Liberty”) on this matter. Seems some left-wing bloggers are taking notice. This is a big deal and shows that most mainstream conservatives don’t have much stomach for such nasty rhetoric.
Two important questions were asked of Rep. Pence. First, the obvious — are you running for President. Answer – No plans to, but focused on short-term goals — retaking the House and serving his constituents. He did say late he hopes to serve Indiana in a broader role in the future.
Then @collegepolitico asked – “Will the GOP retake the House in 2010?”
Okay folks, this is one of the panels I’ve been waiting for. John Fund from Wall Street Journal & author of “Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy”; Anita MonCrief, former ACORN employee; David Norcross, Republican National Lawyers Association and moderator Cleta Mitchell from the American Conservative Union Foundation.
US Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is now speaking and introducing the panel. Issa has been a leader exposing the insiduous influence on our electoral process that ACORN and other left-wing groups have had.
More to come as it happens….
Issa is still talking — about Obama agenda in general, the voter fraud stuff is still to come…
CPAC UNEXPECTED BULLETIN: US Rep. Mike Pence held a surprise bloggers’ press conference in the lounge. The feed from the stage was stopped and I got some video & pics of Pence which I’ll post in a few minutes….
No open-minded person watching the current CPAC panel can say that conservatives do not seriously debate issues. Former US Rep. Bob Barr and former Vietnamese refugee Viet Dinh (now professor at Georgetown University Law Center) have been going at it on the fundamental question of “Does Security Trump Freedom”?
I challenge any liberal group to honestly say that they would have such a robust debate in their echo chambers.
Congrats to one of the best and nicest guys in the blogosphere. I can’t imagine anyone more deserving. And, he was introduced by Rush Limbaugh from behind the Golden EIB microphone via videolink.
UPDATE (from Dan): Bruce, there you go again, confusing me. Now I’ve met Ed and agree he’s a super nice guy—and a great blogger to boot, well deserving of this honor, but you see, when I introduced myself to this right-wing hero, I identified our blog and it didn’t bother him (1) that I’m gay or (2) that I blog at a site for gay conservatives. Not just that, Bruce, this fella defended the inclusion of GOProud at CPAC! On his website–as a blogger–and these wing-nuts are honoring him?!?!?!? What gives, Bruce?
Ugh. Frustrating Day Two. My laptop isn’t working, my iPhone isn’t working and I overslept. That all being said, I’m finally in Blogger’s Lounge and PatriotPartner is our “floor reporter” (photos to follow soon!).
I was interviewed this morning by National Journal on gay issues. I think it came out well. Time will tell, eh?
I did catch most all of Cong. Mike Pence’s speech about an hour ago. Good stuff. Jimmy LaSalvia (GOProud.org) and I disagree on Pence as Presidential material. So I’ll have to see what Jimmy thought about Pence’s speech.
So far in Blogger’s Lounge — we’ve had a visit from Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the FOX News crew who came by a few minutes ago. I’ll have short video up on Pawlenty in a few minutes.
I thought our critics told us conservatives don’t like homosexuals and that preventing any forward motion on gay issues was anathema to their agenda, such that they’d blackball anyone who paid so much as lip service to such issues.
You shouldn’t get me trying to unravel such riddles when I’m trying to take a break from blogging.