As some of you may know, a number of social conservative organizations on the fringes of the conservative movement are boycotting CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) next month because of the participation of our friends from GOProud. In addition to the social conservative organizations, the Heritage Foundation has also announced that it won’t participate. I will have further thoughts on that in a subsequent post.
For now, I’ll just say I believe it’s a cynical move on Heritage’s part which, in the long run, could make the think tank’s leadership seem opportunistic. They do seem to be pandering to social conservatives on this one even if they haven’t said as much in their public statements.
Jennifer Rubin reports today that one potential Republican presidential contender is boycotting the boycotters:
Senator John Thune (R.-S.D.) has much the same dilemma as Tim Pawlenty: He’s a fine conservative but not well-known and not instantaneously a stand-out in the crowded primary field. But he is, it seems, going to make a go of the 2012 presidential race. He has announced he is now appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference gathering next month.
This is a rebuke, of course, to the boycotters.
Doesn’t seem the boycott is having much impact outside the fringes of the conservative movement and among those seeking to score political points with social conservatives.