On Friday, Bruce e-mailed me a link to Aaron Blake’s must-read piece in the Washington Post on The GOP’s quiet evolution on gay rights. Now I would tweak some of Blake’s language, including his title; it’s not that the GOP is evolving on gay rights per se, but that American conservatives, including many Republicans, are welcoming openly gay people into the fold.
That said, he does get at the essence of the story that all too many media outlets have been missing in their coverage of the handful of social conservative groups boycotting CPAC. The real issue is not those groups who have chosen not to attend because of GOProud’s participation, but is instead the number of groups who are willing participate in the conservative confab together with a gay conservative outfit.
They may not agree with us on every issue, but are willing to work with us for common conservative purpose. Americans conservatives simply don’t fit into the narrative of right-wing intolerance as propagated by many on the political left.
While Blake may be a little fuzzy on his history of the GOP, he does get its current condition:
Now, though, gay rights issues are largely under the national political radar. And Christopher Barron, chairman of the board at GOProud, said that has worked in his favor. He said his group launched at an “unbelievably fortuitous” time in 2009, given that another movement was sprouting that was generally indifferent to social issues.
“Our organization got started at the exact same time that the tea party movement was getting started,” Barron said. “It was a natural fit, because the party has been laser-focused on fiscal issues. There’s been no interest in going back to the well on the social issues.”
Ever since Congress considered the Democrat’s near-trillion dollar “stimulus,” a coalition of Republicans, libertarians and entrepreneurial independents have coalesced around the various ideas which, now over forty years ago, sparked the modern conservative movement, a concern that government was gaining too great a role in our lives, threatening our liberty and undermining those ideals which helped define this nation, the ideals which set it apart and made it great.
What we’re learning from CPAC is that most conservatives don’t seem averse to working with gay Americans who share a similar commitment to that liberty and those ideals. It is nice to see that at least some in the mainstream media are getting the message.