Dave Weigel, at Slate, with news of life among the Big Swinging Cons:
The run-up to CPAC, the annual conference of conservatives, is traditionally marked by a few weeks of what-it-means coverage… Story No. 2, from Beth Reinhard, is that the conference has reversed its policy on inviting gay Republican groups, after two years of sore feelings. CPAC will include “GOProud, the gay-rights group that was banned for the past few years amid noisy boycotts from critics and supporters,” after its new bosses cut a deal with the American Conservative Union.
Two former GOProud summer interns, Ross Hemminger and Matt Bechstein, took over last summer and sought to repair the bitterly frayed relationship. Under a compromise reached last week, they will attend the March 6-8 gathering as guests, without sponsorship or a booth. GOProud sees the lower-profile role as an important first step.
Hang on—as guests? This is an event that allows the John Birch Society to set up a booth, and GOProud still can’t?…
As Mr. Charles P. Pierce would say, I despair of the Rebranding.