With CPAC a little over a week away, most of the coverage of it is either about who hasn’t been invited, or complaints about…really, complaints about just about everything. So what’s the deal with Gov. Christie and GOProud anyway? And what’s the point of even going to the event at this point? Our inside outsiders Lynn Krogh and Vince Casale throw in their five cents…
(Marked up from two cents, because they’re consultants)
Thoughts on Chris Christie not being invited to CPAC?
Lynn Krogh: This is such crap. A Republican Governor in a Northeast Blue State with a 70%+ approval rating isn’t invited? It’s such nonsense. This kinda of behavior is why the Republican Party is fractured.
Vince Casale: Whatever. Romney won the straw poll last year, so that alone should question CPAC’s cred. I think they did Christie a favor. He should still show up and walk through and give a scrum that will get more play than any of their invited speakers.
Thoughts on GOProud not being invited to CPAC?
LK: Again, instead of being inclusive and welcoming, we have to divide and argue. We have to proactively create drama where it doesn’t need to be. Why can’t we focus on the things that unite us instead of the social issues that typically divide us? If we don’t grow as a party, we will die. It’s that simple.
VC: Has anyone asked GOProud if they want to be there?
Everyone seems to have something to complain about, what’s the point of going to CPAC in the first place?
LK: CPAC is a great place to catch up with political friends who you haven’t seen in a year or sometimes more. CPAC is a great place to pitch potential business. It’s also a great opportunity to hear conservative speakers from across the nation at a reasonable price. Lastly, it’s a wonderful opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. and check in on some of our friends working down there. Oh yeah, and the parties…
VC: Go there to network, meet new friends and have a good time with people who, for the most part, share your values. If you’re going to seem important, tell everyone how you could do this better, find the next great Ronald Reagan or save the world….just stay home.
Advice for someone going for the first time?
LK: Use your time wisely, keep a decent schedule and party like a rockstar! Some call CPAC the Conservative Spring Break…
VC: People think Conservatives are nerdy dorks who are always over dressed in a stuffy 3-piece suit or v-neck sweater, sporting oversized anti-Obama buttons while engaged in a dry conversation about world economics or comic books – don’t perpetuate the myth…