The Conservative Political Action Conference, meeting this weekend, can be reliably expected to embarrass every decent and sane conservative in America. In the past, it was a conspiratorial extremist co-sponsor, like the John Birch Society, or a certifiable kook giving the keynote address, like Glenn Beck. Sometimes the problem is just vicious bullying of gay conservatives, who have been officially expelled from the conference.
But this year the annual Washington showcase of the Far Right has sunk to new depths of disgrace, by featuring "white nationalists" among its speakers. [The Fire Marshal has prohibited the burning of crosses and such in the crowded auditorium]
To explain the perils of multiculturalism and nonwhite immigration, the CPAC organizers have invited several avowed white nationalists who will disgorge their bigotry and hatred in the same conference hall that will host speeches by Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul [who believes Iran should be allowed to have nuclear weapons]. The conference has already been visited by Herman Cain, former owner/founder of the 8th largest pizza chain in America, who complained about the damage being done to the nation by "stupid" people. [Apparently the mirror in Mr. Cain’s hotel bathroom is broken]
It will be very, very interesting to hear what Mitt and Newt and the Sweater Boy have to say to the rabid crowd. Just how far Right can a prospective Republican nominee go before guaranteeing the reelection of President Obama? Are they prepared to please the kooks and lose the election? Wanna bet?