Saturday, March 5, 2016

News and Commentary Tidbits: CPAC 2016 Edition

The 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) took place on March 2-5 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The annual right-wing gathering featured GOP presidential candidates such as Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, as well as conservative commentators and Republican political leaders. The conference agenda was brimming with the usual anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice, anti-climate fare.

Hilariously, CPAC workshop presenters are still convinced that right-wingers can woo millennials, people of color, and young women as part of a larger effort to "win back the culture."

Right. Sure. Whatever you say.

  • Reaching the Female Youth Vote
  • Engaging Millennials
  • Talking to Minority Voters: Making the Case for Conservatives Nationally
  • The Entertainment Gap: How Conservatives Can Win Back the Culture Through Books & Engagement in the Arts

The GOP's internal strife, the event's hypocrisy regarding guns, and accusations of racism and anti-Muslim sentiments have haunted CPAC for the past week. For your reading pleasure, here are some news and commentary pieces on 2016 CPAC.

Daily Beast: Right to Bear Arms? Not at CPAC 2016

Slate: CPAC Is Irrelevant

Time: Donald Trump Drops Out of Controversial CPAC Speech

The Atlantic: Taking a Stand—Sort Of—Against Trump at CPAC

NPR: Ted Cruz Rouses Crowd At CPAC Conference

Right Wing Watch: CPAC Welcomes Back Conspiracy Theorists

Washington Blade: ‘Smooth sailing’ for gay Republicans at CPAC

SPLC Hatewatch: Anti-Muslim Hate Group Invites European Racists to Speak at CPAC

SPLC Hatewatch: CPAC 2016 Recap – Anti-Muslim Commentary Galore


  1. "Engagement in the Arts".....More godawful movies about praying and demons, I suppose, Oh, well, at least they'll absorb a few million dollars that could otherwise have done more harm elsewhere.

    1. Infidel -- Yeah. So far, right wing forays into arts and entertainment have produced disappointing works. I don't think they understand that the principles underlying good arts and entertainment (creativity, innovation, a willingness to question and challenge assumptions) are at odds with right wing values.


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