The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is over and almost everyone is describing it as one of the best in years. People left feeling invigorated and enthusiastic. Most people had quite a bit of fun as well. Those who attended are now recovering and reflecting on four great days for the conservative movement. It has been described as a conservative Mardi Gras, and even the left called it a “Woodstock for the right.”
Cries of racism from places like the New York Times failed to ignite and made the accusers look silly.
Surprisingly, several people who didn’t attend are making observations contrary to the general mood of the reports that came out of the event. One of these negative voices who didn’t attend CPAC is Mike Huckabee.
In an interview with Geraldo Rivera on Fox News, he complained about the conference. Why Huckabee didn’t save his rant for his own show is a bit odd. But in order to fully appreciate the sneering remarks you must read what he said:
“CPAC has become increasingly more libertarian and less Republican over the last years, one of the reasons I didn’t go this year,” Huckabee said in an interview with Fox News, where he is a paid analyst and has his own show.
He even had the gall — considering his highly paid Fox TV show and bully pulpit — to whine about how CPAC is sponsored.
“Because of the way that it solicits sponsors and it’s almost become a pay-for-play,” he said. “It’s kind of like, who will pay money to be able to be a sponsor and get time in the program. That’s one of the things that has hurt its credibility in the last couple of years.”
Needless to say, CPAC has come out strongly against Huckabee’s “pay for play” comments. From David Keene, the chairman of the American Conservative Union:
“We were frankly a [little] perplexed by Governor Huckabee’s comments about CPAC given our long and cordial relationship with him and his family,” Keene told CNN, noting that Huckabee’s daughter Sarah attended CPAC this year, “I can only assume that the governor has been misinformed as to how CPAC operates.”
I suspect his remark about CPAC and its sponsorship practices is in reference to the criticism social conservative groups have leveled for the inclusion of GOProud as a sponsor. GOProud is a homosexual conservative group that added its name to the sponsor list.