John Avlon Rips 'Far Right' Social Conservatives Over CPAC on CNN.com
Published: 2/9/2011 7:51 PM ET
CNN contributor John Avlon took yet another shot at mainstream conservatives in a Wednesday column on CNN.com. Avlon blasted the "far right" Family Research Council and other conservative groups for their opposition to GOProud's sponsorship of CPAC, and accused conservatives of being on "the wrong side of history" with homosexuals, just as they supposedly were with the "last great civil right movement."
The Daily Beast columnist, a known Tea Party critic, took delight that the "gay rights movement...has finally reached the Republican Party" in his column, titled "Gay group in conservatives' gathering splits GOP." He continued by noting how "former first daughter Barbara Bush made news by announcing her support of gay marriage, joining the former GOP presidential nominee's daughter Meghan McCain. Last year, former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman came out."
A few paragraphs later, Avlon began ripping the conservative groups that decided to boycott CPAC over the GOProud issue:
The far-right Family Research Council pulled out, soon joined by Concerned Women for America, the American Principles Project, American Values, the Capital Research Center, Center for Military Readiness, Liberty Counsel and Maggie Gallagher's National Organization for Marriage. Most surprising was the boycott by the influential Heritage Foundation, a think tank that traces its roots to the Reagan administration and professes belief in the principles of small government and individual freedom - unless, apparently, it extends to the participation of gays and lesbians in conservative conferences.Actually, the CNN contributor erroneously included Capital Research Center in that list. It is still listed as a "participating organization" for CPAC 2011 (perhaps he meant the Media Research Center, the parent company of NewsBusters).
Avlon then took the predictable route in all but saying that these groups had strayed from Ronald Reagan's example, a tactic he had earlier used against the Tea Party: