At the rate things are going, there won’t be anyone to show up at this year’s right-wing conference in February. The organizers, CPAC, have already ticked off a bunch of groups like the Family Research Council and the Concerned Women of America by inviting GOProud, the gay conservative group, and now there’s another threatened boycott because the hosts have invited that flaming liberal and possible 2012 presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.
It turns out the social conservatives hold a grudge against Mr. Daniels because last summer he told the Weekly Standard that it might be a good idea to have a “truce” on social issues until the economy gets back on its feet. That is beyond the pale and shows a complete lack of manly manliness to such groups as the American Principles Project (where do they get these names?): “Governor Daniels’ selection is an affront to the millions of conservatives who believe that social issues such as abortion and traditional marriage are non-negotiable.”
Only in some kind of bizarro-universe could Mitch Daniels, the former Budget Director for the Bush administration and as solid a Republican as you can get without exhuming Ronald Reagan, be considered a threat to conservatives and their right-wing agenda. Oh, but he said “truce.” That proves he’s a lily-livered pansy.