The annual Conservative Political Action Conference, more commonly known as CPAC, was held March 14-16th in National Harbor, Maryland. The theme of this years gathering was “America’s Future: The Next Generation of Conservatives.” There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this years event.
Two of the Republican parties most praised politicians of 2012 weren’t invited: Governors Chris Christie (NJ) and Bob McDonnell (VA). Likewise, the not-so-typical Conservative journalist S.E. Cupp of MSNBC’S The Cycle and The Blaze‘s Real News cancelled her speech due to groups supporting same-sex marriage not being invited to the event. She stands out in the GOP for being an atheist and supporting gay rights. Also, Michelle Malkin has been extremely critical of the annual Conservative gathering this year. Just days before the event she tweeted, “CPAC is dead,” and went on a rampage against Donald Trump’s slot as a speaker. And with good reason! Trump is only Conservative by self claim. He possesses Liberal ideology and constantly praises Democrats. A couple of days before CPAC, he took to Twitter to say what a great candidate Ashley Judd, a flaming Liberal feminist, will be in the race against Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell.
The anger doesn’t stop here.
Although there were some young-ish speakers who the crowd thoroughly enjoyed (Rubio, Paul, and Cruz), the majority of those speaking and panelist were plain old. Newt Gingrich, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Santorum, etc. Some of these Conservative leaders who have been popular politically in the past are still relevant, and might have a role in the future of the GOP (Palin 2016?). But with each and every speech targeted towards “the next generation,” shouldn’t they have been represented more? Instead of preaching to young Conservatives that they’re the future, wouldn’t it have been wise to feature more than a couple of the people who will shortly be running the party?
Most young people in attendance noticed this and got vocal about it. Bethany Bowra, a 16 year-old Conservative blogger from Flordia Tweeted, “If you want rising Conservative stars, there are hundreds of teens and 20-somethings here and eager to share. Just FYI.” She hit the nail on the coffin. The GOP can say they support young Conservatives all they want, but until they realize that we’re out here and ready to get more involved, they will sadly continue down the road they’re currently on. The road that loses the youth vote to do no connection.