The worst part about the conservative rift within CPAC is the public way in which it has been handled. It's the information age, of course, and everyone wants to have their name mentioned as often as possible. Still, watching Heritage Foundation skip CPAC is like hearing mom and dad fight. It's not my fault, is it? The liberal glee over the whole thing is really annoying. Their coalition is held together by the loosest of principles and yet we've become mockable for falling out on one issue, an issue that divides Democrats just the same (let's not forget Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton, and any other serious presidential candidate of both parties also oppose gay marriage).
I agree with much of what Dorian Davis writes at Daily Caller about the CPAC controversy; mostly that the organizations and people skipping the event because of GOProud's attendance are going to render themselves irrelevant. The world has changed, and while gay marriage may still not be widely supported, exclusion of gay people for any reason is just not acceptable.
So what does this mean for the conservative movement? The truth is, not much. You don't have to have Thanksgiving Dinner together every year to be family and you don't have to attend the same events and parties to vote for the same candidates. Ultimately, politics is about elections, and no matter what else we may disagree over, conservatives of all stripes will likely rally around Barack Obama's 2012 challenger. We did it holding our noses in 2008, we'll certainly do it after four brutal Obama years.
As with any family, there will be black sheep and there will be the kooky ones you can't believe you're related to. It would be nice if your crazy uncle Arnold didn't take his complaints about the family to the town square but you love that old son-of-a-gun anyway. Maybe we'll all be back together next year, maybe not, as long as we're all voting the same way in 2012, it really doesn't matter.
Born in the Soviet Union and raised in Brooklyn, Karol Markowicz is a public relations consultant in NYC and a veteran of Republican campaigns in four states. She blogs about politics at http://www.alarmingnews.com and about life in the city with her husband and baby at http://www.212baby.com. She can be followed on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/karolnyc