Among the overwhelming exuberance and numerous standing ovations accorded to conservative speakers at this week’s Conservative Political Action Committee gathering in D.C., there remained one hold-out.
Ryan Sorba, representing Young Americans For Freedom in California, was roundly booed from the minute he stepped up to the podium. And no wonder - Ryan started with a roundhouse punch:
“I’d like to condemn CPAC for bringing gay pride to this event.”
His address went downhill from there, with Sorba taking heated potshots at particular audience members as the audience continued to boo him off the stage.
Ryan’s comments were the result of a contentious decision toinclude GOProud in CPAC’s 2010 list of sponsors. GOProud represents gay conservatives. In their own words:
GOProud represents gay conservatives and their allies. GOProud is committed to a traditional conservative agenda that emphasizes limited government, individual liberty, free markets and a confident foreign policy. GOProud promotes our traditional conservative agenda by influencing politics and policy at the federal level.
The issue of gay pride has traditionally been championed by the left, with many conservatives actively fighting to protect the institution of marriage from being redefined to include same-sex marriage. These conservatives are routinely branded ‘homophobes,’ as was Mr. Sorba.
The duel issues of gays in the military and same-sex marriage have been part of the national conversation for some time now. Most conservatives acknowledge that there are compelling arguments on both sides. But after watching Sorba’s defiant ‘in your face’ rant yesterday, this writer is of the opinion that Mr. Sorba’s style of debate does his message more harm than good.