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March 7th, 2014
10:13 PM ET

Begala: CPAC bans gay groups

Guest host, Paul Begala, was outraged that no gay groups were allowed to sponsor CPAC 2014.


Does attacking Hillary Clinton work?

Newt Gingrich and Paul Begala debate with David Bossie and Stephanie Shriock about conservatives attacking Hillary Clinton.

Begala: Ted Cruz's CPAC comments are appalling
Paul Begala argues that Sen. Ted Cruz's CPAC comments were appalling, however David Bossie does not agree.

Gingrich: Obama's failures travel with him
Newt Gingrich was outraged that others were outraged because Obama will be on vacation this weekend. He thinks Obama will be just as ineffective.

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  1. Rogue351

    If they can discriminate against an entire group this easy what makes you think they will not one day discriminate against you based on another bible verse giving them the right to do so ? The bible if full of reasons to discriminate it all depends on who it is interpreting it at any given time. If the interpreter thinks it will save their soul from eternal damnation they are going to thrown you to the back of the bus, or under it without a second though. In fact they will more than likely be proud of doing so. Whatever happened to separation of church and states ?

    March 19, 2014 at 1:48 am | Reply
  2. Steve F

    Right. The party of "inclusion", correct?

    March 17, 2014 at 8:40 am | Reply
  3. W.G.

    When ever you are scared of Gay people it usually means that you are probably gay yourself
    and can´t handel it .

    March 15, 2014 at 7:26 am | Reply
  4. Roscoe Nonies

    Sorry homosexuals, find somewhere else to spread your anti-American filth. Lawsuit me a river, why don't you.

    March 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm | Reply
  5. Profile Of the typical republican voter

    1. Thinks they themselves are rich.
    2. Makes less than $100,000/yr.
    3. Has a net worth less then $200,000.
    4. Primary residence is on wheels or blocks.
    5. Benefits directly from the ACA but really, really hates Obamacare.
    6. Probably retired and depending on SS and Medicare or will be the person most likely to need SS and Medicare.
    7. Thinks they are religious but they should read the book, "How NOT To Be A Republican" (a.k.a. The Bible).
    8. Thinks republicans are conservatives.
    9. Racist.
    10. Actually thinks republicans represent THEM!!

    March 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  6. The GOP Solution

    The GOP Solution: Turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. And don't forget the GOP all time favorites.................TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!! And GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE

    March 14, 2014 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  7. Woody

    This article is very misleading. Gay conservatives or as they call themselves more then one issue voters were in attendance and took part in all the glory of CPAC. Sorry liberals this article is so left leaning I would say it borders on ...dare I say it fiction. CPAC did not offer a particular gay group a table in exhibit hall but gays were at the event. You all should really learn about the tea party and stop reading what the admin tells it's minions to write.

    March 10, 2014 at 9:00 pm | Reply
    • kurt

      There is a difference between disagreeing with a party on an issue, and having a party being unwelcoming to you because of your identity.

      The GOP has a problem with the latter. The reason is because they are so stringent on attacking "RINOS". So if you have a hispanic person who agreed with the GOP economic policy strongly and agrees with thier religious message, but is very much for a more welcoming attitude for illegal immigrants, they are made to feel unwelcome.

      There are lots of people like this. Those who like large portions of the GOP message but can't bring themselves to vote for them because they are made unwelcome because of the parts of the GOP message they do not agree with. Yes, some do simply dismiss those other issues and accept voting for people who are against their identity or way of life... but they are a minority of those groups. The majority flee the GOP.

      There is very little room for internal disagreement among the GOP... or you're a RINO. The end result is their voting block is mostly white. Over 90% of GOP primary voters were white in 2012. Over 50% were over 50. That's the real world identity of the GOP base.

      March 11, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Reply
      • Smitty

        Blah, blah, blah more B.S. from an Obumbles brown noser.

        March 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm |
      • kurt

        Nice response.

        Translation: "I can't refute anything he said so I'll say 'Blah, blah, blah' to try to hide that fact."

        March 12, 2014 at 10:24 am |
    • Rogue351

      You have spent a few to many hours being indoctrinated. It is not 1951 and lets hope it never is again.

      March 19, 2014 at 1:51 am | Reply
  8. CPAC should be called RPAC

    CPAC needs to be changed to RPAC. Because since WHEN has a republican EVER been a conservative.

    March 10, 2014 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  9. sftommy

    GOP has never been much for the inclusiveness of "We the people", the seem to think it's speaking directly to them and no other Americans, thus they fail at the ballot box...as they should.

    March 10, 2014 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  10. Cristina Steele

    I used to be a Hilary Clinton & Bill Clinton Supporter. I used to think Ms. Clinton was very smart and capable of running this country better than any man. Today, I can tell you this. After the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Ms. Clinton’s response or lack thereof totally disappointed me. When you are in a position of power you have a unique opportunity to set for change. Ms. Clinton set women back by doing nothing for the sake of political and financial gains. Ms. Clinton, should have set the record straight once and for all. Women should not put up with cheating men, even if he is the President. The entire affair between Lewinsky and her husband was completely consensual. Lewinsky is a predator and a very calculating piece of trash. What Hilary should have done is divorce the President and take Monica Lewinsky to court for disrupting her marriage, alienating affection from her husband and using the affair for personal gains and more. Bill Clinton has had more than one inappropriate relationship this should not be tolerated. A message to women who seek to get involved with married men should have set the precedent and a message to men who cheat should have also.
    I voted for President Obama the first time and against the second. President Obama and his wife had a very unique opportunity to diminish class warfare and bigotry as he is not only an Afro-American but also White! Instead of using his blessing to do good and change things for the positive which he has a moral responsibility to do and unite people, the President has set this country back, the division amongst Americans is worse now than ever. As a citizen of this country with a diverse ethnic and cultural background, I can tell you that I am very disappointed in our President, his wife and Mrs. Clinton for these reasons and other political and moral reasons. I also want you to know that I do not stand alone on this.

    March 10, 2014 at 10:52 am | Reply
    • JC

      That division wasn't caused by Obama. It was caused and is still being caused by the Tea Baggers. Until we dump the Tea, I don't expect any improvement.

      March 10, 2014 at 11:17 am | Reply
      • Smitty

        Sure. Very good Obumbles fodder, point and blame. Hows that gitmo closing going for the BIGGEST LIAR OF THE YEAR???? Face the facts Obumbles is failing on all fronts !!!

        March 11, 2014 at 9:37 pm |
      • Vince

        Obumbles? Really...dude you lose all credibility when you can't make a point or engage in a discussion without using some kind of idiotic rhetoric. You're part of what's wrong with American discourse.

        March 12, 2014 at 12:17 pm |
      • toveri

        @ Vince
        its funny you called out Smitty for his use of Obumbles but neglected to call out JC for Tea Baggers.
        that shows your credibility also, DUDE

        March 13, 2014 at 8:21 am |
      • The "....trash" of America

        @Smitty & Vince,

        You represent what is wrong with this country and why us GIs and expats are hated overseas. Your "I'm superior" white trash mentality. Can't articulate anything, but continue blaming everybody else for your ignorance and lack of everything.

        March 16, 2014 at 10:17 am |
    • dougwhite659

      Pretty crazy post. First of all, to a very, very, very large portion of our society, who you have sex with is just not that big of an issue. I know to 'Christians' it seems really important, but that is just another of their silly cultural 'we are right and everyone else is wrong' arguments. How can you be OK with sending people off to war to kill other humans, but think that having sex with more than one person is some sort of significant sin? That is just crazy.
      Second, you comment that "the division amongst Americans is worse now than ever" makes me wonder if you have ever read a single book in your life. You may not have heard, but we had this little thing called slavery...and a civil war over it a few years back. I am gonna go way out on a limb and say that the divide among Americans was worse then. Oh, and there was the gilded era, where workers were literally dying by the tens of thousands in mines, factories, slaughterhouses, etc. I'm guessing that also trumps the division today.... and I just remembered we had riots in the 1960s, and I think maybe some National Guardsmen in Ohio may have shot some unarmed students.... can't recall anything like that happening in the past few years.
      So, maybe you should get over your homophobia, racial stereotyping, nutty Christian dogma as morality and less taxes equals more jobs craziness and try looking at the real world instead. or don't. It doesn't matter that much anyway. The country is going to change whether the conservatives like it or not. It always has, and always will. Look at the polling among 18-35 voters, and among the rising immigrant population....that is where we are actually headed.

      March 17, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  11. hellsyeahs

    LGBT not invited? Wow I'm shocked.

    (sarcasm)

    March 8, 2014 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  12. kurt

    And this just highlights the expanding problem for the GOP.

    They are against SO MANY things that they alienate a huge portion of the electorate off the bad. By the time they try to present ideas, 40% or more of the nation won't listen because the GOP has already identified them as bad.

    If your "core beliefs" limit you to such a narrow group of people as potential voters that you have to win nearly 100% of them to have a shot... then you're in trouble.

    And it's getting worse because voters used to convince themselves that the GOP politicians were lying to them about a lot of that stuff, so they could bring themselves to vote for them because of issues like Taxes or government spending where they agreed with the GOP. But as the ousting of moderates and "RINOS" continues, voters are less and less able to do that.

    They can't say to themselves "Oh, they're just saying that religious stuff to get their base out, they aren't really going to follow through with that." Because now, if they don't they get primaried out. You now know that guy saying he's for creationism being taught in school... he's actually going to follow through with that.

    And to a portion of the moderate voters out there who support lower taxes and lowers spending... that frightens them. Because they are not "TRUE" conservatives. They're just people who want less taxes and spending without all the rest of the garbage that goes along with the "true conservative" label these days. And THEY are the ones that carry the GOP to wins in national elections.

    March 8, 2014 at 3:49 pm | Reply
    • Hector Slagg

      Some people believe you can do it yourself Kurt. Is that not so? Why do you want someone else to carry your water? You have all the tools. There is nothing holding you back, but yourself. You, and many others have been fooled by the "Do Gooders" who keep telling you they are going to fix everything so you will be on "Easy Street" Nobody told you life would be easy. So do you still need your Nanny?

      March 9, 2014 at 11:35 am | Reply
    • Jonny Vegas

      It isn't as fun to put another human being down when they are in the same room as you. Matter of fact I wonder why they let Women, unwed parents, homeless, jobless, atheist, hispanic, black, immigrants (legal), non gun owners and people who make cakes for people who are different than them in. They should just keep all those people out so they can really let loose.

      March 13, 2014 at 1:41 am | Reply
    • toveri

      It always amazes me that people not a member of the GOP have such concerns about us.
      I would think you would cheer us on. Tell us to follow our beliefs.
      that way we would simply just fall behind and disappear.
      Its good you want to improve our group, make us better, make us into Dems.

      we all thank you and will give your advice the attention it deserves.

      March 13, 2014 at 8:27 am | Reply
  13. Louise Sabourin

    Keep the attacks on Hillary going the more hey attack the more people move to her side and excluding gays from CPAC another segment of the population lost to Democrats Keep it up Your winning the election for them.

    March 8, 2014 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  14. Hector Slagg

    Aw Gee, Man,
    You wouldn't put the shuck on us, would you Begala? You and your Liberal Buddies running out of anything to say. How about the 17.5 Trillion dollar Federal Debt? How about that Smooth running Web Site for Obama Care? How about the sever lack of jobs?

    March 8, 2014 at 9:03 am | Reply
    • emskadittle

      1. most that debt cannot be attributed to President Obama
      2. have you tried the website lately?
      3. sever? Maybe if the republicans in the house came out with any type of jobs bill, you could talk

      March 9, 2014 at 1:58 pm | Reply
      • Smitty

        Really, your that fair behind?? The repubs have passed a ton of bills and liar Reid wont bring them to the floor> Catch up

        March 11, 2014 at 9:39 pm |
      • The "....trash" of America

        @ Smitty again. Are you from a different planet. or cable never made it to your trailer court? Please enlighten the rest of us when the hell was the last time a republican ever even put a full day of work in Washington since Obama became POTUS.

        March 16, 2014 at 10:22 am |

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