It's darkly amusing that this is what's now being fought over in the conservative movement:

There were two ideological flash points for pre-CPAC boycotts, protests, and vitriol. One, very well covered, was the anger that social conservatives -- including ACU board member Cleta Mitchell -- harbored about the inclusion of the gay Republican group GOProud. One, less well-covered, came from "anti-Jihadist" activists who consider ATR President Grover Norquist and ACU board member Suhail Khan supplicants of the Muslim threat to America.

The anti-jihadists did not boycott the event. Pamela Gellar and Robert Spencer held two crowded screenings of their film "The Ground Zero Mosque: Second Wave of the 9/11 Attacks," not sponsored by CPAC, but across from the main ballroom. David Horowitz, the leftist-turned-conservative muckraker, got the speaking slot right after Haley Barbour. He used most of his time to blister Khan and Norquist, accusing them of working on the behalf of terrorists, in line with the plans of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Without all these boogey men – and there is always a new one at the ready – the grassroots right might actually have to focus on entitlement spending long enough to advocate for a solution.

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