One of the great controversies of CPAC was Robert Spencer and the people’s choice award. If you have forgotten Robert overwhelmingly won the award by the votes of the people, but was asked (or told depending on who tells the story) not to mention conflicts with Grover Norquist et/al at CPAC. He refused as was not scheduled to speak at CPAC
Likewise Pam Geller was not allowed to hold an event at CPAC as she had for years. Al Cardenas took a different view than David Keene who while critiquing and being critiqued by Geller nevertheless gave her room for an event.
All of this changed when the Breitbart Crowd created their “Uninvited” panel and invited both Robert & Pam to speak on it.
I got there a tad late because of my live radio show . When I walked in the place the double sized room was pretty full.
I came in during Frank Gaffney’s talk
He was followed by Nina Shea
and then Robert Spencer
and finally Pam Geller
There were plenty of camera there, including a reporter from Media Matters who interviewed me earlier in the week.
Since I got to the Panel late I spoke to Rosemary Jenks after the fact
I confess I had never heard of her (and boy is she tall)
There was Q & A and the first question came from someone who was upset at being uninvited to the uninvited panel:
this was Orly Taitz refered by the media as the “birther queen”. I confess for the first half of the time I was there I was right next to her and didn’t recognize her.
She made her case during her question and was clearly upset at not being given a spot on the panel but I suspect the left was more so.
Then came questions on other subjects
What we are about
I asked one on the Anti-antis
That was very nice of Pam BTW got a complement from my Media Matters friend on the subject too.
On Nuclear Stockpiles
On the Muslim Brotherhood & keeping people out
On using these issues politically
On the legality of Burning the Koran and the closing
The answer: ” I don’t burn books, Nazi’s burn books” is classic
Ms. Taitz not withstanding it was a celebration of free speech and Breitbart should be proud to be holding it, and frankly CPAC should be ashamed that it had to be held.
A cunning person wanting to marginalize the people on the panel would have given them space day one at say 9 or 10 am and got it over and done with. These guys are not only wrong, they’re not even smart.