Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Allen West CPAC Keynote Speaker

Allen West (politician)Image via Wikipedia

Does the presence of a black man speaking to the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) mean the group isn't racist?

Freshman Congressman Allen West was the keynote speaker at CPAC and he said in reference to the conservative movement that they have survived  ”hostile attacks from the liberal left, such as being called racist. Perhaps they should see who is standing up here as your keynote speaker.”

According to a tweet from the congressman himself on Wednesday morning, he's "humbled" by the invitation.

"I've been asked today to have the honor of giving the closing keynote address at CPAC Saturday," wrote West. "I'm humbled."
Last week, ABC News reported that Sarah Palin was asked to be the event's keynote speaker, but that she declined to accept the invitation.

In a statement issued from his office, the Congressman said :
At a time when Republicans have recently regained the leadership in the United States House of Representatives, it is crucial that we not forget the principles of conservatism – effective and efficient constitutional government, free market/free enterprise solutions, less taxation and regulatory burden, and peace through strength and traditional American values. I look forward to reaffirming these fundamental pillars of American exceptionalism at CPAC.”

I don't get it, but I guess some folks will trade anything for a seat at the table, even the Republican table. It would be different if they would do some good for the political process, but I suspect they'll simply do as they are told and be "humbled".   
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