CPAC begins today. It’s all over social media and the slogan “America’s Future: The Next Generation of Conservatives” is on every name badge and publication for miles.
The timing is interesting for those of us here in Georgia. In light of recent county convention issues across the state and allegations of unfair exclusions, I’ve pondered where we are really going from here in terms of party membership.
I know several people who are attending. Many of them are under 30 and involved in the Young Republicans and the College Republicans. Many of them are over 50 and have ‘established roots’ in the Republican party. There are also activists who couldn’t attend but paid the way for someone younger to go. Then you consider some of the speakers on this year’s list: Ben Carson, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, Newt Gingrich, Rand Paul, Mitt Romney, Donald Trump and of course, our very own Michael Caldwell from HD 20, who will be speaking on the 10 Conservatives Under 40 panel. All of these folks are working to strengthen the conservative movement. They all come from very different ‘wings’ of the Republican party, all at different marks on that political meter, if you will, and all have a slightly different idea of what ‘being conservative’ means.
If all these folks from around the country can get together and rally for conservative values and network for a stronger party, why aren’t we demanding much more for our upcoming district conventions?