Saturday, January 22, 2011

DeMint Boycotts CPAC

This is why Senator Jim DeMint is not worthy of a strong leadership position in the GOP:

“With leading conservatives organizations not participating this year, Senator DeMint will not be attending. He hopes to attend a unified CPAC next year,” DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton said in an email.

Really, Senator DeMint? This is your version of leadership?

A true leader would not be afraid to meet with and speak with those who may have a different lifestyle, with a different idea of human relationships as it relates to their own lives. A true leader would welcome anyone with a desire to join the GOP and engage with them in working to get other Republicans elected. That is his job. That is what his salary from the taxpayers is for - does he think only heterosexuals pay taxes?

This is petty and feeds the trolls of the party who would separate us and not unite us. This is certainly not "Christian" behavior, if that was the intention - to hold himself out as some kind of super duper Christian, far superior to mere mortal human beings.

Senator DeMint is too old to be blinded with youthful zeal and strident ideology. He is too young to be such a rut-dweller that he cannot see a fellow Republican or conservative as another human being, flaws and all. None of us are perfect.

Hearts and minds are not won with fear and loathing. The elections in 2012 will be difficult enough - battling a well-oiled Obama machine and their mega dollars - the last obstacle we need is now coming from our own.

Shame on him. Shame on the nattering nabobs who will take to the Internet now and praise his myopic behavior. And, shame on anyone looking at this snub as anything other than his own politically motivated morality. This is a man with a desire to lead the party by dictating who will run for office and set the agenda. A political party is far greater than one person.

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