Sunday, June 22, 2014

Conservatives Clash: Battle The Wicked Or Fight For The Needy?

Jon Ward, HuffPost, Updated: 06/21/2014 3:59 pm EDT

WASHINGTON -- The placement of a Barack Obama figurine in a urinal at a conference for Christian conservatives Friday captured why these gatherings have become so damaging for the Republican Party.

The Faith & Freedom Coalition's conference, like the Conservative Political Action Conference and the Values Voter Summit, has attracted thoughtful conservatives but also politically tone-deaf, fringe right-wingers, and put the latter on display. The media broadcast their behavior to the country, and they come to represent all conservatives everywhere.

There were never more than 300 people in the ballroom at Washington's Omni Shoreham hotel on Friday, but because likely 2016 Republican presidential candidates like Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were speaking, a full contingent of the national press corps was on hand to document the event.

The freak show element of the conservative conference circuit has been a fixture for years now. What is new is the friction between two competing points of view on the right: those who think the sky is falling, and those who think conservatives need to stop shouting about what's wrong with the world and start embracing a proactive approach to solving the problems of regular people.

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