Breitbart's 'The Uninvited' Panel to Ramp Up Pressure on GOP Establishment - 1pm
Breitbart News will host "The Uninvited" panel on Saturday at CPAC from 1 p.m to 3 p.m (National Harbor Room 4) and continue its tradition of leading conversations on issues the Republican establishment and the mainstream media refuse to address. These issues topics crony capitalism, illegal immigration, global jihad and radical Islam, the persecution of Christians across the globe, and the gutting of the American military.
These are not issues that only conservatives care about, but independents and Reagan Democrats as well. When Republicans speak to these Americans, they win majorities. When Republicans speak to Washington's elite, they get hammered.
Speakers will include Former Attorney General of the United States Michael Mukasey and Peter Schweizer, president of the nonpartisan Government Accountability Institute. Panelists will include Robert Spencer, Dan Goure, Nina Shea, Rosemary Jenks, Frank Gaffney, and Pamela Geller. And there will be an emphasis on audience participation and interaction.
Breitbart News CEO Larry Solov said, "Andrew Breitbart never shied away from tackling controversial issues" and "understood that people need vigorous and sustained discussion and debate to make their own informed decisions. It is in Andrew’s spirit that we are proud to host this event.”
Breitbart News Executive Chairman Steve Bannon added that "The Uninvited" is about the "direct engagement and participation by the CPAC audience" because Andrew "believed in more voices, not less, and that is what this session will be about."
"We will get as many people as possible to the microphone to ask their questions and engage our speakers," Bannon said.
Daniel Greenfield recently blistered the Republican establishment in a recent piece titled, "Who Were The Geniuses Who Came Up With That One?"
Greenfield sardonically writes that the Republican establishment's strategy for winning a majority in this country is to "nuke their own grassroots by raising money to attack deviant Tea Party candidates and protect true conservatives who support amnesty, tax shelters and tax hikes," even though the Tea Party "was responsible for the first Republican victories since 2004."
He then facetiously noted that the Republican elite will "add 11 million Democratic voters to the rolls through amnesty for illegal aliens as part of a brilliant plan to stop being a national party." He added that they'll shift their energies to focus "fighting pitched battles for local council seats."
Greenfield writes that, fortunately, there is a clear path to victory: conservatives just need to "convince the Party of Consultants that all is lost and that they should come out as Democrats now."
Greenfield points out that the "Republican Party is an organization at war with its base" because GOP leadership does not have the ability to relate to how ordinary Americans think.
"Reagan and Bush won, in no small part, because they appeared to be part of the small world of ordinary people. They shared their culture and concerns," Greenfield writes. "They gave signs of being able to think small, and though the media ridiculed them for it as buffoons and dopes, Bonzo, and the Bushisms had the last laugh. But that sensibility never sank into the leadership."
The establishment, according to Greenfield, "has failed to come to terms with the fact that the GOP cannot be a party of urban liberals and has been the exact opposite of that for some time."
"The Republican Party can either become one with its base, or it can try beating it off with a stick some more while waiting around for Meghan McCain to deliver the new hip conservative movement," he concludes.
Breitbart News's " The Uninvited" panel will seek to make the Republican Party become "one with its base."
As Breitbart News announced CEO and President Larry Solov, Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon, Managing Editor Alex Marlow, and Editors-at-Large Ben Shapiro and Larry O’Connor will moderate and participate on the panels.
Mukasey will speak about "Civilizational Jihad and the Willful Blindness of America's Elites," while Schweizer will discuss "The Plague: Crony Capitalism and DC’s Elites." Pamela Geller, who has written fiercely and spoken about the the threat of radical islam, will be on the panel. It is worth noting that CPAC did not invite Geller to speak this year.
Goure, of the Lexington Institute, will discuss the dangerous of gutting the American military. Jenks, of Numbers USA, will discuss alternatives to "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" (which is favored by moderate Republicans and liberals). Shea, of the Hudson Institute, will discuss the global persecution of Christians. Gaffney will discuss the dangers ouf the de-nuclearization of America as enemies like North Korea and Iran seem intent on acquiring such weapons. Spencer, of Jihad Watch, will be speaking as well.
Young activists often use CPAC to learn about various parts of the conservative movement, and "The Uninvited" panel will be particularly important for them. The panel will show those youngsters that even near Washington, D.C., Breitbart News is not afraid to tackle controversial and challenging topics that conservatives, Tea Partiers, Reagan Democrats, and cloth-coat Jacksonian-Americans care about. And so long as Republicans come to Washington promising they'll change it only to be co-opted by the town's permanent political class, such panels will be necessary.