Conservatives confronted with the Republican Party's "stupid party" image after the November 2012 election will be gathering on March 14-16 for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. CPAC is an annual, 3-day gathering of conservative activists and political leaders who network and set the tone of the conservative political agenda.
This year, CPAC has not been without controversy . Box Turtle Bulletin's Timothy Kinkaid has pointed out that gays — and in particular, GOProud — are banned from any formal role because of the cries of the Family Research Council and other religious right activists. Chris Christie, the popular governor of New Jersey, has not been asked to speak, presumably due to his vocal approval of President Obama's handling of the Sandy hurricane disaster shortly before the 2012 election, but Sarah Palin and Allen West, controversial Republican figures, have been invited.
The latest is a Tea Party group wondering if CPAC has been compromised by the Muslim Brotherhood.
"PolitiChickTV" interviewed JihadWatch.org's Robert Spencer, who complained "about the blatant blacklisting of anyone who speaks out against the threat of Islam in America at the GOP convention CPAC, including Pamela Gellar, Frank Gaffney and himself."
In a video published on March 4, PolitiChick Ann-Marie Murrell expressed her confusion about why Spencer, "who is trying to help our country" would be "shut out" of CPAC. "What is your reaction to that?" she asked.
"That is a result of more Muslim Brotherhood influence," Spencer answered. "Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform is an extraordinarily influential presence in the Republican party because of his tax work. He has close ties to numerous people connected to the Muslim Brotherhood and even worse. He was a close friend of Abdurahman Alamoudi who was the leading moderate Muslim in the 90s and who is now serving time in prison for financing al-Qaeda and so Grover Norquist is the chief enabler in the Republican party of Islamic supremacist and Muslim Brotherhood influence in the U.S. Government."
"Until the Republican party cleans house of these nefarious influences, there is not going to be any significant force in Washington fighting back against Islamist supremacist infiltration," he warned.
Right Wing Watch pointed out last year that Glenn Beck and Jerry Boykin have also accused Norquist's wife, Samah Norquist, of being a "lackey for the Muslim Brotherhood" and that other extremists fretted that Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign had been infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood. Spencer is a frequent guest of far right Christian talk shows, rallying against the alleged threat of Sharia law in America and claiming that "liberals and Islamists are united because they loathe America."