Before the Conservative Political Action Conference got underway last Thursday, reams of coverage in the MSM plumbed the rift between the leave-us-alone libertarians and economic conservatives on one side and the religious and social-issues conservatives on the other.
Focus on the Family and others on the religious right had boycotted the annual gathering when the gay conservative group, GoProud, was allowed to sign on as a sponsor of the event.
But the far more interesting internal spat showed itself Thursday when former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, an architect of the invasion of Iraq, and former Vice President Dick Cheney, looking quite spry for someone without a pulse, were jeered by anti-war libertarians and Ron Paul supporter. Neocons in the house thundered back with “USA! USA!” chants.
Rumsfeld was there to get the Defender of the Constitution Award, and Cheney made a surprise appearance to congratulate his old friend.