And that’s why CPAC’s decision to not invite Christie was probably a mistake. I’ve enjoyed my visits to CPAC. (Heck, I was named its conservative journalist of the year in 2011.)
The problem is that CPAC is the first bottleneck in the Republican presidential pipeline, and at precisely the moment the party should be making every effort to be — or at least seem! — as open as possible to differing points of view, it’s chosen to exclude the most popular governor in the country.
Then change its name to the Republican Political Action Committee and invite him.
But “opening conservatism to as many differing points of view as possible” is one of the biggest problems with conservatism in America today. An ideology that attempts to stand for everything stands for nothing.