Rush: 'Tea party was under assault at CPAC'

Blasts gathering for drowning out social conservativesPosted: February 14, 2011 6:11 pm Eastern

By Drew Zahn © 2011 WorldNetDaily

Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, himself considered a conservative icon, blasted this year's Conservative Political Action Conference for drowning out tea partiers and those concerned with social issues, lamenting, "That's not the CPAC that I've always thought of or known."

Saying he was concerned that "I might just drum myself out of a movement," Limbaugh blamed the "ruling class" at CPAC for missing the message of the 2010 election, namely that there is "an unmistakable conservative ascendancy happening in this country," evidenced most prominently in the tea-party movement.

"But at CPAC, you didn't get the impression here that there was a conservative ascendancy going on. You had a lot of people saying, 'We gotta do something about that faction,'" Limbaugh said on his program today. "The tea party was under assault in its own way at CPAC. And you in the tea party understand full well the ruling class is not happy with you. And it was clearly obvious."

Instead, Limbaugh said, CPAC seemed smitten with the idea of dumping traditionally conservative values in order to broaden the Republican Party's tent.

"So you had a weird list of priorities and focus. I mean we had it all," Limbaugh said. "We had GOProud, the gay conservatives. We had demands to legalize drugs, marijuana at CPAC. Most conservatives strongly oppose gay marriage and legalized pot."

He continued, "The position of some people who spoke at CPAC: 'Look, if you're worried about immigration, stop it. We don't want to be seen as racist. Stop talking about abortion, stop talking about the social issues, stop talking about all this. That's only gonna hurt; we don't need to deal with that in our party.' This is what the ruling class guys were saying at CPAC."

But one event in particular signaled to Limbaugh that something was different at this year's conference:

"I mean, [Dick] Cheney got heckled, called a war criminal and a draft dodger at CPAC," Limbaugh recalled. "Sorry, that's not the CPAC that I've always thought of or known, [not when] a guy like Dick Cheney gets heckled and called a war criminal."

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