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New ACU chief Al Cardenas puts Ron Paul on notice

By Warner Todd Huston

The American Conservative Union (ACU) is the entity that runs the biggest annual conservative event, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Next year CPAC will be headed by a new face, Al Cardenas. Now former Chairman David Keene turns over the reigns to Cardenas after the 2011 CPAC event.

Cardenas has a compelling story, indeed. He was born in Havana, Cuba in 1948 and came to America in 1960 when his parents fled Castro's communist takeover. Cardenas has been heavily involved in the Florida State GOP and he worked for Ronald Reagan's campaigns in Florida starting in 1975.

I had an opportunity to interview Mr. Cardenas about his new role with the ACU and this naturally led to questions of the current controversies going on at CPAC. I focused on the Ron Paul fans that caused so much ruckus this year and Cardenas seemed to put the Paulites on notice that they may not be invited again.


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So let me get this straight

So when Romney supporters boo Ron Paul... That is acceptable discourse.

But when Paul supporters boo Dick Cheney / Rumsfeld... That is unacceptable

Thanks for setting me straight guys.


hypocrisy is the mainstay of the neocon platform.

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Actually, I think Cardenas

Actually, I think Cardenas was very fair on the topic and merely pointed out that anyone from any side of issues that breached civility might not be welcome. I think it was the obvious bias of the interviewer who kept trying to frame the topic against Paul supporters that drew the conclusion of RP supporters being put on notice.

Obviously the neocons have their panties in a knot when Cheney and Rumsfeld are booed, but enjoy when their Mitt comrades are discivil and boo Ron Paul so much that they stoop to recycle the evidence from last year.

Oh, the hypocrisy.