Boehner Gets The CPAC Snub


House Speaker John Boehner has gotten the CPAC snub. He wasn’t invited to speak this year.

House Speaker John A. Boehner, who has tangled repeatedly with the right wing of the Republican Party, has not been invited to this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference, a major snub at the annual gathering and a sign of the top Republican officeholder’s struggle to find common ground with grass-roots activists.

People familiar with CPAC’s planning, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity, said the American Conservative Union, which hosts the event, never sent an invitation to Mr. Boehner, in part because it wanted the focus this year to be on leading conservative thinkers at the grass-roots level and not at the congressional or party leadership level.

So I guess that means Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell won’t be there either. Right?

Despite that, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican who has fallen out of favor with some grass-roots conservatives and faces a tea party-backed challenger in the party primary this year, will address the conference, his office said. (Read More)

Ah well, who knows if Boehner was invited whether he would have even attended. Last year he declined.

It would have been interesting to see how he was received, but that’s probably not the sort of attention he’s looking for.