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McCain Courts Secret Radical Religious Conservative Group
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McCain Courts Secret Radical Religious Conservative Group

Posted by Steve Benen, The Carpetbagger Report at 5:50 AM on March 8, 2008.

The Council for National Policy would be perfectly happy if the public didnt even know it exists.



Usually, political groups trip over one another to try and gain public notoriety and attention. The Council for National Policy, meanwhile, would be perfectly happy if the public didnt even know it exists. (Ive long believed the easiest job on Earth would be to serve as this groups press secretary.)

The CNP is made up of many heavy-hitters from the religious right and conservative movement in general, and they meet periodically to plot and scheme. It may sound excessively cloak-and-dagger of the group, but the CNP has a list of formal rules, one of which reads, "The media should not know when or where we meet or who takes part in our programs, before or after a meeting.

Fortunately, details routinely leak. Today in New Orleans, for example, the CNP will gather and hear from none other than John McCain. (You know, the one who refuses to pander to anyone.)

Sen. John McCain, in his post-victory debut before the conservative movements top donors and leaders, will address the Council for National Policys annual winter meeting here today.

His remarks at the event, which has always been closed to the public and will have only a partial accommodation of the press this year for the first time, could turn out to be his make-or-break pitch for support from some of the rights most influential critics of his past positions and policies.

This is the most distinguished collection of conservative leaders and donors, and he was anxious to appear as part of his ongoing effort to consolidate support for his candidacy within the conservative movement, said Charlie Black, Mr. McCains campaign adviser.


Not everyone will be glad to see him. One veteran CNP member told the far-right Washington Times, It will say more about the state of the conservative movement than it does McCain. If he is accepted at CNP, this will mark the official end of the conservative movement as we knew it. ........(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/79060 /




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