Earlier today I wondered just what Richard Viguerie’s name was doing on The Mount Vernon Statement since, on Monday, he called it embarrassing pablum. But today he went ahead and signed it and even issued his own statement praising it as a good first step:
“I am pleased to be a signer of the Mount Vernon Statement.
“I feel it’s a good first step, and I applaud those conservatives who have provided the leadership to produce this statement of conservative principles.
“In the coming weeks, I look forward to working with all principled conservatives, including the newest branch of the small-limited government coalition, the Tea Partiers, to take the steps necessary to maximize our victories in 2010 and beyond.
This doesn’t really make any sense; why would he dismiss the statement as a meaningless joke on Monday only to turn around two days later and add his name to it?
I wonder if it might have had something to do with the fact that initially it looks like he wasn’t asked to sign on.
The Atlantic – “Some key conservative luminaries will be in attendance at the Collingwood Library and Museum in Alexandria, VA (an original part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon properties): Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, David Keene of the American Conservative Union, former Reagan policy adviser Kenneth T. Cribb, Kenneth Blackwell of Coalition for a Conservative Majority, and Federalist Society co-founder David McIntosh.”
Politico – “The big names attached to it include former Attorney General Ed Meese, Heritage Foundation President Edwin Feulner, Family Research Council head Tony Perkins, Media Research Center leader Brent Bozell, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist and David Keene, head of the American Conservative Union, which is putting on CPAC, among others.”
On Monday, the Washington Times wrote about it and quoted Viguerie dismissing the statement as meaningless.
And guess what? The very next day, Politico wrote another article about the statement and guess who’s name appeared in the list:
The statement’s drafters, who will sign it near George Washington’s Mount Vernon home Wednesday afternoon, include figures from differing wings of the movement: former Attorney General Ed Meese, Heritage Foundation President Edwin Feulner, Family Research Council head Tony Perkins, Media Research Center leader Brent Bozell, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, direct-mail guru Richard Viguerie and David Keene, the head of the American Conservative Union, sponsor of this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference, with which the signing of the Mount Vernon statement is meant to coincide.
This list is nearly identical to the list Politico provided last week, with the exception of the sudden inclusion of Viguerie.
So what happened between Monday, when Viguerie was telling the Washington Times the whole thing was a pathetic joke, and Tuesday when he name was being listed among the statement’s primary supporters?
I’m guessing that organizers reached out to him and asked him to add his name, which was all it took to make this embarrassing pablum into a demonstration of conservative leadership and principles.