New Year’s Eve. A night of new beginnings, of toasting old friends, of celebrating the safe and healthy end to another year.
And for one conservative political action committee, a night to raise some cold hard cash while slagging on the liberal media and their lefty New Year’s Eve broadcasts.
“Bottom line: this New Years Eve, you need not watch the mainstream TV networks with hosts and guests who will inject their liberal propaganda into everything, especially as they review the events of the year,” read the invitation this morning from the Conservative Campaign Committee. “No, instead, we conservatives are going to get together for a massive celebration of our values, our victories and our plans heading into 2015!”
The Conservative Campaign Committee is an offshoot of the Tea Party Express, an umbrella group of Tea Party organizations founded by a trio of Republican consultants. And it’s supported by some controversial figures within the conservative movement, including Sherriff Joe Arapio and Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, also known as “Joe the Plumber.” In the announcement of their New Year’s Eve party, the group says they hope to raise $100,000 off of the event.
If that sounds removed from the spirit of merriment that the holiday usually entails, so does much of the rest of the planned party, which will be an all-day, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. affair livestreamed around the world.
“During the Conservative New Years Party will be reviewing some of the victories achieved by conservatives in 2014 and mapping out our plans to win even more election victories in 2015. We'll also be laying out the road map to offer conservative plans to counter Barack Obama's destructive policies,” the group writes. “Finally, we'll be discussing the game plan to secure a conservative GOP presidential nominee who will soundly defeat Hillary Clinton and any other Democrat presidential candidates who step forward in the year to come.”
Among the resolutions the Conservative Campaign Committee is making for the new year is “Counter Barack Obama's liberal agenda” while ensuring that the president doesn’t “get away with abusing executive privileges, pushing through amnesty proposals, stoking racial divisiveness, and more.” They also resolve to opposing Hillary Clinton and trying to “make sure we have a good, strong constitutional conservative as the Republican presidential nominee.”
Most New Year’s revelers, if they are not in fact reveling but home watching the revels on TV, tune in to watch the ball drop from Times Square. That celebration is hosted by the decidedly apolitical Ryan Seacrest, who has not aired his political leanings aside from once Tweeting a picture of himself voting, and having Joe Biden on his radio show for an interview that the Los Angeles Times described as the vice president “aiming at a lower bar.”
Seacrest’s co-host, Jenny McCarthy, is mostly known for being an outspoken anti-vaccine activist. The late Dick Clark, who hosted the Times Square celebration for decades, was similarly apolitical, although after his passing he was honored on the floor of the House of Representatives by a Republican lawmaker who called the American Bandstand host “a believer in the free-enterprise system…a believer in encouraging individual initiative and opportunity on a regular basis.”
The invite also said that the group would have a host of conservative superstars joining them for their rightist bacchanal, but did not include any who had signed up, and executives with the Conservative Campaign Committee did not return multiple phone calls seeking comment.
But if any conservatives out there fear that their holiday may be overtaken with discussion of defunding the Export-Import Bank or the Hyde Amendment, fret not; the party ends at 11 pm, leaving free marketeers plenty of time to guzzle a glass of champagne before seeing what those Jacobins in Times Square are up to.