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Ryan Sorba: To Shun or Not to Shun?

Posted By Ryan Mauro On May 21, 2010 @ 2:00 pm In NewsReal Blog | 1 Comment

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of Ryan Sorba, the young conservative who shows off his tough-guy masculinity by trying to make a career out of fighting against homosexuals and gay marriage. If you don’t remember, Sorba is the speaker with a massively inflated sense of self-importance that used his debut at CPAC to denounce the group for having GOProud, a gay Republican organization, as a sponsor.

Unfortunately, this didn’t end Sorba’s career, it just ended his credibility. I didn’t anticipate how some media outlets would love to give him a podium with which to embarrass conservatives and himself. According to Sorba’s Facebook, CNN is following his “conservative activism” (I put that in quotes because it makes it sound like he’s done something significant) for a one-hour documentary.

This made me ponder how the right-wing should handle Sorba. Do they distance themselves from him, but in their ridicule, actually elevate his meager stature? Or should he just be ignored, so he doesn’t get the attention he craves and the recognition he’ll surely interpret as a sign that he’s some kind of star?

The guy already thinks he’s important enough that he can scare people by saying “Guess what? You made an enemy out of me!” like he did at the CPAC podium and can challenge people like Andrew Sullivan and Tammy Bruce to debates.

Not surprisingly, according to the article, Sorba isn’t the only conservative in the documentary, so it definitely isn’t about him—although I’m sure he’ll do everything he can to change that if his behavior at CPAC is any indication. The point is that everyone that wants to tarnish conservatives will now be hard at work trying to bring Sorba to the forefront.

I am a registered Independent and am unsure of my views on most domestic issues, but I can tell what CNN is trying to do by promoting Sorba. You don’t need to identify as a conservative to want to blow the whistle.

So, NRB readers, how should he be handled? Should he be shunned or addressed?

For those that have forgotten Mr. Sorba’s look-how-bold-and-smart-I-am rant, watch the video below:


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