In my opinion you don’t cede the ground on a position to a different side, you show up and make your case.
I don’t have a problem with those who choose to boycott CPAC, Its their call but I’d just as soon not have the case for marriage conceded. I would think that the hearts and minds of thousands of conservatives in one place, hundreds of bloggers and etc are worth fighting for.
Although I am a Catholic I have to be with Jerry Falwell on this: “I’ll preach in hell if they promise to let me out.” or if you prefer one of my favorite movie reference:
British Captain: “I understood Mr. LaFitte was in command at Barataria.”
Jean LaFitte: “If your offer is good it will stand up under fire.”
The arguments for marriage are good, they stand up under fire. We should go to CPAC and make them.
Update: Lisa Graas who I respect a lot takes the opposite view: Sarah Palin has it wrong on CPAC