Here’s the only evidence you need to see that the institutions of conservatism have been thoroughly poisoned to lethal effect. CPAC has committed suicide: Milo Yiannopoulos has reportedly been selected as a keynote speaker at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference.

First, note that this was first picked up by The Hollywood Reporter, which sails the rich seas of showbiz publicists and gossip.

Yiannopoulos told The Hollywood Reporter his CPAC presentation will focus on his “experiences in America battling feminists, Black Lives Matter, the media, professors and the entertainment industry.

Milo wouldn’t bring this news to National Review, or The Weekly Standard, or (God forbid) the New York Times. That’s because those organizations would react with a mixture of disbelief, laughter and physical nausea. He went straight to the center of his heart, which is self-promotion and fame.

This is what CPAC has come to. It’s no longer a force for political change or philosophical leadership in what “conservative” means. It’s now raw entertainment.