As I worked on my post faulting Log Cabin for bending over backwards not to offend the gay groups, most of which have left-of-center leanings, I kept coming across information, mostly on Log Cabin’s own web-site, which confirmed many of my suspicions about the organization. More often than not, I came across statements where the organization took issue with the President or conditioned its praise of his statements or initiatives. They seemed almost as reluctant as HRC to confront Democrats.
Given the length of my post, I wanted to highlight (in a briefer post) the most troubling of LCR President Patrick Guerriero‘s statements and juxtapose it with a Log Cabin statement (also cited in the post) released fewer than three weeks before last fall’s election.
Patrick considers it a firing offense for an employee to “speak ill of another LGBT group” even as his organization took gratuitous swipes at his own party’s presidential nominee (and his closest political advisor) in that statement ostensibly faulting the opposing party’s nominee for politicizing the sexuality of the Vice-President’s daughter. We can argue on the merits of Log Cabin’s non-endorsement of the president last fall. Indeed, North Dallas Thirty, who usually agrees with me, thinks Log Cabin did the right thing.
But, Log Cabin went beyond professing neutrality in the presidential race and actively criticized President Bush and Karl Rove, his top political aide and campaign strategist. On CNN, Patrick “lashe[d] out” at the president. Of the 115 words in the text of LCR’s statement on Senator Kerry’s Comments Regarding Mary Cheney, 45 took issue with that Democratic nominee’s comments (and those of his running mate) while 54 faulted the Republican team. The remainder were devoted to delivering a message to “both campaigns.” (Shouldn’t that be the job of the officially “bipartisan” Human Rights Campaign?)
An organization whose president considers it a firing offense to take issue with another gay group devotes more space in a statement ostensibly faulting the opposing party’s nominee to attacking its own party. Not only that. LCR said Senator Kerry’s comments “shouldn’t distract” them from finding fault with the president’s campaign. With those words, LCR leaders made clear that their real issue last fall was reminding Americans of their distaste for the incumbent Republican Administration. If their non-endorsement was merely that a non-endorsement and not a slap at their own party, then they would have faulted Senator Kerry without similarly faulting the president.
This supposedly Republican group, however, wouldn’t let a Democrat’s pandering get in the way of their speaking ill of their own party’s nominee. Perhaps, Log Cabin leaders feared that if they had merely faulted Senator Kerry (without linking that to criticism of the president), they might lose the favor they had gained with the Bush-bashing gay leadership. The very organization which considers it a firing offense to “speak ill” of other LGBT groups went out of its way last fall to speak ill of its own party’s nominee for the highest office in the land.