In my recent posts on Log Cabin, I’ve taken some flak for criticizing the organization. At the heart of my case against this ostensibly Republican organization is that in the past few years, it has, as I put it in my last post on the group, been “at pains to make itself indistinguishable from the gay left.” One of our critics has a different view, noting that everything he gets “from the national office of LCR is very Republican.” But, one thing Republican organizations do is criticize Democrats and others on the Left, particularly those who attack the GOP, its policies and supporters.
And Log Cabin doesn’t do much of that. To be sure, I have praised Patrick Guerriero on a rare occasion when he took gay groups to task for their ideological rigidity. Last fall, he chastised them for applying an “ideological ‘litmus test’” on then-Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito, Jr. But, more often than not Log Cabin bypasses opportunities to criticize Democrats and the gay left.
So, in today’s open thread, we’re inviting you to provide links to articles or releases where Log Cabin national has criticized Democrats — or others on the Left. You may include such links in the comments below or in an e-mail to me. After verifying the link, I will add it to this post as an update. (Please note that given an obligation today, I may not be able to check your links until late evening Pacific time.)
To qualify for inclusion in the body of this post, such criticism must be from Patrick Guerriero’s term as head of Log Cabin and be exclusively of Democrats (or others on the Left), that is, it may not as Log Cabin’s Statement on Senator Kerry’s Comments Regarding Mary Cheney also include criticism of Republicans. I mean, what other partisan organization goes around saying the other side may be bad, but our side’s just as bad?
UPDATE: Well, it seems AverageGayJoe was right when he speculated that this post would yield “an empty thread.” As I was organizing an event all day, I barely had time to check this (or any) blog. When I got back, I found that while there were some interesting exchanges in the comments, no one provided a link to an article or release where Log Cabin criticized Democrats — or anyone on the left for that matter.
I don’t think we would have much trouble if we solicited links to pieces where Stonewall Democrats criticized Republicans.
That said, former Log Cabin Political Director Chris Barron e-mailed me two releases from his tenure at the organization. Neither quite fits the criteria for this post as both include criticism of the president. That said, each offers some choice passages taking issue with then-Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry and merits acknowledgment here. I should also note Log Cabin issued both these releases before Bruce launched this blog in September 2004.
On February 26, 2004, two days after the president endorsed the Federal Marriage Amendment, Log Cabin noted that by favoring a constitutional amendment in Massachusetts banning gay marriage, Kerry was beginning “his own journey down a trail of ‘broken promises.’” Patrick Guerriero noted, “Whether it’s taxes, trade policy, the war on terror, or amending Constitutions to discriminate against gay and lesbian families, John Kerry’s positions change more often than the Massachusetts weather.”
Six months later, Patrick noted that Kerry’s indication of support for an amendment in Missouri banning gay marriage amounted to “another example of a Kerry flip-flop.” Chris added that Kerry’s message to gay Americans “seems pretty clear; Senator Kerry will support discriminatory amendments when it becomes politically expedient.”
To be sure, in each of these releases, Log Cabin’s criticism of President Bush was somewhat muted. But, at least they took a flip-flopping, pandering Democrat to task. It’s too bad they didn’t do that more often in the final stretch of the 2004 campaign.