In just a few hours, I will be heading to a meeting of Log Cabin of Los Angeles with something I usually don’t bring to such gatherings. My checkbook. For at this meeting, I intend to do something I haven’t done in at least five, possibly six, years, join Log Cabin.
Now that the man who supported the group’s decision not to endorse his party’s nominee in the 2004 presidential election, who attacked that nominee after claiming to remain neutral in the race and who even refused to indicate whom he had voted for after that good man had won a decisive reelection, has stepped down as head of the organization, I am joining in the hope that the group’s new leadership will spend more time building bridges to the party whose very name is in the organization’s name and less time trying to get along with the left-leaning gay groups.
Over the course of the two-years that I have been blogging, I have delivered a largely mixed report on Log Cabin. Even if it meant delaying my bedtime, I have made sure to post items showing the group in a good light, most recently praising interim leader Patrick Sammon for condemning “outing” in his statement on the Foley affair.
My greatest criticism of immediate past Log Cabin Executive Director Patrick Guerriero has been his dedication to improving Log Cabin’s “standing among liberal national gay rights groups.” This commitment seemed odd given how frequently these groups criticized President Bush and the GOP — and how regularly they allied themselves with a variety of left-wing organizations.
I understand it’s no easy task to lead the Log Cabin Republicans. A prominent gay Republican who lives in DC described the job as “thankless.” That said, the new leader must reach out, not to gay organizations (though he (or she) should be cordial to their leaders), but to broad-minded elected Republicans and to those in think tanks — and advocacy organizations — concerned about the GOP’s departure from its Reaganite principles.
The new leader of Log Cabin needs to do what House Republicans did in 1994, that is, make clear where his organization stands on the key issues of the day. To show that they are committed Republicans, Log Cabin leaders should forward an agenda, not limited to gay issues, indeed, an agenda that focuses on conservative ones, supporting the President in the War on Terror, promoting a strategy for victory in Iraq, cutting the size and scope of the federal government, supporting judicial restraint and above all, returning to rhetoric which has defined the GOP since its inception 160 years ago — stressing that freedom is the motivating for our involvement in politics and the goal of a truly republican government.
It is in the hope that as Log Cabin’s new leadership will return to these noble principles that I will be rejoining the organization tonight.
– B. Daniel Blatt (GayPatriotWest@aol.com)