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Log Cabin Launches Another TV Ad Campaign Attacking a Republican

Early today, I received a press release from Log Cabin announcing their TV Ad Campaign supposedly setting “the Record Straight About Mitt Romney.” Their press strategy has succeeded, with Yahoo! listing the AP article on the campaign in the news headlines on its homepage.

No wonder Log Cabin’s media strategy has been successful. The MSM loves stories of Republican infighting. Just look a their headline: GOP group targets Romney in new TV ad. It would be nice, given the ostensibly Repubilcan group’s new leadership, if it could find another way to garner headlines besides attacking fellow Republicans.

The ad highlights comments the former Massachusetts Governor made thirteen years ago in his unsuccessful bid to defeat Senator Kennedy. Interestingly, while the ad mentions that Romney once supported “abortion rights,” the “ad is silent on Romney’s views of homosexuality.

Why would Log Cabin choose to run an ad faulting Romney for having “record fighting the religious right …a pro-choice record…“? And the group makes no mention that Romney has been running radio ads “casting himself as the only major GOP candidate backing a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.” Had Log Cabin highlighted that in its ad, I might better understand–and would likely support–their media campaign.

Instead of focusing on Romney’s support for this awful amendment, LCR President Patrick Sammon faults Romney for his “flip-flops” on such issues as “taxes, immigration, education, gay rights, gun ownership, stem cell research, abortion, campaign finance reform, or other key issues.” The Romney campaign responded to the ad’s reference to abortion, with spokesman Kevin Madden said, “like many other Republicans including Ronald Reagan, [his candidate] wasn’t always pro-life.”

According to BoifromTroy, the Log Cabin leader claims “The goal of the ad is to undercut Romney’s standing with social conservatives.” And while Boi finds this ad smacks of strategies used by Democrats and their allies to undercut Republicans, at least “this ad clearly discloses who is behind it.

While it’s nice that Log Cabin is not trying to hide its attempt to bring down this Republican, it’s unfortunate that, even under new leadership, Log Cabin is still pursuing the same tired old media strategy–getting headlines by attacking fellow Republicans. It would be nice if they could develop a strategy to change the GOP from within while publicly working to elect Republican candidates and to promote conservative ideas.

And anyway, when was the last time this supposedly Republican group got headlines for taking on a Democrat?*

I don’t see how this ad helps Log Cabin, except to get them some attention in the media.

Mitt is not my man for 2008. But, he will be should he win my party’s nomination. I don’t like some of his stands, particularly his support of a gratuitous constitutional amendment defining marriage and am not comfortable with his apparent opportunism. But, he does have a record of leadership in the public and private sectors and does understand the stakes in the War on Terror, qualities lacking in all the opposing party’s leading candidates.

Let us hope that Log Cabin’s new leadership understands the imperatives of defeating whichever of those candidates the Democrats choose to nominate next fall.


*I would be delighted to update this post with any examples readers can come up with.



  1. I do not understand what is with the Log Cabin? I agree that we should not attack our own party candidates. I feel the Log Cabin Republicans would better serve the gay community by exposing the Democratic Candidates flip flop stances, especially on gay issues.

    Comment by Chad — October 4, 2007 @ 9:24 pm - October 4, 2007

  2. Log Cabin’s ad doesn’t even deal with gay issues? It has to do with abortion?

    They’re blowing what little capital or credibility they might still have in the GOP over… abortion?????????????

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 4, 2007 @ 9:51 pm - October 4, 2007

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  4. I agree totally that the Dinosaur, Drive-By, Mainstream Media just loves these infightings within the Republican party. Are there any articles or televison stories on Sen. Joe Lieberman no-longer being a Democrat? Of course not. But, this is why the Log Cabins are not credible within the GOP. If they want to advance their agenda, which from what I can tell is not much different from the socialist Democrat agenda, they should be SUPPORTING a GOP candidate and tout those virtues. Assaulting a potential nominee and probably not supporting that nominee, should it be Mr. Romney, gets this group no credibility whthin the GOP nor in the DDBMSM. Only when they slam fellow Republicans do they get the publicity they do not deserve. I guess they would not want to take up the offer to agree to disagree on some issues but to pursue those we who are conservative Republicans can agree on. Like fighting the real enemy, the Islamofacsists!

    Comment by Mark J. Goluskin — October 5, 2007 @ 12:44 am - October 5, 2007

  5. Socialist??? How do you arrive at this viewpoint? The LCR website?

    Log Cabin’s positions on these issues are based on the Republican principles our organization represents: limited government, a strong national defense, low taxes, personal responsibility, individual freedom, and equality.

    Yup, sounds like socialism to me…

    Now, granted they could say on thing and do another, but, please, in that case, indicate to me the socialist positions which they have taken.

    Comment by PSUdain — October 5, 2007 @ 2:38 am - October 5, 2007

  6. and does understand the stakes in the War on Terror

    I’m not certain that he does. My impression of Romney thus far is that of a used car salesman. He says most of the right things, but I’m never convinced hes sincere about any of it.

    I dont think Romney has the balls to do the right thing when its also the unpopular thing.

    Comment by American Elephant — October 5, 2007 @ 6:51 am - October 5, 2007

  7. PSUDain, if LCR really believed in those values, it wouldn’t be helping the Democrats, who, as a party, are opposed to limited government, a strong national defense, low taxes, personal responsibility, individual freedom, and equality.

    Comment by V the K — October 5, 2007 @ 8:36 am - October 5, 2007

  8. Hey, maybe the LCR has hired KarlRove (now that he’s finally free to come out of the closet and admit his true sexual identity –I learned that on MyDD) and these ads are intended to help out Rudy by slamming Mitt. It’s pure Rovian. Rudy gets helped by slamming NH and Iowa frontrunner Romney.

    Yeah, that slick Rove just can’t keep his hand out of the cookie jar for even one election.

    LCR needs to drop the R, drop the allusion to Lincoln in “Log Cabin” and come out of the closet themselves… they are marginal Democrats looking to remake reality. Patrick should be keel-hauled for continuing to violate RR’s 11th commandment: Speak no ill of fellow Republicans.

    Patrick’s been drinking one too many pink Cosmo over at the HRC.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 5, 2007 @ 11:21 am - October 5, 2007

  9. That’s the problem with LCR. At the National level. They say they’re for positive Republican principles, but their every boneheaded move is (1) always to undermine Republicans, (2) never to promote those principles to gays, or in the world.

    Social Security privatization is a perfect example of a *gay* issue, where LCR ought to have taken the lead in straightening out (so to speak) the rest of the gay community. You can probably find a statement in favor of it, somewhere on their Web site. But who ever visits that, except LCR members? Meanwhile, LCR National spends ad money (we don’t know from where) on…. abortion?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 5, 2007 @ 11:23 am - October 5, 2007

  10. AE writes: “I dont think Romney has the balls to do the right thing when its also the unpopular thing.”

    Wow, didn’t MittRomney call for additional natl security measures? Didn’t MittRomney say the surge was working? Didn’t MittRomney call for expanding GitMo?

    Not exactly popular positions even inside the GOP.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 5, 2007 @ 11:24 am - October 5, 2007

  11. (my #9 referring to #7 and earlier)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 5, 2007 @ 11:25 am - October 5, 2007

  12. What Romney calls for and what he will do have the possibility to be entirely different things, which was (I think) the point that AE was making.

    And as far as not being Republican, MM, who put you in charge of officially divining who is and is not a Republican? I hardly think they’re marginal Dems, since it would be far easier (in so many ways) to then just say you’re a Dem.

    I also fail to see how criticizing Romney constitues helping Democrats. If that’s the case, then every other candidate who has debated him and criticized him should be excoriated in a similar manner. And Romney should be slammed for doing the same thing to the other candidates.

    And if we are never to criticize Republicans, how is the party going to change? Many of you are often critical. Or do you just mean, “Don’t criticize Republicans unless it’s about the same thing I criticize them for.”

    Comment by PSUdain — October 5, 2007 @ 11:39 am - October 5, 2007

  13. Ah, yes….more GOP bridge-burning before we even get to the National convention. Shouldn’t the LCR be bridge-building at the National-level, not flinging burning torches on dry timbers?

    And what happened to lower taxes, less government and governmental-influence, and greater personal freedoms?

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — October 5, 2007 @ 12:54 pm - October 5, 2007

  14. Bridge burning? With Romney? HE torched that bridge LONG ago.

    If anything, I’d call it trial by fire. Whoever gets the nomination is going to have to survive a brutal series of primaries. I don’t see one candidate winning enough votes, and the convention might mean something for a change.

    I want a candidate that will be able to survive the assault from the Clinton cabal. That takes someone who will give honest, direct answers. Someone with balls. Point just ONE of those people out. It sure as hell isn’t Romney.

    Comment by GOPValues — October 8, 2007 @ 11:42 pm - October 8, 2007

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