Rather than expand on what Scott has to say, I’ll just comment briefly on the Govenor’s presence. Â He seemed almost Reaganesque when he spoke, yet when he sat down for what he called an Oprah-style question-and-answer session with Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon, he seemed less in his element.Â
Hearing John Bolton, especially the facility with which he handled the questions and the deep knowledge he showed of world affairs and the politics of other nations in his responses, convinced me ever more that he would make a first-rate Secretary of State. Â
The Governor talked a lot about “post-partisanship” and made clear his strong support for John McCain, even his commitment to victory in Iraq (though the Governor did not use that word), he also said opposes the marriage initiative that social conservatives are trying to put on the state ballot this fall.
It’s a half-hour into the townhall meeting where members are supposed to offer their input, but we still have not been allowed to speak. Â Patrick is now defending Log Cabin’s decision to run ads attacking Mitt Romney last fall in the GOP presidential contest. Â
What further comments I have on this meeting, I’ll include below the “jump:”
Patrick says Log Cabin doesn’t have an position on abortion and seems to suggest Log Cabin’s ads helped secure Romney’s slide in the polls. Â He contends that the group could not have supported Romney had he been the nominee.
Patrick just said he’s happy with the current GOP presidential nominee.
A number of people have spoken out, agreeing with my position, wondering why Log Cabin ran ads attacking a Republican candidate. Â Seems it’s not just gay Republicans who refuse to join Log Cabin who support us.
Says it would be stupid to Log Cabin to take a position on abortion. Â Kudos to that. Â A lot different from my time in Log Cabin when the Board helped defeat a resolution asking that the organization remain neutral on the issue.
Patrick just boasted that McCain won’t have Dobson on speed dial. Â Does seem Log Cabin is still overly focused on beating up on the religious right rather than working with social conservatives as part of a Big Tent. Â He did say that he favored McCain because the Arizona Senator has long been fighting against earmarks.
Seems my “tea leaf” reading has been accurate with Patrick strongly indicating that he will be supporting McCain, saying “we’re very excited that Senator McCain is the nominee of our party.”
I’m now weighing whether I need to weigh in at this point, given that no person has yet said Log Cabin should refrain from endorsing our party’s nominee.
Sitting next to someone who just told me he, like me, also opposes Hate Crimes Laws ENDA. Nice to meet a fellow small “l” libertarian at a Log Cabin event. Too bad he doesn’t have a blog I can link.
Kudos to Patrick for talking about foreign policy and persecution of gays in Islamic lands. Is this the first time the head of a gay organization has said as much at his group’s national confab?
Seems he recognizes how Republican national security policies benefit gay people around the world. Something we’ve been talking about for quite some time. It is telling that the first gay leader who recognizes this is a Republican.
(LATER ADDENDUM: Look, it’s entirely possible that the head of some gay organization did speak out against Islamofascism and its impact on gays. I just haven’t heard it and it hasn’t been reported in the news-sites and blogs I read.)
If it turns out this is the case, I think this is a bigger takeaway from the convention than Governor Schwarzenegger coming out against the California Marriage Initiative.
Now, Patrick is taking on (Bill) Clinton for giving us Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell (DADT) and doing nothing to amend the policy while he was in the White House. And faults Barack Obama’s for saying he’ll only appoint generals to the Joint Chiefs of Staff who does not favor repealing this pernicious measure. Patrick says generals follow orders, issue is how well they’ll defend our freedom.
Enthusiastic applause for veterans in the room.
Acknowledges that McCain isn’t where we’d like him to be. Says Federal Marriage Amendment is the biggest issue, “it’s significant that the nominee of our party is on the same page with us on this issue.” But, has also noted that McCain supported Arizona’s marriage initiative which would not only have prevented the Grand Canyon State from recognizing same-sex marriage, but also from recognizing same-sex domestic partnerships as well.
Hillary in Senate for 8 years, he says, what has she done to repeal DADT.
One person does seem to oppose endorsement largely because of McCain’s stand on DADT.
Someone asks if we endorse McCain point-blank, are we selling out the gay community? Suggests qualified endorsement, saying Log Cabin recognizes it must work to keep educating him on some issues. Silly idea in my view. Instead, Log Cabin need saying in statement that endorsement doesn’t mean we agree with him on all issues. In the endorsement, they need keep brief areas of disagreement.
One guy just rose saying key question is whether Log Cabin is gay organization or a Republican organization. Says that is one of the group’s strengths.
Next speaker, says if we do endorse, we should do so wholeheartedly.
Another one says if Log Cabin endorses, it should do so soon.
A participant from California says the positives of endorsing McCain are greater than the negatives.
Skeptical comment in the form of a question: What can the endorsement do for us?
Show of hands on endorsement. It’s unanimous, all in favor, none opposed (as least from my vantage point), but no one asked for people who are on the fence.
They never called on me even though I raised my hand. Probably because I’m sitting in the back of the room to be near a power outlet.