Every now and again, I get e-mails from readers asking if I agree with a post one of my co-bloggers has written. Usually (but not always), I agree with what Bruce and Nick have to say, though sometimes I share their conclusions while questioning their tone.
A couple of readers asked me for my thoughts on Bruce’s recent posts on Log Cabin. I agree that the Log Cabin of LA “tea bag” stunt was in poor taste. While aware of it before Bruce blogged on it, I doubt I would have posted on it myself. Yet, the more I think about the issue, the more I realize how right Bruce was to publicize this stunt — and criticize the LA group for staging it.
And here is why.
Ever since Log Cabin leapt onto the national (media) stage in 1992, the organization has taken for granted its loyalty to the GOP. To be sure, those in the media portray them as loyal Republicans. But, that is not how rank-and-file Republicans see them. When, I, in 1997, founded the Log Cabin Republican Club of Northern Virginia, I found we had to prove our commitment to the party to convince our fellow partisans that we weren’t just using the label “Republican” as a means to gain access to the media and so use that platform to attack our fellow Republicans. A Trojan horse as it were.
Republican leaders and activists in Northern Virginia were aware that the organization had refused to back George H.W. Bush’s re-election in 1992 and that the then-executive director repeatedly criticized Republicans in the news media.
What we saw in the 1990s continued into the 2000s.
Given the organization’s history, with past leaders badmouthing the GOP to the media and the organization very publicly refusing to endorse George W. Bush in 2004 (while muting their criticism of his Democratic opponent), Log Cabin today needs to do more to show its commitment to the GOP. Engaging in stunts which ally them more closely with the conservative-hating talking heads on MSNBC will not help them accomplish that goal.
One of the reasons I’ve been proud to support GOProud is that they have been making an effort to speak out not just on gay issues but on issues of concern to conservatives, very often showing how conservative policies benefit gay people.
Stunts like the tea bag toss will do little to ease concerns rank-and-file Republicans have about Log Cabin’s purpose. And serve to strengthen the case for GOProud.