In an e-mail entitled, “So, how do you really feel about Homocon?”, a reader wrote,
You’ve expressed a dislike of Ann Coulter’s writing or her style of thought, in the past. So have I. When I heard she was headlining, I wasn’t inspired to buy a plane ticket to New York.
He’s right. I have criticized Miss Coulter in the past, but have, in recent months, reconsidered my previous criticism of the outspoken columnist.
In my response, I wrote,
I think Homocon was a clever publicity stunt. And it worked brilliantly, giving GOProud mega media coverage, something Log Cabin only got (in its early days) when it attacked the party it claimed to support.
And that in short, is why I think Homocon was a stroke of political genius. In the 1990s and through 2004 (at least), all too many gay Republicans, even when concerned about social conservative influence over the party, cringed whenever we saw Log Cabin garnering headlines, for those headlines were invariably related to the organization’s broadsides against the party it ostensibly supported.
Like Gloria Allred, they did know how to play the media.
This time, we see a gay conservative group gaining headlines by reaching out to a controversial conservative columnist. We may not always agree with what she has to say, but we do share the general thrust of her arguments.
So, kudos to Chris Barron for a clever strategy — and a job well done.