Log Cabin still doesn’t get it. In an e-mail sent out last week (full text below the jump), they attempt a new kind of fusion, welding core Republican principles to the gay organization’s elusive quest for equality. Not once in their e-mail do they mention the animating ahead behind GOP victories in 2010 (and 1994 and 1980 & 1984 as well as 1860 & 1864): liberty. Heck, they even call their 501 (c)(3) the Liberty Education Forum.
Well, Chris Barron of GOProud does now how to talk Republican and is unafraid to discuss gay issues in a manner not pre-approved by HRC, NGLTF and Barney Frank. And it was GOProud who promoted the stat that 31% of gay people voted Republican last week.
Unlike Log Cabin in 1995, they didn’t wait until six months after the House approved the Contract with America to endorse the party’s reforming agenda. While they have not endorsed the GOP’s “Pledge to America,” they have made clear (as Chris did on CNN), that they support its underlying principles.
I would argue that because ideas similar to those in that pledge defined the GOP’s fall campaign, the party did so well, well, did so well east of the California Coastal Ranges. The party, by and large, ignored gay issues and captured a majority of the popular vote — not to mention one-third of the gay vote.
Because GOProud’s Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia know how to talk Republican — and have done so in public fora — they should find doors in Republican offices opening more readily to them. If the leaders of HRC and NGLTF want access to the offices of the majority leaders on the House side of the Capitol, they’d do well to learn how to talk to Chris and Jimmy.
Log Cabin letter:
|Dear B. Daniel Blatt,|
Log Cabin Republicans Welcome New Republican Majority
(Washington, DC) – Log Cabin Republicans congratulate victorious Republicans nationwide after Tuesday’s midterm election. Of particular note are the twelve winners in the House of Representatives endorsed by Log Cabin Republicans for their commitment to core Republican principles and equality for all Americans.
“The American people have voted in favor of new and pragmatic leadership in Washington and in state houses throughout the country,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director. “Log Cabin Republicans are proud to have helped usher in a 112th Congress charged with enabling economic growth and restraining runaway government spending. We look forward to working with new and returning Republican allies to remove any barriers to equal employment access and job growth. We will also work to secure tax reform which will benefit Americans’ personal budgets while stimulating market growth.”
“As House Republican leader John Boehner has said, ‘We’ve got a big job ahead of us. That’s why you will see us roll up our sleeves and get to work today.’”
The Log Cabin Republicans are proud to have endorsed the following victorious candidates: Charlie Bass (NH-2), Bob Dold (IL-10), Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08), Nan Hayworth (NY-19), and Richard Hanna (NY-24).
Endorsed Log Cabin allies who will be returning to Congress include: Judy Biggert (IL-13), Mary Bono Mack (CA-45), Charlie Dent (PA-15), Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Todd Platts (PA-19), Dave Reichert (WA-08) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18).