Perhaps current Log Cabin Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper’s background in Republican politics will serve to save the organization. Before helming the ostensibly Republican organization, he served in the George W. Bush Administration. Unlike all previous heads of the organization, he had actual experience working with Republicans outside Massachusetts. He at least has experience working with more mainstream Republicans.
Alas that most heads of gay conservative organizations, particularly Log Cabin, have had little background in the conservative movement. The Bay State (until recently) was hardly a hotbed of small-government activism (well, at least not in the Twentieth Century).
Well, despite the “pro-equality” rhetoric in its releases and on its web-page, in recent days, Log Cabin has been sounding a lot more Reaganite than it had under its first two executive directors. In a largely anodyne release on CPAC, the organization did at least celebrate conservatism. Then, on Monday, Cooper showed his teeth, lambasting the president for his spendthrift budget:
Our nation is at a breaking point and the president’s budget proposal simply isn’t a serious response to the challenges facing our country today. . . . The American people are facing a Federal debt of over $14 trillion dollars, and the President needs to join with Congress to make significant cuts. His proposal adds $8.7 trillion in new spending over the next decade—that’s not just irresponsible, that’s reckless. Americans are tightening their belts and making difficult decisions, and it is time that our government does the same by addressing the real problems dragging down our economy – overblown entitlements, wasteful government spending and a tax code that stifles small businesses and innovation. Republicans in the United States House of Representatives, led by Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, have taken the first step at addressing this crisis by cutting $100 billion this year. Ryan’s proposal is a great first step, but if we are serious about getting our house in order, there’s more we all need to do.
Whoah, sounds a lot like your humble blogger! Nice to see a Log Cabin leader issuing releases on issues other than gay ones and showing his commitment to core conservative principles.
Perhaps, GOProud’s prominence pushed Cooper to speak out on such issues. Whatever the case, it’s welcome sign that Log Cabin leaders are becoming more outspoken on issues of concern to all conservatives.