Log Cabin is not letting up in its attack on HRC, the Democratic front group the gay and lesbian advocacy organization, that recently endorsed President Obama’s reelection roughly nine months ahead of the first primaries. In an e-mail to the group’s mailing list, Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper speculates as to what kind of “message” this endorsement “sends to Barack Obama”:
Feel free to take gay voters for granted. Don’t bother pushing for ENDA or DOMA repeal. There is no need to “evolve” any further on marriage. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal doesn’t even have to be certified. You’ve done enough.
We don’t think so.
Endorsements, especially from our community’s (nominally) nonpartisan advocates, should be made on the merits of the candidates. Unfortunately, HRC has a history of endorsing Democrats too soon out of blind faith. They endorsed Bill Clinton, only to have him then sign the Defense of Marriage Act. Shamefully, the endorsement remained.
Log Cabin Republicans are proud of our record of standing up for our friends and standing up to Republicans who cross the line. Can HRC say the same about Barack Obama? After this, can HRC truly represent the interests of LGBT Americans?
(Emphasis in original.) No, it doesn’t, but the president certainly thinks HRC represents gay Americans. And now that he has HRC’s endorsement, Obama will assume he’s taken care of those pesky homosexuals and can start vacuuming up their cash, with the reassurance that he doesn’t need do anything else to placate gay Democrats. No worries any more about running afoul of some of his religious supporters averse not just to state recognition of gay marriage, but to civil unions as well.
Obama has played Joe Solmonese for a fool, knowing how eager the HRC chief is to be welcomed into Democratic circles. He never played hardball with the president, making clear to the White House that there was a cost for its support. Joe left it to left-of-center gay bloggers like Pam Spaulding and Jon Aravosis to do his dirty work, principled activists who threatened to walk away from the political party with which they generally sympathize unless it moved forward on DADT repeal.
Kudos to Clarke for calling HRC out. And to Pam Spaulding who has also been unsparing in her criticism.
Clarke is doing what none of his predecessors have done, taking on HRC, but then again, he’s the first LCR ED to serve when there was a rival gay conservative group. And a new media giving voice to gay criticism of HRC — and not just from gay conservatives.