If there is a Log Cabin/GOProud division among gay Republicans and conservatives, this blog clearly falls on the side of the newer group, in large part because we have doubted the commitment of the older organization to the Republican Party and its Reaganite principles — and because we have seen its leadership (at least prior to 2007) more committed to currying favor with the left-leaning gay groups in DC than in building with Republican-leaning organizations across the country. And because we know (and like) the leaders of GOProud. They’re swell guys.
That said, from following Log Cabin’s Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper’s posts on Facebook, it’s clear he is doing what all but his most recent predecessor have done, reaching out to build bridges to the GOP by identifying issues of common concern, namely economic ones.
Today, he linked a fundraiser benefitting the RNC. He has also recently heralded Jeb Bush’s endorsement of Mitt Romney and that candidate’s victory in Illinois.
From those of us who attempted to work with Log Cabin in the 1990s and observed its operations in the first few years of this century, Cooper’s statements represent a step in the right direction. It’s nice not to have to cringe when you’re reading a Log Cabin press release. And nice to see, as it now appears, that Log Cabin has a leader who recognizes that a conservative economic message is the key to uniting Republicans this year.