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The changing blog (and some LCR news)

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 6:32 pm - June 3, 2014.
Filed under: Blogging,Gay Politics,Log Cabin Republicans

Recently, Log Cabin Republicans were denied a booth at the Texas GOP convention. I’ve debated with myself (a little) if I should even mention it.

Why the disinterest? As longtime readers know, GP is a group blog. Bruce and Dan are Republicans; and more than that, Republicans who have had past dealings with LCR. One of them might want to cover this topic. But they seem to be busy these days. Posts lately have been written mainly by V the K (who has been awesome! – if a little incendiary at times 😉 ), and to a lesser extent by me.

And I have been an Independent for years. I believe V is too. In other words, as committed non-Republicans (presently doing the posts), we may often just not care about LCR-related news. The more so because, over the years and at the national level, LCR has so often abandoned the conservative and/or small-government principles that we believe in.

Speaking purely for myself (and with no knowledge of whether the Texas LCR group is better than national LCR), I can hardly blame any Republican group for wanting to exclude LCR from anything, since LCR so often seem to be barely-Republicans. I believe very much in freedom of association.

But it turns out that anti-gay animus could be at work, in this case, because the Texas GOP platform claims that “homosexuality tears at the fabric of society.” And that is worthy of comment. I find it silly, for the following reasons.

First, the Texas GOP may be inadvertently serving the interests of LCR: dignifying them with controversy (thus, publicity) that they may not deserve. Second, I do think it would be much more accurate to say that -the extreme Gay Left- tears at the fabric of society, as does the Left in general.

Your thoughts?

Log Cabin: Only gay group with guts to oppose Hagel?

A few weeks ago, Bruce reported that at least one gay group was knuckling under to pressure from Washington Democrats to accept former Senator Chuck Hagel’s apology for anti-gay remarks he made in 1998.  Do wonder how readily this group would have been to accept a real Republican’s change of heart.

Today, President Obama announced that he intends to appoint Mr. Hagel as Secretary of Defense.

Despite the eagerness of gay groups to approve of Mr. Obama’s appointment, “the target of the 1998 slur, leading gay philanthropist James Hormel, told” the Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent last month that

. . . he never received an apology from Hagel himself, questioned the sincerity of the apology, and said the incident should still raise questions about whether Hagel is the right man to oversee the repeal of don’t ask don’t tell.

“I have not received an apology,” Hormel, who is a major figure in Democratic politics, told me. “I thought this so-called apology, which I haven’t received, but which was made public, had the air of being a defensive move on his part.” Hormel added that the apology appeared to have been given “only in service of his attempt to get the nomination.”

Well, while most gay groups seem more interested in pleasing Mr. Obama than in standing up for gay Americans, at least one gay organization is taking issue with the Hagel appointment.  Log Cabin

. . . called former senator Chuck Hagel’s (R) apology for his past statements on gay rights “too little, too late” in a full page ad in Monday’s Washington Post.

The ad appears the same day President Obama plans to announce Hagel as his nominee for defense secretary.

The Log Cabin Republicans announced their opposition to Hagel and ran a similar ad in the New York Times last month.

(Via Jennifer Rubin.)  Kudos, Clarke Log Cabin.

UPDATE: Just learned that Clarke Cooper is no longer head of Log Cabin, thus is not responsible for this release.

“Let’s Not Get All Crazy, Now!”
OR “Bruce’s Rebuttal to Dan’s Log Cabin Post”

Dan wrote a post the other day reminding our readers that while he is the mainstay of content here at the blog, I have become “the Twitter guy.” He also underscored and that we are two different people though we agree a lot.

Today, we disagree!

I appreciate Dan’s enthusiasm with the Mitt Romney “qualified” endorsement by Log Cabin Republicans, but I’d like to throw some very cold water onto the parade and express my own views.

First, as always, I fully disclose that I am a founding board member of GOProud — a national organization of gay and straight Americans seeking to promote freedom by supporting free markets, limited government, and a respect for individual rights.

I supported the creation of GOProud specifically because Log Cabin Republicans had become a spokestool of the Gay Left. I’m glad that some are excited by their more recent move to embrace Republican candidates, but that hardly makes LCR a “conservative group.”

To the contrary, from the moment this blog was founded in 2004, I have documented the close ties that Log Cabin Republicans had, and still maintains, with Tim Gill — an ultra-left wing progressive activists whose Gill Foundation is a documented recipient of grants from George Soros.

So while I appreciate Dan’s nostalgia for the ideal of wanting Log Cabin Republicans to be what he and I hoped it would be — the fact remains it is not.

This endorsement of Mitt Romney is about as useful as handleless screwdriver. Sure looks like it will do the job, but you will never get anything done. That’s what Log Cabin promised in their “endorsement” — nothing. No action. Nada. Zip. Sitting on hands. Kaput. Zero.

In fact, the truth is at least one Log Cabin Board Member was threatening to quit if Log Cabin even brought the Romney vote to the board. Further, two local Log Cabin chapters urged their national board NOT to endorse Romney.

So while Dan has an affinity with Clarke Cooper that I don’t understand, the Log Cabin board are still bought and paid for shills of Tim Gill.

This is how Log Cabin’s “qualified endorsement” is being reported by the Associated Press.

A lengthy explanation released by Log Cabin Republicans under the banner “We Are Americans First” was part endorsement, part rebuke to a Republican Party whose standard-bearers the group said “appear to be caught up in an outdated culture war.” The group argued that Americans of all sexual orientations have suffered financially under President Barack Obama, and while Romney may not share all of their views, he could be worse.

“Mitt Romney is not Rick Santorum, and Paul Ryan is not Michele Bachmann. Otherwise, our decision would have been different,” the group said.

Damn. With friends like this, who needs enemies? Also, Log Cabin went out of its way to say it will not lift a finger to assist electing Mitt Romney. So what’s the point?

Far from reaching across differences to align with the conservative movement to defeat Barack Obama, Log Cabin has merely re-ignited the culture war meme that they claim they abhor. Hypocrites.

Let’s cut to the chase, the Log Cabin endorsement of Romney might as well be three words: I Love Lamp.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Log Cabin endorses Mitt Romney

For this blogger, it has, in a way, come full circle.  I wouldn’t be blogging here if, in 2004, the then-leadership of Log Cabin hadn’t made a spectacle of itself in very publicly not endorsing George W. Bush.

Either Polipundit or Instapundit, two of the blogs I read back then linked some blog telling Log Cabin to stick for not endorsing W.  I followed the link and discovered GayPatriot, e-mailing the blogger and telling him that he was right.  Soon, Bruce asked me to join the blog.  I never thought I would devote as much time to it as I do today.

And today, Log Cabin announced that they were endorsing Mitt Romney for President of the United States:

“The decision to endorse is the right one for our members, our community, and for the nation as a whole,” said Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director, R. Clarke Cooper. “Despite our disagreement with Governor Romney on the issue of marriage, on balance it is clear that in today’s economic climate, concern for the future of our country must be the highest priority. We are Republicans, and we agree with Governor Romney’s vision for America in which success is a virtue, equal opportunity is ensured, and leaders recognize that it is the American people, not government, that build our nation and fuel its prosperity. (more…)

Gay Republican and Conservative Groups Embrace Ryan Selection

Back in the 1990s, nearly a full year lapsed between Republican Congressman and candidates signing the Contract with America and Log Cabin endorsing that document promising government reform.  The prominence Republicans gave to the Contract returning its focus to real reform and fiscal responsibility.  Having gained such prominence from attacking the GOP in 1992, the then-leadership of the ostensibly Republican organization was wary of embracing the GOP, even when it was not focusing on social issues.

How thing have changed.  Two days after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced his selection of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, the current Executive Director of Log Cabin, wrote in the Daily Caller that

Congressman Paul Ryan is a strong choice for vice president, and his addition to the GOP ticket will help Republican candidates up and down the ballot. As chairman of the House Budget Committee and author of the Republican “Path to Prosperity,” nobody is more qualified to articulate a conservative economic vision to restore the American economy and stimulate job creation.

Unfortunately, Cooper used his opinion piece to make the case for statist legislation, but the fact remains that he has openly embraced the “conservative economic vision” that Ryan has promoted.  He even indicated on Facebook that he “liked” Paul Ryan for VP:

Clarke’s willingness to champion Republican politicians like Ryan and real conservative reforms has served to distinguish him from some of his predecessors. And Clarke is not the only right-of-center gay leader to herald Romney’s pick. Shortly after the Republican announced his choice, GOProud’s Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia called Ryan “a bold and inspired pick“: (more…)

We have freedom to marry, we lack* state recognition of our unions

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:30 am - July 12, 2012.
Filed under: Freedom,Gay Marriage,Log Cabin Republicans

In his statement praising presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s “Inclusive Tone” yesterday at the NAACP Convention, Log Cabin Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper added that “it is unfortunate that he countered his outreach to gay and lesbian Americans with a gratuitous attack on the freedom to marry.

He did?

All he said about marriage was simply this, “As President, I will promote strong families – and I will defend traditional marriage.”  He never said he would deny individuals the freedom to form couples and define their unions as marriages.

Now, this is not to say I join Mr. Romney in supporting a federal constitutional amendment allowing states to recognize only traditional marriages as such. I don’t; I oppose this change to our national charter.

Clarke’s statement, however, suggests that marriage doesn’t exist in the absence of state recognition. To the contrary, marriage has existed as institution long before governments recognized it.  And many marriages exist today without the benefit of state sanction.

The issue in the marriage debates is not whether gay couples are free to marry, but whether the state should recognize their unions and grant them the same benefits they offer to straight couples.

Freedom doesn’t come from the state, but the state can limit its exercise.   (more…)

Producer of documentary on gay Republicans doesn’t get gay Republicans

Seems I’m getting a lot of my blogging tips today from Facebook.  One friend linked an article about Bravo host Andy Cohen who, even though he executive produced the documentary, Gay Republicans, doesn’t get gay Republicans:

I’m interested in why someone would support a party that doesn’t necessarily support equality for that person. And I can only assume it’s about the wallet. It’s about ‘I’m a fiscal Republican’.

. . . .

So, I can’t — I can’t understand, Chris, the idea of saying, ‘Oh well, they’re going to put more money in my bank account. Who cares if they don’t believe I can get married?’ I don’t get it.

Hey, Andy, it’s not about equality.  It’s about freedom.  And we support the GOP because we believe the best government is that which governs least.  You’d think that someone who would take the time to make a documentary about gay Republicans would take the time to understand their ideas.

FROM THE COMMENTS:  Tim in MT offers:

Only in liberal la-la land can 2 adult men go on TV and tell each other “I don’t get it!” about other people’s ideas and think they come across as thoughtful commentators… *eyeroll*


This is not Patrick Guerriero’s Log Cabin

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:38 am - June 4, 2012.
Filed under: Log Cabin Republicans

For as long as I have involved with or blogging about Log Cabin, I have encouraged its leaders to reach out to the GOP — and have largely lamented their failure to do so.

Since the organization’s current Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper requested to be my Facebook friend (and I accepted), I have been following his feed and found myself first surprised, now just pleased, to learn how often he has indicated his participation in Republican fora in the nation’s capital or voiced his support for various Republican candidates and initiatives.  He has even posted favorably about George W. Bush.

Just the other day, I caught this:

The head of Log Cabin acknowledges publicly that he likes the chairman of the Republican National Committee. This is not Patrick Guerriero’s Log Cabin. When that former Massachusetts politician headed Log Cabin in 2004, the organization not only very publicly refused to endorse the Republican presidential nominee, but Mr. Guerriero himself refused to tell reporters how he voted.

Nice to see the Log Cabin Republicans publicly supporting Republicans.

Kudos, Clarke.

Richard Grenell, gay conservatives & the GOP

in 2004, in the decision that would (indirectly) launch my blogging career, Log Cabin passed up an opportunity that Richard Grenell yesterday seized with relish–the chance to articulate the role for gay conservatives within a party whose entire agenda we do not support.

By failing to endorse George W. Bush (and making a spectacle of their non-endorsement), they failed to show their commitment to the broad principles of the GOP, particularly those relating to national security.  The organization’s leaders could have said although we disagree with President Bush on the Federal Marriage Amendment, we support his leadership in the War on Terror and share Ronald Reagan’s view that “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent traitor.

“Like many voters,” Grenell wrote yesterday in the Wall Street Journal, “I rarely agree with a candidate’s every position. I can support Mr. Romney for president but not agree with all of his stated policies.”  In 2004, Log Cabin could have well served gay conservatives by offering a similarly succinct statement supporting the reelection of George W. Bush.  In so doing, they would have made it a lot easier for skeptical (and non-doctrinaire) social conservatives to help us find welcome within the party’s ranks.

The good news is that the current executive director of Log Cabin, R. Clarke Cooper, (as did his immediate past predecessor) appears to share that view.  His rhetoric (alas!) may from time to time ape that of the gay left, but his commitment does seem to be finding a place for gay Republicans in the GOP.  (He has even used to his Facebook page to praise the man his organization once maligned — George W. Bush.)

It’s nice to see Log Cabin on the same page with Richard Grenell who, despite the Romney campaign’s awkward handling of his appointment, has shown a strong commitment to an imperfect GOP.  And has given greater voice to a notion we have been pushing at GayPatriot at least since Bruce launched the blog — and that I have promoting since I first joined Log Cabin in 1995.

GOProud, Log Cabin deliver stern warnings to Mitt Romney

What Log Cabin Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper giveth in one release on Thursday, with his strong statement on Obama’s fundraising pitch to the gay community, he taketh (partially) away in another that very day with a threatening language  directed against his own party’s presidential nominee:

Marriage equality has captured the nation’s attention, and the response to President Obama’s announcement is evidence of the tide turning in favor of equality for all. . . .

Governor Mitt Romney’s statement in opposition to not just marriage but civil unions jeopardizes his ability to win moderates, women and younger voters, especially as a large majority of Americans favor some form of relationship recognition for their LGBT friends and neighbors.

Equality for all?  What’s that mean?  It’s certainly not a conservative slogan, but one more familiar to a Mr. W. Smith.

Clarke is right to criticize Romney for his “opposition to not just marriage but civil unions”, but his tone is counterproductive.  Moderates, women and younger voters won’t vote against him because of his stand on gay marriage.  They will, however, vote against him if he makes that stand central to his campaign.  They’re not going to decide their vote exclusively on gay marriage.  He would have served himself (and the cause of his organization) better had he merely expressed disappointment with Romney’s position.

Clarke is not the only non-left gay leader to offer intemperate remarks about Romney this week.  Our pal JimmyLaSalvia, Executive Director and Co-Founder of GOProud, “With his speech at Falwell’s Liberty University, it is clear that Governor Romney’s message to Goldwater conservatives is: drop dead.”  Earlier today, Governor Romney delivered the commencement address there.

While we would rather the Republican nominee not have to make a courtesy call at Jerry Falwell U (as have all Republican candidates “in recent years“), Romney’s speech hardly amounted to a repudiation of Goldwater’s small government ideals.  Indeed, his talk barely touched upon government’s role in society, save to remind the graduating students that “Religious liberty is the first freedom in our Constitution“. He focused instead on the importance of family and faith.

And he did say, what we already know him to believe, “Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman.” He offered nothing new on social issues — and didn’t attack gay people or advocate policies anathema to libertarians. (more…)

Log Cabin rebukes Obama on gay marriage statement

R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Executive Director has not joined the heads of other D.C.-based gay organizations in praising the president for putting forward the same position yesterday as Dick Cheney offered twelve years ago:

Log Cabin Republicans appreciate that President Obama has finally come in line with leaders like Vice President Dick Cheney on this issue, but LGBT Americans are right to be angry that this calculated announcement comes too late to be of any use to the people of North Carolina, or any of the other states that have addressed this issue on his watch. This administration has manipulated LGBT families for political gain as much as anybody, and after his campaign’s ridiculous contortions to deny support for marriage equality this week he does not deserve praise for an announcement that comes a day late and a dollar short.

Some gay leaders see this move for what it is, a “calculated announcement” following “his campaign’s ridiculous contortions.”  Kudos, Clarke for your solid statment. Something’s changed at Log Cabin.  Wonder why that could be.

Log Cabin to back GOP nominee this year?

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.

Log Cabin’s Non-Inclusive Internal Affairs

For as long as I have been out and amongst gay Republicans, I have heard my partisan and philosophical peers clamoring for a conservative alternative to HRC and the other left-leaning gay groups based in our nation’s capital.

These iconoclastic gays were concerned that Log Cabin had become too cozy with these groups.  Many left the organization in the 1990s and stayed further away in the early to mid-2000s when the national board seemed more interested in securing the favor of the gay establishment than in standing for conservative principles.

This tension — between a Log Cabin board hesitant to distinguish itself from HRC et al. and (most) rank-and-file gay conservatives — came to a head in 2009 when Chris Barron laid the groundwork for GOProud.  Perhaps because of the success of this fledgling organization in attracting media attention (and financial support), Log Cabin, under Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper, started sounding increasingly Republican.

Gay conservatives and Republicans benefit wit two vibrant right-of-center gay organizations providing a free-market alternative to the various “equality” groups.

Instead, however, of allowing the tension between the two groups serve to spur each to promote more aggressively conservative ideas and demonstrate how such ideas benefit gay people, the national leadership of Log Cabin is ostracizing one of its chapters, ostensibly because the group invited GOProud’s leadership to its annual dinner:

Saying that the leadership of Log Cabin Republicans of Dallas, especially longtime chapter president Rob Schlein, have “engaged in a consistent pattern of behavior that detracts from the mission of our organization,” national Log Cabin Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper announced this week that the previous Dallas chapter has been de-chartered, and a new chapter created.

. . . .

Schlein said he believes “the Dallas chapter was kicked out after inviting [GOProud co-founders] Chris Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia to speak at our [upcoming] Grand Old Party.

Guess inclusion just don’t win when it comes to Log Cabin’s internal affairs.

Log Cabin (Republicans) Hit Job on Herman Cain

What is old is new again!  The alleged “gay Republican organization” known as Log Cabin has once again decided it is more important to tear down our candidates rather than defeat President Obama’s America-destroying agenda.

Log Cabin – a fully bought-off affliliate of the Radical Gay Left’s Tim Gill — attacked Cain after the GOP candidate appeared this morning on “The View”.

“It is unfortunate that Mr. Cain chose to divert attention away from a solid platform of greater liberty and smaller government by indulging in anti-gay rhetoric. Log Cabin Republicans sincerely hope that Herman Cain is open to hearing the evidence and changing his mind on these issues.”

Chris Barron has an awesome, and gosh…. FACTUAL…. response to this Cain smear campaign by The Professional Gays.

 Cain specifically says on The View that he hasn’t seen enough scientific evidence to prove that homosexuality isn’t a choice and he admits that others have drawn different conclusions.

Finally, far from attacking gay people, Mr. Cain has made it clear that he is willing to be a President for all Americans – including gay people.  Mr. Cain does not support a federal marriage amendment, will not reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, supports policies like the Fair Tax, free market healthcare reform and social security personal savings accounts – all of which would benefit gay and lesbian Americans.

Back in June I wrote about the left, and in particular the gay left’s reaction to Cain:

For the gay left none of this will matter.  All that matters is the group hug.  For the gay left, it isn’t important whether the policies pursued by a candidate or a party actually improve the lives of gay people, all that matters is that they get the pat on the head – the assurance that they are ok.  I don’t need the group hug, nor do I need affirmation from the government that I am ok.  What I need is a President and a Congress that will pursue policies that will make life better for me and my family.

It is time the gay community put real policy before emotional theater, and that is exactly why gay people should be willing to listen to and consider the candidacy of Herman Cain.

The Gay Left, including their paid-off Log Cabin affiliate, are too invested in the Obama Democrats to have a rational response to the Cain candidacy.  Too bad.  But their hatred of conservatives is too blatant to ignore these days.  So at least there is that.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Log Cabin: Debt Deal, a Start not a Solution

Unlike his predecessors at Log Cabin, R. Clarke Cooper, the current executive director, has distinguished himself by regularly defending Republicans who hold firm to Reaganite principles.  It does seem the success of GOProud has reminded the older group it needs do a better job establishing its Republican bona fides.

They still alas have retained a residue of the old organization, with occasional paeans to the statist ideology of the gay left and a noticeable failure to consider gay issues in light of conservative ideals, where the government neither serves as the agent of social change nor acts as a barrier to such change.

Yesterday, however, Log Cabin did join the mainstream conservatives in heralding the debt deal as a start, not a solution, a notion which tracks nicely with Datechguy’s description of the deal as turning “the ship so it is facing in the right direction” without yet steaming forward in said direction.

“Speaker John Boehner and Senator Mitch McConnell,” Cooper said

. . . set a clear goal, refusing to approve President Obama’s request for blank check unless it was accompanied by spending reforms and cuts larger than the amount of the debt limit hike. That goal has been achieved, but nobody should believe that this is more than a stopgap measure. The culture of spending in Washington must fundamentally change going forward. This is only the first step in a course that will dramatically alter how our government approaches the budget and will provide fiscal stability for Wall Street and Main Street.

Nice to see Log Cabin standing firm against the culture of spending in Washington and reminding gay people of Republican efforts to contain the growth of the federal government.

DADT Pre-Emptive Fire from the 9th Circuit

News this evening coming down that the 9th Circuit Court has, once again, decided it knows better how to defend America than do our own Armed Forces, elected officials, or duly appointed and confirmed leaders of the DoD.

Still looking online for something official from the court, but the short story is that they’ve decided that, since DADT repeal is chugging along just fine, it’s time to screw up the entire process.

It seems that the court has used the continuing success of an orderly process combined with a lawless Administration which refuses to do its job to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed” with respect to DOMA as its basis for deciding to run the US military regardless of what’s best for National Defense.

With former SecDef Gates predicting certification (the needed step for implementation of the end of DADT) occurring within the month, and current Secretary Panetta stating in his confirmation process that he supports repeal and will work to implement it upon certification, I’m still puzzled why LCR continued their suit.

No, I’m not puzzled as to why they said they were continuing: Because they don’t trust, apparently, the military and/or the Administration to actually do what they said they’d do (let alone follow the law). Naturally, having witnessed the current Commander in Chief in action lo these two long years, I can understand why you’d want to see the cash first. But there have been zero indications that there would be any problems with the repeal coming to fruition. Even the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps told his troops to “get over it” and press on with our duties to implement the new policy.

It boggles the mind, then, why anybody who respects the military and our mission would insist on pressing forward with this case. Let’s review the facts:

The whole purpose of passing the law last December was because everybody (except, apparently the 9th Circuit Court and the glory hounds at LCR) realized that we needed an orderly transition from the DADT world to the non-DADT world. As that process continues, it’s not any less important that it take place orderly. Any disruption is unnecessary and needlessly dangerous. (more…)

Log Cabin’s Cooper Tapped for RNC Finance Committee

While I still have some quibbles with the rhetoric Log Cabin Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper uses on gay issues and his support of policies at odds with the conservative freedom agenda, I am pleased that unlike the first two executive directors of the group, he has shown a clear commitment to electing Republicans, challenging the big-government policies of the Democrats and helping build the GOP.

Just today, we learn that the Republican National Committee (RNC) tapped Clarke for “its Finance Committee, where he will be playing a critical role in raising funds for the party’s efforts to elect Republicans to the White House and across the country.

We may not agree with Clarke on all issues, but it’s nice to see a Log Cabin (national) leader committed to building the GOP.

Log Cabin calls for spending cuts

Earlier this month, reflecting on the dismal employment numbers, Log Cabin Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper chided Democrats for pursuing the wrong path to economic health:

It is time the Obama administration got the message. The solution isn’t big government programs, but a strong prescription of spending cuts and tax relief for American job creators. As House Speaker John Boehner said, ‘One look at the jobs report should be enough to show the White House it’s time to get serious about cutting spending and dealing with our ailing economy.

Spending cuts, though, won’t be enough.  We also need regulatory relief.  That said, it is nice to see Log Cabin taking issue with Democratic policies and standing with Republicans on issues of common concern.  On this, at least, Cooper’s leadership represents quite a contrast to the early days of Log Cabin and the middle years of the George W. Bush presidency.  Kudos, Clarke.

He recognizes the ideology that is been consigned to history’s trash can.  Now, if we could only get more gay people to pay attention.

As Log Cabin* takes on HRC, it’s time to renew my** membership

For the moment in 1995 when I had my first leading role in Log Cabin, then in the Capital Area Club, my fellow gay Republicans approached me wondering why the organization didn’t take on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).  They all wanted to see an alternative to that left-leaning organization.  And even as HRC became increasingly partisan in the George W. Bush era with its then-President Cheryl Jacques producing billboards and stickers with the slogan “George W. Bush, You’re Fired”, the then-Executive Director of Log Cabin refused to criticize her, having “instituted a new policy inside Log Cabin: If you speak ill of another LGBT group, that is grounds for dismissal.’

In order to curry favor with the gay groups, Patrick Guerriero was ignoring his own base — or potential base.   He could have grown Log Cabin if he showed that his organization was the HRC alternative for which many gay Republicans (and a good number of gay independents) were clamoring.

And because R. Clarke Cooper, the Executive Director of Log Cabin, has been so quick to criticize HRC for prostrating itself before the president, I have decided that come next Tuesday at a Log Cabin/LA event, I will renew my membership — which had lapsed.  I encourage you all to join Log Cabin even if you, as I, disagree with them on a few issues. We need to show that they benefit by criticizing HRC’s partisan pandering.

Now, if we could only get them to call out GLAAD for countenancing hate speech against gay conservatives.

* (more…)

Log Cabin Keeps Hitting HRC for its blind adoration of Obama

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. (more…)