Alex Blaze

Has is really only been 10 weeks? I've learned so much!

Filed By Alex Blaze | August 18, 2008 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, The Movement
Tags: adoption rights, Barack Obama, gay rights, health care reform, HIV travel ban, homosexual agenda, John McCain, LGBT, list, Log Cabin Republicans, PEPFAR

It's exactly 10 weeks since the Log Cabin Republicans said this:

We understand the general election starts today and Log Cabin will do its part to educate gay and lesbian voters about Sen. McCain in the weeks ahead. Contrary to what many Democrats are saying, Sen. McCain is not George W. Bush. Most gays and lesbians understand that fact. Sen. McCain isn't going to use gay people as a wedge issue. [...]

Is his record perfect? No. But it's inclusive and shows positive signs. We will hear more about his priorities and record in the months ahead. Stay tuned...

Well, I've stayed tuned. And let's see what we've learned about John McCain and LGBT (actually, make that L and G, he doesn't seem to have noticed that anyone else exists) rights, after the jump.

Ten weeks ago we already knew that McCain didn't support anything that the LGBT community needs in terms of policy. But what about the frivolous, the gratuitous, the petty, and the symbolic?

Well, that's apparently what he's been focusing on in these past ten weeks:

Of all those incidents up there, the only one that the LCR has tried to explain was the one about adoption:

"We are pleased that Senator McCain clarified the remarks and we thank the Senator for once again re-iterating his belief that issues concerning marriage and family laws should be left up to the states - not the federal government. The fundamental principle of federalism has made our party and our country strong - and those in our party who would seek to sacrifice this core value in order to push an extreme anti-gay agenda do damage to our party and our country."

Well, that's one way to spin what McCain said.

It's been 10 weeks, and that's not that much education from the LCR. I've learned a lot about what McCain thinks about the gays, though, but I don't think that's the kind of education LCR intended.

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In the late 1960's, the rock group The Who had a concept albumn called "Tommy," about a "deaf, dumb and blind kid who can play a mean pinball." Seems that Tommy is all grown up now and has recruited others like himself to populate the organization known as the Log Cabin Republicans.

McCain is singing, "Tommy can you hear me? Tommy can you see me?"

Apparently, they can't. Maybe the LCR should go back to what they know best, playing pinball.

Gee, Monica, when you started the "Tommy" analogy, I thought you were going to say that he grew up to be George W. Bush!

Wilson46201 | August 18, 2008 10:18 AM

It looks like this is certainly going to be yet another election where embarrassed Gay Republicans sniff haughtily with their tired old line: "Well, I'm not a single issue voter!"

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | August 18, 2008 11:51 AM

"Is his record perfect? No. But it's inclusive and shows positive signs."

Why does that sound familiar? Oh, yeah, it sounds exactly like a Democrat explaining Clintons position on DOMA and DADT or Obama’s position on same sex marriage and using us as cannon fodder. It’s called spin, aka, bs.

crescentdave crescentdave | August 18, 2008 1:08 PM

That log cabin needs to be demoed. Talk about a monument to self-hatred.

I fail to see any reason for the existence of the LCR. Republicans hate GLBT people, except for the rare exception (Gordon Smith, Chris Shays, Olympia Snowe, etc), and those exceptions aren't exactly welcome in the party, nor do they have any power or influence in it. Additionally, the LCR has remained consistantly the GL organization that is most intransigent on exclusion of T, even more so over the years than HRC. I don't think they signed on to United ENDA, for instance. I've never had much respect for anyone who's run that organization.

I once was a Republican. In the 1990s, I asked a Congressional candidate where she stood on GLBT employment rights: she put her hands on her hips and asked me "Where do you think I stand? Of course I oppose them!"

A GLBT person voting for McCain would be like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders. Vote for your own death, if you wish, and are stupid enough to do so.

They and HRC were the two gay rights orgs that stood with the ENDA split.

But Colonel Sanders? I heard he was great on tax cuts!

You can see more of this consensual delusion in Dale Carpenter's desperate attempt to find some approval from daddy McCain. Kinda like looking at clouds and your the only one who sees the pretty horsey.

Parsing McCain on gay adoption
Arizona senator’s views are not as extreme as his opponents suggested.

Makes you wonder if they've considered retracting the endorsement, eh?

Well and Obama just did the Rick Warren thing with Mc Cain.The Religious right is trying to spread itself into both parties.Anybody care to guess what that could mean to the future of lgbt rights.