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Log Cabin Republicans Defend Gay-Bashing McCain Robo-calls

In a post on their blog, the Log Cabin Republicans defend the John McCain Florida robo-call I posted about the other day, the one in which McCain attempted to frighten Floridians with the prospect of gays and their "special rights":

Mccain_cristSaid the call: "Mitt Romney thinks he can fool us. He supported abortion on demand, even allowed a law mandating taxpayer-funding for abortion. He says he changed his mind, but he still hasn’t changed the law. He told gay organizers in Massachusetts he would be a stronger advocate for special rights than even Ted Kennedy. Now, it’s something different."

LCR writes: "Had anyone bothered to reach out to the McCain Campaign, they would have realized Sen. McCain immediately stopped the calls. The campaign told us Sen. McCain never saw the script and never approved it, which is why he stopped the calls ASAP."

According to one blogger, however, the McCain spokesman LCR refused to go on record and the robo-call itself said "Prepared and Paid for by McCain for President."

Finally, the LCR asks, "Of course, those facts won’t satisfy the left-wing who pounces on these kinds of things. But where were these same left-wingers when Democrat Barack Obama, who has never introduced a single piece of pro-gay legislation in his Senate career, paraded around on stage with an anti-gay religious leader who believes in so-called “conversion therapy”? Where were they when Democrat Sen. Hillary Clinton couldn’t bring herself to denounce Gen. Peter Pace’s anti-gay remarks last year? Where were they when Obama proposed meetings and negotiations with the gay-murdering president of Iran?"

Actually, the left blogosphere spent weeks outraged over the McClurkin appearance and also called out Hillary and Obama for their hesitancy to speak out on Peter Pace's statements.

Pam Spaulding asks, "The defensiveness of the LCR post begs the question -- is this all about frustration that they have such slim pickins this cycle? After BushCo turning on the ignition,putting into drive and running over them, backing up and gunning it over them again, the entire 2008 Clown Car slate showed zero progress on LGBT neutrality, let alone advocacy. All the ones with fairly moderate issues on the issues abandoned LCRs to court the Base. What it means for a Log Cabin Republican that wants to vote for the principles the organization stands for is that they are placed again in the position of justifying support for a candidate, in this case John McCain, who is willing to pull out the homo strawman."

Aside from the robo-call incident, that a gay group would rush to the defense of a man who until a few months ago never heard the acronym LGBT before, supports Don't Ask, Don't Tell, is not sure if condoms stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, thinks gays should be able to marry (just not legally), and worries about his 'gay' clothing choices, is laughable.

McCain Campaign Robo-Calls [blogcabin]
Log Cabin Republicans defend McCain on anti-gay robocalls [pam's house blend]

Donnie McClurkin Hub [tr]
Is Homosexuality Immoral? Clinton, Obama Won't Say [tr]
Ahmadinejad: "In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals" [tr]

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  1. gay republicans=jewish nazis

    Posted by: the queen | Jan 31, 2008 9:42:53 AM

  2. typical log cabin

    Posted by: Lito S, | Jan 31, 2008 9:45:43 AM

  3. I have no patience for gay Republicans. I can understand being a gay conservative, even though I'm not one, but I cannot understand a gay Republican.

    Posted by: sam | Jan 31, 2008 9:46:47 AM

  4. Thank you, Andy! I'm so glad you brought up those references. This is why Towleroad deserves so much more respect.

    Posted by: Tom S. | Jan 31, 2008 10:06:42 AM

  5. Sam,
    I basically want to agree with you but I don’t see why the fiscally irresponsible big government Republicans are still considered conservative. Wasn’t the last conservative Republican Abe Lincoln?

    Posted by: 1♥ | Jan 31, 2008 10:18:30 AM

  6. The Log Cabin Repugs never cease to amaze.

    What a feckless group of buffoons they are!

    Posted by: nic | Jan 31, 2008 10:47:40 AM

  7. Good point, 1heart.

    Posted by: sam | Jan 31, 2008 10:52:59 AM

  8. Where were the liberals when Obama and Clinton were cozying up to Donnie McClurkin and Peter Pace, you ask?

    We were bitching, advocating, writing letters, calling our congressional representatives, joining HRC/GLAAD/etc... just like we're doing now with McCain.

    They're just pissy because their best choice is a disingenuous septuagenerian who's been caught red-handed using us as a political punching bag again.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jan 31, 2008 11:00:54 AM

  9. Hey Andy if you want to see how they are covering politics with a gay angle worked in over here at the moment try checking out the Henry Conway story about the gay son of a tory member of parliament caught up in a misuse of public funds scandal - it is bringing out all the usual thinly veiled homophobia, even though the guy does sound a bit of a prat - quite amusing though.

    Posted by: ARCH | Jan 31, 2008 11:06:26 AM

  10. Lord have mercy, that is about the most delusional response I have seen come from the LCR yet.

    Where was the outrage? Are they kidding with this crap? They know good and well that the left-wing was VERY outraged and VERY vocal about Obama's and Hillary's offenses.

    This is exactly why I left the LCR and the Republican Party years ago.

    The delusion continues...

    Queen, as much as I adore you I have to say that I think that the gay Republican = Jewish Nazis argument, though often repeated, is inaccurate, over the top and counter productive.

    I think a more accurate, instructive and productive comparative would be that gay Republicans are like black Dixiecrats (racist, segregationist, white Southern Democrats) in the sixties.

    Even still I have cherished gay friends who are absolutely wonderful people, partners, parents who fight, not only to change the country's anti-gay policies, but also to change the anti-gay policies that have infected their party.

    I certainly disagree with them on certain policies and I may feel that they are fighting a losing battle (as I once did) but I admire their determination and their commitment to fighting for equality and inclusion along with other issues that are important to them.

    Also, keep in mind, many gay Republicans actually vote for Democrats when the Republican candidate toes the anti-gay party line.

    RB, this one's for you bubba! :)

    Posted by: ZEKE | Jan 31, 2008 11:09:22 AM

  11. LCR = LOL. A textbook definition of Stockholm Syndrome if there ever was one.

    Posted by: Marco | Jan 31, 2008 11:36:46 AM

  12. Gay Republicans = African American KKK members.

    Posted by: Bobby | Jan 31, 2008 12:25:19 PM

  13. Ahhh, feel the hate.

    Does it matter in the slightest that McCain pulled the calls when he became aware of the content? No? Yeah, didn't think so.

    This is just another chance to hate on Log Cabin.

    Sometimes I think that our community is so sold on the Party that we care more about affiliation than we do about our principles. I don't know how many times I've seen Democrats get a pass (political expediency, ya know) on things that Republicans are attacked for.

    OK, now all you haters have a new target. You can hate on me. Sure I'm fighting for our rights and trying to make change in the world, but that's not NEARLY as important as having someone to hate.


    Posted by: Timothy | Jan 31, 2008 2:30:09 PM


    What a bunch of tools.

    Posted by: John | Jan 31, 2008 2:49:50 PM

  15. Does McCain know about Crist?

    Posted by: anon ( | Jan 31, 2008 6:11:00 PM

  16. TIMOTHY,
    ouch! well, i guess you told us....
    now you can go on tilting at your windmills.

    Posted by: nic | Jan 31, 2008 7:30:10 PM

  17. People who say that being a gay republican is tantamount to being a jewish nazi are as reprehensible and ignorant as the gun-toting, homophobic, greedy hypocrites that have high jacked the Republican party.
    You clearly don't need an education or logic to leave comments on this site.

    Posted by: Cameron | Jan 31, 2008 7:59:10 PM

  18. Now, now... there's more to life than hating homosexuals. And gay conservatives vote Republican because they hate a bunch of other people:

    Blue-collar workers, Mexican immigrants, Middle Easterners, the Chinese, scientists, teachers, UN diplomats, Nobel laureates, artists, socialists, Old Europe, residents of Hollywood / New York / San Francisco, black teenagers, and the poor.

    Posted by: John | Jan 31, 2008 8:02:01 PM

  19. The only problem, Johnny dear, is that I dated a gay conservative Mexican immigrant and know plenty of gay conservative teachers.

    Think a little deeper, sweetie.

    Posted by: jmg | Jan 31, 2008 8:43:29 PM

  20. JMG, and you're using that as an example on a thread about gay Republicans?

    LOL. I thought we just established that it's not a specific kind of hate that matters. It's a smogabord buffet of hate.

    Posted by: John | Jan 31, 2008 8:58:28 PM

  21. The problem with LCR's is that they genuinely believe in what McCain and other Repub's stand for, except when it comes to gay issues, where Democrats, while certainly imperfect, are undeniably more on our side. If gay Republicans want to invest in changing the party from inside, more power to them. I just wish they'd admit to ignoring gay rights in the voting booth instead of using acrobatic logic to justify supporting people who don't give a rat's ass about them.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 1, 2008 12:41:09 AM

  22. Why are we surprised? It takes a certain brand of delusion to be a LCR in the first place. But then, maybe that is just what is needed to be a "repuglican" nowadays. Does anyone else find McCain's reference to the public as "my friends", offensive? I am NOT his friend. Stop calling me your friend. Oops, sorry, wrong rant.

    Posted by: Reggie | Feb 1, 2008 1:00:28 AM

  23. I agree with the vast majority of these comments. The Log Cabin Republicans as a whole are the textbook definition of internalized homophobia. The ones I have encountered, who absolutely baffle me, are some of the most self-loathing and denying gays I've ever met. Being a gay Republican IS quite like being a Jewish Nazi. When we subscribe to a political party and cast votes in favor of that party, we buy the entire package that party offers. Analogizing, if Jews happened to really like the economic policies of the Nazi Party and subsequently voted for Nazis, then they are indeed supporting the Party that oppresses them despite their personal favor of such policies. So, while the Jewish Nazi might favor those economic policies, he or she will not live long to actually experience them...

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Feb 1, 2008 2:07:59 AM

  24. The analogy isn't quite right.

    The first economic policy of the Nazis, even before they took power 75 years ago this week, was to destroy Jewish businesses by urging or intimidating Germans into boycotting them, followed by expulsion from the professions and universities, theft of property, revoking citizenship and reducing the Jews to poverty. (Followed by reducing them to ashes, but that part wasn't spelled out.) No Jews embraced that program, obviously.

    By contrast, the Log Cabin Boys seem to think there is something in it for them to vote Republican. Maybe if they are rich, white, closeted males there is. But if you hear one of these the deluded creatures say, "I'm not a one-issue voter. There are other issues," just ask him: "Fine. So you have no problem with endless war, mass murder, destroying the Constitution, torture, total surveillance, plundering the environment, substituting superstition for science, trashing our country's name worlwide, ethnic cleansing by hurricane, etc., etc., etc.?"

    Timothy, your (group) blog seems intelligent and worthy. Are you really proud to be associated with such a party?

    Posted by: Eric | Feb 1, 2008 3:58:13 AM

  25. You know, you don't have to be a Republican to be a conservative. There is such a thing as a conservative Democrat, and, unlike the GOP, the Dems are more open to members who dissent from a few conventional party policy positions. That inflexibility is a primary factor in the breakdown of the GOP, and is traceable to (at least) one noticeable difference in attitude: that, for Dems (and foundationally for this country) truth is something arrived at by the use of reason, whereas for the GOP, truth looks to be something that must either be revealed or discovered almost by the grace of God.

    Posted by: Clint | Feb 1, 2008 12:22:07 PM

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