Log Cabin Republicans Eye Five Unnamed GOP Senators on DADT

Log Cabin Republican executive director R. Clarke Cooper tells Talking Points Memo the group is focusing on five GOP senators as it works both legislatively and in the courts to repeal DADT:

Cooper.-R.-Clarke "We have to go back," Cooper said. "There are a number of senators who were not fully comfortable being vocal for repeal before adjournment."

There are a handful — four or five, he said — of Republican senators who he expects to be very persuadable. Those are the ones, he said, who asked for data from the Pentagon's review of DADT before making a decision.

"Those are the ones that are gonna be very open to the idea of actually voting in favor of repeal," he said. "These are senators who have been very amenable to the conversation, and have put forth positive indicators … but just need a little more."

The push they might need, he said, is the report the Pentagon will release in early December on its review.

"With that being done and the election being under everyone's belt, we can finally get this done," he said.

Just before the elections, Servicemembers United's Alex Nicholson recorded a video laying out the path to repeal during a lame duck session. Nicholson said the Senate would need to bring up the bill around November 18, and start conferencing the bill December 9.


  1. DougChgo says

    Of course, we’ve lost a vote as of today with Roland Burris’s stepping down and being replaced immediately by Sen. GayMark Kirk. Is GayMark one of the Republican senators the LCR is pointing toward?

  2. patrick nyc says

    Man the Kool Aid at the Log Cabin office must be good, unless they graduated to meth. It’s not surprising to hear them continue their delusions, after all they have to live with the double stigma, being out as gay to the GOP and being in the GOP to the gay community.

    Poor poor dears.

  3. Terry says

    Good luck with that. Seriously. But Olympia Snowe has got to be petrified right now, since she’s up for re-election in 2012 and she saw what happened in Kentucky, in Florida, in Utah, etc. Ditto Scott Brown in Massachusetts, who I’m sure by now is seen as some wild eyed socialist liberal by the Teabaggers aka the leadership of the Republican Party. Illinois’ new senator, Mark Kirk, is going to be the newest charter member of the Teabaggers now. But nevertheless, I wish the LCR well.

  4. Disgusted American says

    will be nice to see when the GOP Senators wipe that smug smile off his face….DAT is NOW OBAMA’S LEGACY …..good luck getting it repealled now. ..I hope it does, but doubt it will.

  5. Rich says

    And how do the LCR’s plan to get past the bigot McCain’s filibuster? If they fail to get it through the Senate during the lame duck session, do they honestly think there’s a snowball’s chance running it through the House and Senate next year?

  6. Continuum says

    The Log Cabin Republicans talked the talk, and walked the walk. They took DADT to Federal Court and won.

    Meanwhile Obama ordered his DOJ to appeal.

    The ACLU talked the talk, and walked the walk. They took Prop 8 to Court and won.

    The HRC actively worked against going to court in both cases.

    Instead, the HRC held fabulous cocktail parties with the Washington A listers (go watch LOGO), and Solomonese won most elegant activist award from Washington Life Magazine.

    Come 2012 I am looking for anyone progressive whose not a back-stabbing Obama or Reid supporter, or HRC elitist partier, who will actually stand up for GLBT equality.

    The so-called progressive Dems and our own HRC have failed us miserably.

  7. DR says

    Continuum, it’s called selective memory. No one wants to admit LCR pulled off something the ACLU wouldn’t touch and HRC and Gay, Inc screwed up left and right.

  8. says


    The SAME man who got the chance of repeal as far as it’s come.

    A plague on all their houses.

    And, despite its many good points, SU’s so-called path to repeal [read: the repeal OPTION] includes LCR propaganda by LCR member Alex Nicholson in the ridiculous claim that there is always an “open” unlimited amendment process [read: don’t blame the Repugbots, blame Harry Reid].

    Despite that, I trust he tried to dissuade Cooper and his crazies from helping torpedo SU’s former comrade-in-arms, Patrick Murphy.

  9. Amusing Myself, No Not THAT way! says

    Just wondering: Could it be that the Log Cabin will out five Senators if they don’t play ball?

    The LCR’s must have the inside dope on who’s who in the Republican closet.

    Political hard ball, anyone?

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