Watch: Dan Savage Savages GOProud as 'Gay Quislings' and 'Useful Idiots' Helping to Window-Dress the Homophobic GOP


Activist Dan Savage appeared on last night's Countdown to discuss conservative groups abandoning CPAC over the attendance of GOProud.

Said Savage: "GOProud isn't a pro-gay rights organization, they're an organization of gay quislings and useful idiots that help to window-dress the Republican party which is really still rabidly anti-gay to it's core. It's a little window dressing, a little gay window dressing, that allows them to appeal to moderates perhaps and independents as being less bigoted than the Republican party actually is."


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  1. Thank you Dan!

    Posted by: van | Dec 30, 2010 9:59:34 AM

  2. "We know who is for us and who is against us and the GOP is against us."

    Thanks for bottom lining it, Dan. Absolute truth.

    Posted by: BartB | Dec 30, 2010 10:12:25 AM

  3. Agree with what he said. But this group doesn't deserve five seconds of attention.

    Just ignore them. Once the attention dies down they'll go seek the psychiatric help they badly need.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Dec 30, 2010 10:22:57 AM

  4. Tellin' it like it is!

    Posted by: Gregoire | Dec 30, 2010 10:33:45 AM

  5. Dan does not pussyfoot around. I like him more and more every time he is interviewed. Loved the last-second dig at McCain too.

    Posted by: EO | Dec 30, 2010 11:16:48 AM

  6. Love Dan Savage. He's absolutely correct, the GOP hates homosexuals and any homosexual that claims to be a part of the GOP should be ashamed.

    Posted by: Bobby | Dec 30, 2010 11:35:37 AM

  7. Dan Savage supports GetEQUAL. You should, too. Donate today!

    Posted by: Kev | Dec 30, 2010 12:39:20 PM

  8. What gets me again and again about Dan Savage is how well-spoken he is in front of the camera, almost as if he had a teleprompter. While adhering to the fast pace demanded by a TV segment, he marshals all the pertinent facts and data, and makes his points clearly and persuasively. I'm continually impressed.

    Posted by: Zlick | Dec 30, 2010 12:40:52 PM

  9. Okay, I love Dan Savage too... he tells it like it is and doesn't mince words.

    However, and I know I'm going to get a lot of flak for this, but the LGBT community needs better national spokesmen and women. I mean, who really speaks for us on a national level? Media outlets always turn to Dan, but who else is there to turn to? Ellen? Dan Choi? Michaelangelo Signorile? No one really represents us to the level that say a Jesse Jackson represents the African American community.

    We have so few national level prominent voices to represent us, that we forced to go with a highly articulate sex columnist, but I'm not sure if that best represents our interests. I am not trying to disparage Dan in saying this... he's done great work. But I am lamenting the lack of high level voices for our causes.

    Posted by: Pete | Dec 30, 2010 12:53:57 PM

  10. Pete, Jesse Jackson does not represent the African American community. White people think he does, but he doesn't.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Dec 30, 2010 1:38:31 PM

  11. I'd like to see membership numbers for GOProud, as it would be interesting to see if it is in double-digits or not!

    Posted by: Tony J | Dec 30, 2010 1:46:48 PM

  12. @ZLICK, I love your assessment of Dan. You really hit the nail on the head. I wish I had 10% of what Dan has and what Dan brings to a discussion. I'm in awe at his targeted articulation and his ability to distill for our sound-bite world.

    Posted by: Brix | Dec 30, 2010 1:51:37 PM

  13. And the same applies to Log Cabin Repugs....even the GOPAnsies did not help run our greatest ally in Congress, Patrick Murphy, out of office by endorsing his Repug opponents as the LCR fools did.

    And as for all that statue posing that LCR is doing about the DADT case—if anyone, it is the JUDGE who deserves the statue. LCR would have you believe that this was the first ruling that the ban was unconstitutional when, in fact, judges in the cases of Miriam Ben-Shalom, Perry Watkins, and Keith Meinhold, et al., made the same ruling DECADES ago, but were simply disregarded on appeal.

    Queen of the LCR Prom Clarke Cooper would have you believe that straight Repugs have had an epiphany, and are now ripe for supporting the LGBT rights they have fought tooth and fang against forever. He also predicted that ENDA would be voted on in the Lame Duck session.

    If nongay Repugs were as impressed by Mr. Cooper as he is himself, perhaps we could expect some change. But there is no evidence they are. Eight Republican Senators voted for the repeal option. HOORAY. And THIRTY-ONE voted against it. In the House, fifteen Republicans voted for the repeal option. And ONE HUNDRED & SIXTY voted against it. And, as we all know, the House will be controlled starting January 5th by Repugs who won't let a SINGLE gay issue even come to a vote despite his predictions to the contrary.

    Posted by: | Dec 30, 2010 2:03:09 PM

  14. Dan looks so nice here! : ) thank you for clarifying SUGGARHILL, when I read that Jesse Jackson comment my lunch repeated on me. Jesse Jackson represents himself, don't let him fool you. But I agree with the greater argument, the gay community (and the black community for that matter) need better representation in the media.

    Posted by: cdubois | Dec 30, 2010 2:04:13 PM

  15. I think Dan does a great job representing us and at this point he's the best national representative we have. Dan Choi may get there, but who knows.

    I do wish Dan S. would avoid age-slamming when he says things like, "octogenarian John McCain". While it's certainly true that many people get more conservative as they age, slamming all old people is not productive.

    Posted by: David R. | Dec 30, 2010 3:07:49 PM

  16. @Pete: Savage has gone on record that he's not a great spokesman for the LGBT community, because of his occupation and some of his more extreme political leanings. I think it was in a blog post about Melissa Etheridge not being a great advocate for marriage equality, as she's been divorced twice.

    But we're not gonna find a saint to represent us, and Savage is articulate, smart, and good enough at leading the conversation so far left that some of the things most important to us - DADT repeal, maybe eventually marriage equality - end up sounding more reasonable to the public at large.

    Posted by: Austin | Dec 30, 2010 5:46:07 PM

  17. What's the ragging on Jesse Jackson all about? Mr. Jackson has never said he "represents" the black community. That's a white misnomer placed on him because Mr. Jackson was always available for concise commentary on issues important to the African-American community during his 1970's/1980's heyday.

    Remember, he was the second African-American to try for the Democratic nomination for President when he ran in the primaries in 1988 (Shirley Chisholm was the first in 1972). Mr. Jackson gave the worst Democratic nominee for President in history (Michael Dukakis) a good run for the brass ring.

    Mr. Jackson was an early supporter of LGBT rights and was out there giving us props when nobody else in the Democratic party had the balls to do so.

    It can be safely said that Mr. Jackson's high-profile candidacy in 1988 set the precedent for our current President's successful run for our nation's highest office.

    Jesse Jackson has his faults and perhaps he might be the first to admit. But no one can deny that his Rainbow Coalition or his PUSH programs did not help the African-American community gain access to the halls of power, access to jobs and a national voice to discuss intelligently the prevailing racism that African-Americans (and Latinos and other groups) faced at all levels of American society (and, unfortunately, still do).

    My best memory of Jesse Jackson took place during the primary campaigns in 1988 when he went to Iowa on a campaign stop. There is a picture of a white farmer and Mr. Jackson embracing. The white farmer is sobbing, his face showing absolute sorrow and despair, because he lost his family farm to the banks (this was during the advent of the S&L crisis and the onset of Big Agri-business using their economic and political clout to buy up all the foreclosed family farms). Mr. Jackson is holding the farmer in a strong, compassionate embrace, trying to comfort the distressed man.

    That photograph told me all I needed to know about Jesse Jackson and his good heart. My regret is that the Democratic power elites couldn't handle Mr. Jackson's firebrand style in 1988. Jesse Jackson would have been the perfect candidate to run against the republicon candidate in that election, George H. W. Bush.

    Perhaps Mr. Jackson might not have won the presidential election then, but he sure as hell would have shook up both establishments. He would have told it like it is, something politicians still have a hard time doing today.

    So, ease up on Jesse Jackson. Crack open a history book and see who was with us long before it was "cool".

    As for Dan Savage, I'll take concise, direct commentary from Mr. Savage any day. He is fearless in his defense of LGBT equality and probably more kind in his remarks about the LCR and GOPround homo-turncoats than I could ever be.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Dec 30, 2010 8:41:59 PM

  18. Dan is so sexxy :--). Good job, Danny. Thanks :-).

    Don't usually dig older men, but this guy...c'mon :-).

    Posted by: just a guy | Dec 31, 2010 2:03:36 PM

  19. Well said Jamal! Jesse Jackson stood with us way back in the day and I will never forget that. Dan Savage does what is so rare in this modern age, he speaks the truth; he is much more than a "sex columnist," he is a journalist and a newspaper editor a father, a lover and a fine man.

    Posted by: Dave | Dec 31, 2010 3:53:39 PM

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