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How Did The Log Cabin Republicans Buy That Chuck Hagel Attack Ad?

LCRPosterLike so many others, journalist Glenn Greenwald has some lingering questions as to why the Log Cabin Republicans decided to run that full-page New York Times ad against potential Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel.

For example, why did the gay GOP group suddenly decide to take such an ardent stance on Israel, which former Sen. Hagel's opponents claim he doesn't support? "The only mention of [Israel] on its entire website is as part of a laundry list of nations which allow gay and lesbians to serve in the armed forces," he writes at The Guardian

Greenwald is equally perplexed by LCR's sudden interest in Iran, the decision to oppose Hagel's past homophobic comments. They have after all supported anti-gay lawmakers in the past, including Mitt Romney in 2012's presidential election.

And, most importantly, Greenwald wants to know how cash-strapped Log Cabin Republicans paid for an ad space that goes for about $100,000. So, ever the diligent reporter, Greenwald asked R. Clark Cooper, the Log Cabin's outgoing executive director. Cooper, as one can assume, was not forthcoming.

In response, the group's Executive Director, R. Clark Cooper, confirmed that LCR did not pay for the ad out of its existing funds. Rather, he said, the ad campaign "is being funded by a number of donors". But he not only refused to identify any of those donors, but also has thus far refused to say whether those "donors" are from the self-proclaimed "pro-Israel" community and/or are first-time donors to LCR: in other words, whether these donors are simply exploiting gay issues and the LCR to advance an entirely unrelated agenda as a means of attacking Hagel.

Between the lines, Greenwald sees what he says is a "favorite neocon tactic": "cynically exploit liberal causes to generate progressive support for their militaristic agenda." And he thinks the LCR should have the decency to tell us who's working behind our backs: "Gay advocates are the exploited tools in this effort. We should at least have some transparency about that fact."

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  1. But Tony, that would be lauding an anti-slavery yet pro-Segregation group over a group that is still pro-slavery.

    The LCR's positions may have been admirable if this was 1975. But it aint.

    While one may still have *more* respect for the LCRs over GOProud, that's still like giving someone a gold star for being the brightest kid in special ed, whilst on the sixth year of high school.

    Like, "good for you. but you're still a few hundred thousand paces behind everyone else"

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 30, 2012 4:28:17 PM

  2. And in exchange for prostituting itself further (or at all!!!) LCR has succeeded in getting exactly how many Republicans to cosponsor ENDA?

    Do I need both thumbs??

    Posted by: EdA | Dec 31, 2012 1:51:15 AM

  3. Republicans that are gay,black or Jewish have one thing in common... they are rich! Like the HRC... Log Cabin Republicans have too many Black-tie events. I am sure someone with big bucks used the LCR as a political lobby. So what else is new?

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Dec 31, 2012 2:49:44 AM

  4. Like the Homo Robbing Committee (HRC), Licking On Gonads Cabin repugs thinks that any publicity is good publicity as long it keeps the spotlight on the brand so it can ask for more "donations"

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Dec 31, 2012 8:29:37 AM

  5. Sugar Daddies are seldom publicly identified as such.

    Posted by: Gene Touchet | Dec 31, 2012 9:54:29 AM

  6. If the LCR is against Chuck Hagel, then I support him.

    Posted by: Carlos | Dec 31, 2012 10:56:50 AM

  7. Besides accepting an Iranian nuclear weapons program even if Iran obtains ICBMS aimed at America, there are many many reasons besides Israel and Anti Semitism issues that make Chuck Hagel a very poor choice.

    Hagel's troglodyte record on gay rights is still an issue even though President Obama finds it very inconvenient as he would like to nominate Hagel tomorrow.

    I hope the President will not risk the political cost of loosing the confirmation battle on this terrible choice.

    It's not only about what he said many years ago, but that he has not come out for any specific or general commitment to equality for gay military families.

    In general for gays to accept Hagel, he must say that he would like to see DOMA overturned at the Supreme Court.

    But there are many ways a Secretary of Defense could help gay military families no matter how DOMA is decided and Hagel has not come out in favor of any of these.

    Reports to the contrary, LGBT equality is not yet a done deal in the military. There is still the matter of partner benefits. There still remain a handful of regulations that could be revised independent of the Defense of Marriage act that could bring some equity of compensation and benefits to gay and lesbian servicemembers. but remain denied due only to Department of Defense foot-dragging:

    Included in the discretionary benefits currently denied are spousal identication cards, cited in the Pentagon's own Working Group study as not requiring DOMA repeal to deliver.

    Presiident Obama should also condider
    that besides the bad politics of alienating Democrats by not choosing, Flournoy, a great Democratic manager, many people familiar with Hagel say he is a poor manager.

    Hagel has drawn additional heat from insiders who claim he lacks the credentials needed to manage a department as large and essential as the Pentagon.

    Posted by: Jean | Dec 31, 2012 1:33:51 PM

  8. The LCR are obviously being used by the "chicken hawk" neocons who, while they never served in their nation"s military, just LOVE sending young Americans to risk being wounded or killed in needless wars. They are terrified that team Obama-Kerry and Hagel will make those "fun" wars harder to get involved in.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 31, 2012 10:21:21 PM

  9. @Little Kiwi: To compare the kids in Special Ed, who work hard to achieve their "gold stars", with the LCR is one of the most offensive posts that I have read on Towleroad.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 1, 2013 7:32:10 AM

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