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Log Cabin Republicans Hit Chuck Hagel In 'NY Times' Ad: PHOTO


The Log Cabin Republicans took out a full-age ad in the New York Times today to criticize potential Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for his comments about gay people not upholding American values and his positions on Iran and Israel, another sign that President Obama's plan to replace Leon Panetta with the former GOP senator may be a non-starter.

Check out the full-page ad AFTER THE JUMP.

[via CNN]


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  1. um. really? (at least he retracted...unlike your prez. candidate)

    Posted by: doug | Dec 27, 2012 2:37:04 PM

  2. Mitt Romney has said more offense things about gay people over the last couple months than Hagel did 14 years ago, yet these morons endorsed Romney, hypocritical much?

    Posted by: Emmy | Dec 27, 2012 2:39:07 PM

  3. ?!?!

    So... @LogCabinGOP has an Iran policy? Do they yet have a "don't endorse anti-LGBT candidates" policy?

    Posted by: Lee | Dec 27, 2012 2:49:35 PM

  4. I agree with Emmy - ! REALLY!!!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Dec 27, 2012 2:54:20 PM

  5. Looks like the LCR has been taken over by the Tea Party or Sheldon Adelson.

    Posted by: Jim E | Dec 27, 2012 3:05:17 PM

  6. The ad works if you replace "Chuck Hagel" with "GOProud"...

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 27, 2012 3:12:31 PM

  7. he retracted and apologized. given that the most extreme, far right wing is attempting to scuttle this nomination maybe towleroad ought to do a little homework before jumpin on the anti-hagel bandwagon. many think his nomination is a bellweather of whther reason can ever prevail in the war on terror. its a very complicated topic but moderates should be fighting hard for him to be confirmed. for the lazy, just search hagelon, a he doe a pretty good job explaininig whas going on.

    Posted by: cahbf | Dec 27, 2012 3:20:40 PM

  8. Neo-con vilification actually aimed at Obama. Enough.

    Posted by: ChiPIetro | Dec 27, 2012 3:38:12 PM

  9. What else do you expect from the most self-loathing group in America??? The Log Cabins have done nothing for Gay Rights.
    And I can't wait to see some typical Log Cabin guy come on here crying how we on the left hate them, and that Mitt Romney really wasnt a homophobic pig.

    Posted by: Jack | Dec 27, 2012 4:19:44 PM

  10. Chuck Hagel is one of the few Republicans who isn't a crazy, warmongering neoconservative like John McCain and Mitt Romney. Hagel opposed the Iraq War and actually supports slashing US "Defense" spending. So naturally, the dopey Log Cabin republicans oppose his nomination over a comment he made 15 years ago. They probably were hoping for John Bolton as Secretary of Defense.

    Posted by: Ryan | Dec 27, 2012 5:17:36 PM

  11. He "retracted and apologized" BULLSH*T! Hagel intentionally derailed the first gay Ambassador's confirmation for no other reason than the ambassador was a gay man. And he NEVER apologized for it for FOURTEEN YEARS and then only after he was called out for his bigotry! This bigot is NOT someone who should be in charge of the continuing repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, and it's an INSULT that Obama would favor a bigot like Hagel for the job.

    Posted by: Wayne | Dec 27, 2012 5:20:53 PM

  12. I agree with Emmy. Hard to take these nuts seriously. I don't like Hagel, but with the LCR opposing him, I'll have to reconsider. He certainly never said anything more offensive than the egregious Mitt Romney did during the 2012 campaign.

    Posted by: Jay | Dec 27, 2012 6:00:36 PM

  13. Typically short-sighted of the far-left loonies who comment here. If a President McCain had nominated Hagel for dog catcher, the Obama Hallelujah Chorus would scream bloody murder.

    Once again, the gay community and its political agenda are stronger when they have allies in both parties. Knee-jerk Republican hatred is ridiculously short-sighted and doesn't do any good. If all Democrats are our friends, why isn't gay marriage legal in Illinois, where Democrats control everything.

    Painting with a broad brush is stupid. Not all gay men are twinks. Not all Democrats are "progressive". Not all Republicans are the devil.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Dec 27, 2012 8:22:07 PM

  14. Come Out And Support Me Chuck.. For Real.

    Posted by: John Normile | Dec 27, 2012 9:48:28 PM

  15. Log Cabin Republicans -- always wrong about everything!

    Hagel's anti-gay BS was offensive and wrong. He has apologized, accept it or not, the target of it accepted it. I'm not sure I've seen or heard enough on his current stand, and that is relevant.

    The LCRs are idiotic, of course, because Hagel's stance on Israel and Iran are just what we need to stir up the lockstep nonsense that goes for Middle East policy in this government. Whether or not he's the right one, his arguments are valuable and need to be heard. LCR is on the wrong side here, big surprise.

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Dec 27, 2012 10:42:17 PM

  16. I agree with his positions on Iran and Israel. That seems most pertinent to the position.

    Posted by: seito | Dec 27, 2012 10:59:59 PM

  17. I cannot fathom LCR. With their insistance on a Jobs Only policy during the election, which was a successful as Abstinence Only sex ed, I doubt they have any meaningful Mid-East policy. If they want to fault Hagel for his foreign policy positions, they should retroactively fault their ex-standard bearer who had none. I think their opposition to Hagel's former LGBT stance is similarly pathetic, given Romney's unequivocal (!) stance - a certain foreign policy advisor notwithstanding. A lot can change in more that a decade. Hagel may very well have done so. My only issue with him: I'm not pleased that the Administration seems to be ceding to the Republicans the defense card.

    @cahbf: How do you get that TR is on some bandwagon? I just see TR covering a national issue. It also has a gay angle.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 27, 2012 11:26:38 PM

  18. We can do better than Chuck Kagel. We deserve better than Chuck Kagel.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Dec 27, 2012 11:51:50 PM

  19. One more good reason to support Chuck Hagel for Sec o Defense.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 28, 2012 12:17:30 AM

  20. When your enemies are the Chicken Hawk Neocon Republicans who think war is usually the answer, the Israeli Lobby, which thinks the U.S. should rubber stamp all the positions of the Right Wing Israeli government, and the Log Cabin Republicans who are just pathetic, count me as a friend.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 28, 2012 12:25:40 AM

  21. This just proves that the Log Cabin Republicans are not wrong all of the time, just most of the time! I guess they have conscience,too!

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Dec 28, 2012 2:27:25 AM

  22. Had he been running for president 2 months ago, they would've given him a full-throated endorsement and explained to us why he was the better man despite everything else.

    Because he's a potential Obama cabinet member? No way, Jose.

    I hope Obama holds firm and we have Hagel as SoD - we need a final takedown of Neocon thought in the Pentagon. It took Nixon to open Red China and it'll take a Republican to turn back the tide of the Bush Doctrine once and for all.

    Posted by: John | Dec 28, 2012 2:29:07 AM

  23. @John: What you said. Right on target.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 28, 2012 2:54:32 AM

  24. Strange. What could be their agenda? They had to know they'd become the objects of ridicule and scorn--again.

    Posted by: Gene Touchet | Dec 28, 2012 10:09:42 AM

  25. @Andrew, my thoughts exactly. If the neocons and LCR's are opposed to Hagel, it's likely that he deserves my support.

    Posted by: antb | Dec 28, 2012 1:16:55 PM

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