People are talking about the recent decision of Log Cabin Republican not to endorse Bush for president.
Log Cabin Republicans are withholding their endorsement from President Bush for 2004. “Log Cabin’s National Board has voted to withhold a Presidential endorsement and shift our financial and political resources to defeating the radical right and supporting inclusive Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives,” said Log Cabin Board Chairman William Brownson of Ohio. The Log Cabin Board of Directors voted 22 to 2 not to endorse the President’s re-election.
“Certain moments in history require that a belief in fairness and equality not be sacrificed in the name of partisan politics; this is one of those moments. The national board’s vote empowers Log Cabin to maintain its integrity while furthering our goal of building a more inclusive Republican Party. Log Cabin is more committed than ever to its core mission to build a stronger and more inclusive Republican Party. There is a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party, and that fight is bigger than one platform, one convention, or even one President,” said Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director Patrick Guerriero.
Well, that’s nice. But part of me can’t help wondering what took them so long? What took them so long to figure out that they don’t matter much in the eyes of their president or their party? What took them so long to even start asking the following questions?
For six months, the President has made it clear what he opposes. He opposes civil marriage equality; however he has failed to articulate clearly what he supports. Does he support federal civil unions? Does he support domestic partnerships? Does he support tax fairness for gay and lesbian couples? Does he support employment non-discrimination? Does he support hate crimes legislation? Does he support allowing gay and lesbian service members to serve openly and honestly?”
What took them so long to stop waiting for an answer they weren’t goign to get in the first place, before deciding not to endorse the guy? This president—the same guy who refused to meet with the Log Cabin Republicans during the 2000 campaign (choosing instead to meet only with a hand-picked few)—hasn’t shown any sign of moving on the issue or any sign of answering the question the Cabin queers are finally asking. By contrast, while John Kerry opposes same sex marriage per se, he has already voiced his support for federal civil unions that would give same sex couples the same rights and protections as married heterosexuals, and he opposes the Federal Marriage amendment.
Maybe I’m a little hard on the Log Cabin Republicans, but to tell the truth I’m a little sore at them. They helped get the guy elected, after all, and when the rest of us voiced reservations about him back then they assured us “he’s not that bad,” that Clinton had raised the bar “impossibly high” on gay and lesbian issues, and that it was unreasonable and unfair to hold Bush or any other candidate to the same standars (nevermind that Gore met that standard). So, from my perspective we have them (the Log Cabiners) to thank for the current fix we’re in. So I’m not inspired to stand and cheer when what the rest of us have finally known—that no self-respecting gay & lesbian person or organization could possibly support this president without sacrificing some dignity—at long last dawns upon them.
At best, at least they’re witholding their endorsement, thus salvaging a thread or two of credibility. For them to endorse him would have been unforgiveable, but to be honest I’m still a little mad at them for helping foist this excuse for a president upon us in the first place. It’ll be a long time before I’m able to listen to anything this group has to say about any candidate without wondering if they know just what kind of person they’re backing. A long time. And I suspect I’m not alone.