Sunday, August 15, 2004

Today's LA Times has a story about one of the oddest of groups, Log Cabin Republicans, and how they plan to challenge family issues on the party platform.

I realize you can be both gay and for lower taxes (duh); however, what I fail to understand is that when one prioritizes those issues deemed most important, it would seem that the GOP hostile stance on gay issues would by far trump any attraction to a tax break. It's almost as if the GOP is literally buying their loyalty.

Get a load of this naive, pipe-dream statement:

"We are giving President Bush an opportunity for a Sister Souljah moment," said Christopher Barron, political director of the Log Cabin Republicans. "This is an opportunity for the president to make clear that the GOP is a big tent. If there's room in the party for free-traders and protectionists, they've got to make room for us."

The truth:

Political observers say Bush is unlikely to accept the overture from gay Republicans for a unity plank.

By advocating a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage, they say Bush has calculated that he would rather risk the votes of the estimated 1 million gays and lesbians who voted for him in 2000 than anger evangelicals who feel passionately about the issue.


"There's a growing anger among the 1 million gays and lesbians who voted for the president in 2000 that his campaign is using us as a wedge issue," Barron said.

DUH! What a revelation!

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