Most contributors use TBP to call out the Log Cabin Republicans for their idiotic support of anti-gay candidates. That's a valid critique (even if it is funny to see Alex used in their fundraising materials as an example of a big bad blogger picking on the poor group of rich white guys) since the LCR tries to support socially moderate candidates.
But the one thing I've always understood about LCR's purpose is that they are a necessary part of our community. There are gay-friendly Republicans just like there are unfriendly Democrats - and someone needs to be working in the Republican Party to build support for our community. Relying on one party to have a majority of seats in the legislature and all of those seats to be held by gay-friendly politician is absurd.
Today's LCR e-mail blast listed three specific instances of pro-gay Republican news bites. In the interest of fairness, it only seems appropriate to share them since they hadn't been mentioned in any of our other political posts.
Check 'em out after the break. See if you can muster up a "Good job, guys!" for them. After all, I intend to mark today on the calendar. It's been a while since there's been something positive to report!
It remains to be seen whether our Party will learn the right lessons from the GOP's defeat. Not surprisingly, social conservatives want to push the GOP further into the ditch. But there's good news--more and more leading Republicans understand we need to build a Party of the future, not a Party of the past.
- Last weekend, one of the new Republican leaders in the House outlined a positive path forward focused on what unites us not what divides us. Congressman Pete Sessions from Texas spoke at the annual Grand 'Ol Party hosted by Log Cabin--Dallas. Sessions is the newly elected Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). As head of the powerful and important NRCC, he'll lead candidate recruitment and election strategy for House Republicans in 2010. Hearing his speech to our members in Dallas and speaking with Congressman Sessions, I am encouraged by his message. He understands more of the same is a recipe for defeat. At last Saturday's Log Cabin event, Sessions said, "Our Party needs new focus, new energy, and new ideas. For the Republican Party, it's been real easy to get elected...just run on the things you already know about: guns, God, gays, taxes..you get elected! The bottom line is that our Party can no longer successfully do that, and should not...do that."
- Even Republicans from a conservative state like South Carolina get the message. GOP governor Mark Sanford told his colleagues at last week's Republican Governors Association meeting that the GOP must do better reaching young voters (66% voted for Obama compared with the 59% support Reagan received from young voters in 1984). Gov. Sanford specifically cited the party's intolerance on gay issues as one big reason why so many young voters are supporting Democrats.
- Former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele is gaining momentum in his effort to become Chairman of the Republican National Committee. The leader of the RNC will be the most important person in shaping the Party's future. Steele believes in a big tent GOP. He has worked closely with Log Cabin ally Christine Todd Whitman at the Republican Leadership Council. In an interview with NPR this week, he specifically mentioned the importance of reaching out to Log Cabin and other mainstream GOP groups as the Party looks to chart a future course.