Hahaha, gay Republicans are in-fighting:
"[GOProud has] made it clear that they just want to add a voice to the echo chamber. ... They've already said they don't want to be a people organization and have members and clubs," [Log Cabin spokesman Charles] Moran said. "Log Cabin has thousands of members across the country, and when we're in campaign season, we're out knocking on doors for candidates across the country. In the spring, Log Cabin Republicans is at gay pride parades registering disaffected Democrats and independents."
"If you're not a people-based organization, then what are you?" Moran continued. "Log Cabin is making a difference in helping move the Republican Party forward. We're part of the solution and getting things done. Anyone else who's not is just adding voices to the echo chamber."
The entire Roll Call article is an interesting read, but the big idea isn't one that we haven't heard before: Log Cabin represented the more aristocratic, Goldwater gay Republican, and it's losing influence and dying out; GOProud represents the wingnut, Limbaugh gay Republican, and they have plenty of money (or at least that's what they say).
The echo chamber bit is hilarious, though. Moran's obviously upset that GOProud's politics aren't all that discernable from any other movement conservative groups out there, which, as I posted before, is a sign of progress since they're at least not being completely rejected as perverts and America-haters by the rest of the hard-core conservative movement. But Moran's (and I'd assume LCR's) disdain for that sort of base political thought, along with statements from him that only make sense if you imagine a monocle popping out of his eye and falling into his champagne, only makes this in-fighting more comical.
The article goes into some of LCR's famous financial troubles:
Since historic Democratic victories last November, Log Cabin Republicans -- once the most prominent gay and lesbian conservative group in the country -- has effectively shut its doors in Washington, D.C.
The organization, which once had a downtown staff of a half-dozen, now has one full-time consultant on its payroll. Its top executive position has remained unfilled for more than six months.[...]
The organization also is facing competition from GOProud, a splinter group recently started by disgruntled former Log Cabin employees who are raising money at a brisk clip.
Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud, said his group could bring in $1 million before Jan. 1, double what the group had originally expected to raise during its first 12 months.
The problem here is that demonstrative of larger GOP recruitment issues - anyone who isn't in the Limbaugh crowd is having a hard time finding space in the party, and those who get pushed out are going over to the Democratic side of the aisle and don't want to be associated, in name, with the Republican Party.
LCR's worst move may have been
to endorse Kerry in 2004 [actually, LCR didn't endorse Kerry, they didn't endorse anyone. Thanks to Charles Moran in the comments, and more discussion of gay Republican endorsements in 2004 can be found here] which showed people just what sort of conservative group they were trying to be. Say whatever you want about Bush, he did get around 25% of the LGB vote in 2004. And there was a vacuum representing those people. That, along with the fact that Randian economics, misogyny, know-nothingism, and other tropes of movement conservative, ahem, "thought" are enough to get a foot in the door even if sexual orientation isn't what they're looking for, and there's room for a group of gay movement conservatives. It's all really fascinating.
LCR, instead, seems to be for a group of people who will eventually go back to the Republican Party: moderate queer Republicans who vote Democrat only because of LGBT issues. Once DOMA and DADT are repealed, I predict the percentage of gays who vote for the Republican presidential candidate will get bigger and bigger until it's somewhere around 50/50, and at least the LGBT-rights movement will have some more clarity about what it is and what it's working for.
Instead, the power's shifting and we can all get some laughs as this turns into an Odd Couple situation. He's fiscally responsible and likes to make political donations from his magnificently-appointed villa, but he's pro-life and enjoys Sarah Palin rallies. Oh, look, he just "borrowed" the other's limo and antique rifles to go defend the border. Will they ever get along?!