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Can Republicans Stretch The Gay Vote?

The Republican presidential candidates best start kissing some gay ass, because their queer constituents don’t seem too keen on any of ‘em – particularly the social conservatives:

Gay Republicans view the next few weeks as directing their party down one of two fateful roads. As one predicted off the record, picking Mike Huckabee or Mitt Romney, who are intensely wooing religious conservatives, would be “the Thelma and Louise moment” that would send the Republican Party off a cliff.

Or as Jim McFarland, an Austin 12-er who is vice president of the gay Log Cabin’s Wisconsin chapter and a Giuliani backer, puts it, “The future of the Republican Party depends on who the nominee is. We could see the demise of the Republican Party. If it continues down the road of focusing on motivating fundamentalist Christian voters, that will fail.”

We’ve been saying that for months.

Meanwhile, don’t forget the gays have been throwing their green to Giuliani, which is really the only logical place to throw it in the GOP. The supreme Republican queens over at Log Cabin Republican will not endorse a candidate during primary season.

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Jan 2, 2008
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  • 1 Comment
    • ee.em.bee

      Like Giuliani will do anything for LGBTs if (in one of many nightmare scenarios) he is elected president. He’ll be so busy pandering to his conservative base to prove his rightwing bona fides as a foreign policy toughguy that he’s hardly going to take on a fight against DADT or DOMA, or for civil unions or ENDA. Ain’t gonna happen.

      There are NO “logical places” for GLBTs to throw their support in the republican party. The dems pay lip service to us (and not in THAT way) and MIGHT get around to doing something symbolic (a watered-down ENDA, or a newandimproved DADT–none of them are going to push for civil unions (or god forbid marriage) or a DOMA repeal. But they’re less likely to do serious damage–unlike the repubs.

      So if the Log Cabinites are throwing support to Giuliani because they think he’ll do anything pro-LGBT in the white house, they’re just wrong. If they’re supporting him because he’s the least crazy of the assorted wackos running for the repub nomination, that’s another argument.

      Jan 2, 2008 at 6:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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