Why Did Gay Republicans Pit Two Anti-Gay Candidates Against Each Other?

During the 2004 presidential election, South Park aired an episode in which students had to elect either a giant douche or a turd sandwich for their new school mascot. That basically illustrates yesterday’s Virginia Republican congressional matchup between GOProud’s pick Matthew Berry, a gay lawyer, and the Log Cabin Republicans’ choice Patrick Murray. Berry opposes the immediate repeal of DADT and think states should be allowed to ban gay marriage. Murray wants to overturn Roe v. Wade and thinks marriage should be between one man and one woman. It was a contest between a douche or the turd sandwich.

As we know, Murray won (wait, is he the douche or the turd sandwich? Politics can be so confusing). And while that might seem like a bummer because Berry was the openly gay candidate in this race, what’s more disconcerting is that two so-called gay organizations both supported anti-gay candidates to begin with.

Oh sure, it’s “just politics” and any Repugnican candidate has to act anti-gay for play, but were GOProud and LCR so focused on showing each other up they each just chose one of the two Republican primary challengers left and called it a day for Virginia’s 8th congressional district? It makes sense in a twisted way, by siding with a candidate each group got their name out there and hopefully their hand in the pocket of a slightly sympathetic (albeit bigoted) congressional rep. After their candidate was done condoning gay marriage bans, they could go gay-for-pay for another election season.

Polls showed Berry’s chance of unseating the nine-year Democratic incumbent Rep. Jim Moran Jr. at 40-to-44 percent. Murray could fare better, but the LCRs gotta be insane if they think Murray will help them accomplish their stated mission “to advocate equal rights for all Americans, including gays and lesbians.” Seeing that his definition of marriage is essentially anti-gay, fat chance.