Kevin And Don Respond To Being Self Loathing

Looking back at their journey from the Stonewall Democratic Club to Log Cabin Republicans, they claim it was one that was actually started by the democrats. After being told that marriage as not a priority on the agenda in 1995, they became disillusioned with the DEMS. For a decade they felt like they did not belong until they met the republicans of the Log Cabin Republican Club and discovered they too shared a dream of marriage equality. This blog is now a digital time capsule of their time as Republicans and moderated by a friend and supporter.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Log Cabin Republicans' President Patrick Sammon Responds To Karl Rove's Resignation

[Patrick Sammon (RIGHT) with Log Cabin's Andrew Dick (Left) and Don Norte (Center).]

Gay Republicans also weighed in on Rove's resignation.

"I think history will judge Karl Rove's tenure as a missed opportunity," said Patrick Sammon, president of Log Cabin Republicans. "He always said his goal was to create a permanent Republican majority, and by any measure, I think he failed that one."

"The party he inherited eight years ago was in much better shape than it is today," Sammon added. "The Reagan coalition is in tatters; our reputation on traditional GOP issues is destroyed; the president has Nixon-era approval ratings; the House and Senate are in Democratic hands; fewer younger voters identify as Republicans than at any time in a generation; and independent voters are supporting Democrats."

Sammon said Rove's strategy changed the party.

"Instead of embracing GOP values, Rove tried to transform the party into something else," he said.

Sammon also said that using gays as a wedge issue was a tactical error.

"It was a mistake to try and use gay and lesbian families as a wedge issue in the 2004 elections," Sammon said. It may have worked somewhat in that year, "but it is a strategy for long term defeat."

That became clear in 2006 "when those Republicans that tried to use gay and lesbian issues failed – anti-gay politics didn't save them." Sammon ticked off the list of defeated candidates: Rick Santorum, George Allen, Anne Northrup, John Hostetler, and Ken Blackwell.

Sammon said that he sees Rove's departure as an opportunity for the Republican Party to return to a unifying agenda that brings people together on core principles. He said that the political strategists "understand that a strategy that caters only to the base is not going to produce long term victories."

"The good thing about politics is that the market works," he added. "If the people aren't buying what is being sold, then they are not going to vote for them."

Sammon hopes that Rove's departure from the White House might dampen down talk of vetoing pro-gay legislation such as hate crimes and employment protections during the remaining 18 months of the Bush administration. He pointed out that 77 percent of Republicans don't think a business owner should be able to fire a person simply because of their sexual orientation.