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For the Log Cabins, it’s about access

September 4, 2008

I’ve read quite a bit lately about the Log Cabin Republicans’ endorsement of McCain and Palin. The big question is “Why?” and this might help shed some light:

The 2008 convention is full of firsts for the group.

“The Republican National Committee gave us space for events, a hotel room block, credentials for members — all unprecedented for Log Cabin,” the group’s president, Patrick Sammon, said in an interview. “We have a booth in the exhibition hall where delegates can go throughout the week. It’s a very significant increase in presence for us.”

On Tuesday, the group met for its “Big Tent” luncheon at the University Club, one of three major events that Log Cabin is holding here this week. Log Cabin officials say there are at least two dozen gay delegates here, though exact numbers are elusive because party officials don’t track the sexual orientation of the delegates.

People are wondering just what line of logic LCR followed when it came to endorsing, and it probably had a lot to do with this.

These people need to sell their ability to move and shake, and McCain gave that to them. Their endorsement, like many of the non-profits’ endorsements, has little to do with policy.

But this is also interesting:

Attendees at the lunch heard comments from DuHaime; anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist, who said that freedom of sexual orientation fits into his notion of “leave us alone” Republicanism; and former Rep. Jim Kolbe (Ariz.), who was the only openly gay Republican in Congress when he was serving.

This isn’t the first time Norquist spoke to the LCR. He likes them, for whatever reason. I’m guessing it’s his tax-cuts-24/7 political philosophy, but it could also be the fact that he’s on the right side of the Great Gay Republican Debate: he thinks homosexuality shouldn’t be criminalized.

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