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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Welcome Pam's House Blend Readers

Pam Spaulding posted about Log Cabin Republicans enabling response to the McCain Campaign anti-gay robocalls.

"I'm calling with an urgent Mitt Romeny [unintelligible]"

"We care deeply about traditional values and protecting families. And we need someone who will not waver in the White House: Ending abortion, preserving the sanctity of marriage, stopping the trash on the airwaves and attempts to ban God from every corner of society. These issues are core to our being.

"Mitt Romney thinks he can fool us. He supported abortion on demand, even allowed a law mandating taxpayer-funding for abortion. He says he changed his mind, but he still hasn't changed the law. He told gay organizers in Massachusetts he would be a stronger advocate for special rights than even Ted Kennedy. Now, it's something different.

"Unfortunately, on issue after issue Mitt Romney has treated social issues voters as fools, thinking we won't catch on. Sorry, Mitt, we know you aren't trustworthy on the most important issue and you aren't a conservative

"Paid for by John McCain 2008.

Yesterday, I was highly critical of Log Cabin Repubican's reaction to these calls. Part of the reason this reaction irritated me so much is that I believe that gay organizations enable candidates when they play defense on their anti-gay positions. For example, I was disgusted when Karen Clark and Alan Spear wrote a letter to the editor defending Paul Wellstone about the Defense of Marriage Act just before the 1996 election. In my opinion, it was Wellstone's responsibility to defend himself directly, not to hide behind gay surrogates.

During the 2004 campaign, I called the Republican National Committee for comment on some anti-gay flyers they had put out. The spokesperson would only speak to me "on background", not by name. She also referred me to Log Cabin Republicans. I reminded her that the flyers were not prepared and paid for by Log Cabin Republicans, and therefore were a Republican National Committee issue, not a Log Cabin Republicans issue. In a recent discrimination lawsuit against the DNC, some disturbing internal correspondance has come to light. Deb Price, a columnist with the Detroit News who covers the gay beat, requested an interview with Howard Dean. The DNC flacks were trying to substitute several much lower level alternatives. Pam's House Blend:

Deb Price from Detroit News would like to interview Gov. Dean sometime in the next couple of weeks for a column about where the party is going with respect to the LBBT community about Dean's commitment (renewed by Donald's letter), and what he thinks about LGBT issues.

I'm not completely sure one way or the other, but my sense is this carries too much reisk to do at this point. Too many of her columns (see attached) tend toward the X party or X state needs to do more variety, and it'll probably result in more pushback from the other side.

I'm not sure if she'd go for it, but maybe I can try to pitch her on an interview with Brian and suggest she talk to Tammy Baldwin (or his [sic] chief of staff) and speak speaker pelosi's office about what's to come.

Any thoughts?

Luis Miranda answers:

I'd be all for Brian and others. Not sure putting HD out there does anything other than opening us up for hits.

Karen Finney:

Try pitching brian - but it will piss her off not to get dean so be careful.

In other words, the DNC was treating Deb Price the way the McCain campaign treated Log Cabin Republicans.