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McCain Chief Strategist Encourages Log Cabin

Timothy Kincaid

September 4th, 2008

The Advocate is reporting that Steve Schmidt, the strategist who currently has “full operational control” of the McCain campaign, dropped in at a Log Cabin Republicans luncheon today,

“I just wanted to take a second to come by and pay my respect and the campaign’s respect to your organization and to your group,” said Schmidt, who many view as the new architect of the Republican Party. “Your organization is an important one in the fabric of our party.”

In his brief remarks, Schmidt weaved in a personal anecdote about his lesbian sister and her relationship to him, his wife, and his children. “On a personal level, my sister and her partner are an important part of my life and our children’s life,” he said. “I admire your group and your organization and I encourage you to keep fighting for what you believe in because the day is going to come.”

UPDATE:

Minnesota Public Radio reports that Frank Luntz, a Republican pollster and leading consultant, is advising against running a Culture War campaign:

But Luntz wasn’t shy about disagreeing with the Republican activists in the room. One asked why they don’t highlight McCain’s stance opposing gay marriage and abortion.

Luntz said McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin shouldn’t focus too much on those issues, because they could drive away undecided voters.

SECOND UPDATE:

CQ Politics has a profile on Steve Schmidt

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Bruce Garrett
September 4th, 2008 | LINK

“I admire your group and your organization and I encourage you to keep fighting for what you believe in because the day is going to come.”

Let me guess…and they just let that little unpleasant fact that McCain came out in support of California proposition 8, and Arizona’s own prior attempt to amend its constitution to ban same sex marriage, just pass on by without remark. The day will come…just not necessarily before the universe reaches maximum entropy.

Be interesting to see what happens if this story gets legs beyond the gay press…

Swampfox
September 4th, 2008 | LINK

Bruce has a good point. What did Schmidt say after, “the day is going to come.” The day is going to come ….. er, for what? I am a gay Republican ………. but, I must say, I would like more leadership on gay issues from Republicans that are gay friendly. I just have to admit that I don’t think that Obama is ready to be the President of these United States of America. However, if he is elected he will get my prayers.

tristram
September 4th, 2008 | LINK

“One asked why they don’t highlight McCain’s stance opposing gay marriage and abortion.

Luntz said McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin shouldn’t focus too much on those issues, because they could drive away undecided voters.”

The fact is, as Rush Limbaugh, James Dobson and a host of other bashers have recognized, with Palin on the ticket, the candidates are the message. The theocons will vote in droves. The campaign doesn’t have to focus on gay-bashing until after the election when they pay off “the base.” Right now, when they need every vote, they can dispatch the flunkies to dispense the kool-aid to anyone who’ll drink it.

johnson
September 6th, 2008 | LINK

The GOP knows their far right, anti-gay message for the past 8 years have driven many from the party in disgust. They are laying low, trying to appear more moderate and inclusive because they need every vote they can get. But you can be sure, underneath the veneer, it’s the same old bigotry that ever was. Sad, because I used to be a Republican until the far right bigots destroyed the party.

rusty
September 22nd, 2008 | LINK

John McCain and his campaign are about to be getting all sorts of gay press.

Blogger Mike Rogers appeared on Michelangelo Signorile’s radio show today to reveal that Mark Buse, Senator McCain’s chief-of-staff, goes for the guys.

QUERTY.com

Let’s see the spin on this. . .

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