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July 26, 2016

Party Unity Under Trump and Clinton- Interactive Graph

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Both Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders gave strong endorsements for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. While Sanders urged his supporters to unite with the party under Clinton, the first Lady Spoke of the importance of electing Clinton as the first female president, just as her husband changed the nation as the first African-American president.

Include the following visualizations to illustrate public opinion on issues brought up during the first night of the DNC, as well as democratic primary outcomes, and a lineup of major speakers at the DNC.

July 19, 2016

Weird Convention and Mrs Trump Plagiarizes Michelle Obama in 08


WE ARE GOING TO WIN SO BIG!!!!!! DTrump

                                                                       

Before we go into the details of why the speech failed its mission to unify the convention and maybe the Republican party, We most address something that MSNBC just found out. It seemed that Melania’s words on her speech to the convention sounded familiar to many on the media. Let’s check the last time a first lady gave a speech, Michelle Obama. So Far they have found around 100 words which are the same as Michelle Obama’s on her speech to the Democrat Convention on 2008. 

People are giving Melania the benefit of the doubt concluding that it was the speech writers that committed the deed. Something crazy to do but the thing is these people are used to saying what ever and no body challenges them. So who is going to go and check a speech given 8 yrs ago.

 On the speech of Giuliani he accused the President of the United States in being in cahoots with the killer of the Police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge. They brought a lady who is supposed  o be the mother of one of the four people killed in Benghazi (The ambassador).  She accused Hillary of personally killing her friend and son of this lady. Everybody was crying! If she believes Hillary took an F16 and flew to Benghazi from the White House where she was with the President and the head of the CIA and killed the diplomat who happened to be her friend. How could they put this crazy lady mother or not. (Is she the real mother? Now I question everything. There was no decorum just accusations and insults. Why bring this lady to cry and make accusation which are not true. Yes they follow no rules and hit below the belt. 
That does not gives you the right to say anything you want in a convention to the nation. Who puts that show?  The Republican’s do. Trump does and these are going to be the most hair raising months until the election

I thought I would have a good time watching the craziness but the craziness turned mean. Towards each other and the Current government elected by whom. Yes the american people. Even Gov Christie showed up at the end and was sitting on a chair on the side by the wall and as a reporter asked shim if Trump will eventually get the convention and GOP together for November. He said “Yes” which is the answer you expect. What I did not expect that before the reporter walked out the yelled and said “just as Hillary will.” I said he is still pissed and not hiding. Imagine all that sucking up and doesn’t even get to speak at the convention even though that is not what he expected.

They also had Chachi from a comedy series from another age. He said “Being an american is not getting free stuff”! Wao…If you get free stuff you are not an American..new rule! (code word for social security, food stamps , medicaid help and unemployment Insurance, which this guy has used many times before he made money on a long series).
I will make a projection that if the convention continues on the craziness track they will come out of it the way they went in with the same numbers and with no traditional 5% bump.

I'm mad I missed Scott Baio's speech. Yes, on the face of it, it's ridiculous, albeit rather fitting, that he was there (although Trump only asked him to speak a few days ago -- on Thursday), and that he got a better speaking slot than Joni Ernst, one of the few female Republican electeds willing to ring in Donald Trump as the GOP nominee.
What to make of that horrible management of the Ernst speaking slot. The rule-of-thumb with these things is that the people watching the first three days of a convention are typically partisan die-hards - you know, the kind of party regulars who know who Ernst is and might be jazzed to watch her. Instead, she spoke to an emptying auditorium after most Republicans had tuned out. Sad! 


Her speech was adequate. Nothing to write home about, but adequate seems to be the watchword at this convention so far. It was far better than Michael Flynn's near-endless rant, however. The Putin-loving general, who a minute ago was being floated as Trump's veep, has no future in politics. He was flailing from the moment he got onstage, trying to get the sleepy crowd to chant "USA!" along with him and mostly failing. It was somehow both manic and dull.
The star of the evening, of course, was Melania, who's spent so much of this campaign ferreted away in a penthouse somewhere. But here she was, speaking at length, talking about Donald after he introduced her. (The only moment of the night that seemed really well thought-out was how he appeared on stage in a cloud of smoke, probably because it was the only 15 seconds of night one that Trump was really invested in.)
Two very strange moments in Melania's speech. The first is that she didn't offer a single humanizing anecdote or insight into the candidate. Take out the bland references to the son she has with Trump, and that could have been any other Trump surrogate's speech.
The second, and much more glaring, strange moment is when Melania seemed to plagiarize Michelle Obama's 2008 speech to the Democratic convention.
That "seemed" there was perhaps overly polite. A key section of Melania's speech really was lifted almost word-for-word from Michelle Obama, and you'll be hearing a lot about that over the next few days, because it's such a surreal bit of incompetence on Team Trump's part. Melania told NBC earlier that she wrote it "with a little help as possible," but that was a professional speech written by a professional speechwriter. And that professional speechwriter made an almost unfathomably huge mistake.
One of the big stories of this campaign is how few professional Republican operatives are willing to get anywhere near Trump and company, in large part because they fear they'll be blacklisted in GOP politics if they do. The best and brightest in the party's warrior class aren't helping him, and are in large part embarrassed by him. That means Trump is being staffed by second- and third-tier folks, and that means screw-ups and own goals like Melania stealing a FLOTUS riff are probably unavoidable. No speechwriter worth anything would have ever let that stuff get in. 


Then again, with a candidate like Trump, maybe even the best staffers would be ineffectual. Another weird moment: Trump calling into Bill O'Reilly just as Patricia Smith, the mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith, was giving an emotional anti-Hillary speech. Putting aside whether it's wrong to trot out a grieving parent like that for political purposes, why would Trump try and compete with her? Is there no one in Trump's orbit who would tell him that's a bad idea? If there is, does Trump just not care?
Come to think of it, that Scott Baio's invitation to speak was one of the less mystifying things about the convention's kick off. The GOP loves celebrities, and isn't really run by the kind of people who can differentiate between a big get and a has-been. It's also typically run by people who know the basics, things like "don't steal a passage from a celebrated speech by the current first lady" and "don't pointlessly distract from your own damn event."
Or at least it was before Trump.

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July 16, 2016

Log Cabin Republicans Dismayed at GOP anti Gay Platform but Put their Faith on Trump



The anti LGBT GOP new platform in Cleveland still goes to proof  the jest of the Meme above still true
“Insanity is Putting your faith not on what you see, not on what you hear but only on what you wish”LAG’os
          

The Log Cabin Republicans are denouncing the party’s staunchly socially conservative 2016 platform, calling it “the most anti-LGBT platform” in the GOP’s 162-year history.
“I’m mad as hell,” the group’s president, Gregory T. Angelo, wrote in an email to supporters this week.

“Moments ago, the Republican Partypassed the most anti-LGBT Platform in the Party’s 162-year history,” he wrote Tuesday. “Opposition to marriage equality, nonsense about bathrooms, an endorsement of the debunked psychological practice of ‘pray the gay away’ — it’s all in there.

“This isn’t my GOP, and I know it’s not yours either. Heck, it’s not even Donald Trump‘s!” the email continued. “BUT … now is not the time to sit around feeling sorry for ourselves.”
The email then asked for a donation so supporters can “take back” the platform and the party.
The platform, described by The New York Times as a “rightward lurch” from the party’s hard-line platform in 2012, will be officially adopted at the Republican National Convention next week in Cleveland, The Boston Globe reported.

Mr. Trump will be expected to run his campaign based on the platform once he’s officially named the party’s nominee.

The Log Cabin Republicans previously praised Mr. Trump for his response to the Pulse nightclub terrorist attack in Orlando, calling his outreach to the LGBT community “historic.”

“Donald Trump here is showing leadership on LGBT issues, and we haven’t seen that from Republican presidential nominees in decades. Certainly, we’ve never seen a nominee so directly engage with and seek the support from LGBT voters,” Mr. Angelotold CNN at the time. 

“There’s certainly reasons to be skeptical about Trump and LGBT issues, but given his statements … and his actions, there is every indication to believe that Mr. Trump would do no harm on LGBT equality and might actually advance LGBT equality under his presidency.”

 - The Washington Times

July 14, 2016

Mike Pence for Veep and Speakers on the GOP Convention



                                                                         


The Republican National Committee on Thursday unveiled the list of speakers at next week’s national convention in Cleveland, a roster the party said emphasizes “real world experience.”

Include the following visualization to highlight some of the speakers planned to speak at the Republican National Convention.

July 12, 2016

Trump Distancing from GOP Platform but the Fight for LGBT is On



     















Same-sex marriage and transgender rights are emerging as points of serious strain between social conservatives and moderates who are trying to shape the Republican platform, reviving a festering cultural dispute as thousands of party activists and delegates prepare for their convention.

Caught in the middle is Donald Trump, who claims “tremendous support, tremendous friendship” from gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, and has gone further than most party figures to embrace them. Gays, in fact, are one of the few minority groups Trump has not singled out for criticism. But as the presumptive Republican nominee, he is also trying to assuage doubts about the convictions of his conservatism. 

The uncomfortable dynamic Trump has created for himself is perhaps best illustrated by his own calendar. He huddled last month at a Manhattan hotel with hundreds of religious conservatives, many of them — like James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council — outspoken opponents of new legal protections for gay and transgender people.

A few days later, he took what an aide described as a friendly and supportive call from Caitlyn Jenner, a former Olympic decathlete who came out as transgender last year.

One of the most contentious issues confronting delegates when they meet Monday to debate the platform will be whether to adopt a provision defending state laws that try to prevent transgender people from using the public restroom of their choice. At times Trump has criticized those laws. And he has said Jenner can use whatever bathroom she prefers at his properties.

But he has also promised not to interfere with the platform, which serves as the party’s official declaration of principles.

Even as Trump keeps his distance from the debate, other Republicans who share his more accepting view of gay and transgender issues are working aggressively to tone down some of the platform’s language. 

The existing platform, adopted in 2012, is replete with disapproval of homosexuality.It calls court decisions favoring same-sex marriage “an assault on the foundations of our society” and accuses the Obama administration of trying to impose “the homosexual rights agenda” on foreign countries.

Paul E. Singer, a billionaire Republican who has financed gay rights battles across the country, is now funding an effort to write into the platform language more inclusive of gays, lesbians and transgender people. The goal of his group, the American Unity Fund, is not to get the party to endorse same-sex marriage but to add a more open-ended statement that commits the party “to respect for all families,” though there is still fierce resistance from the right.

“We don’t have to say we’re tolerant because we are tolerant of other views,” said James Bopp Jr., a member of the platform committee from Indiana who has long supported efforts to make the platform more strongly in favor of traditional marriage. Such language promoting tolerance, he added, would be “redundant and superfluous.”

Advisers for the American Unity Fund, who say they know they are fighting a steep uphill battle, argue that the Republican Party can no longer afford to alienate people on gay rights issues. “We’ve got to make room for people with diverse views on civil marriage,” said Tyler Deaton, the group’s senior adviser. “This platform doesn’t even make room for people who support civil unions or domestic partnerships or people who support basic legal equality.”
 
The Republican platform committee has long been dominated by some of the party’s most stalwart activists. And some of them have hardly been shy about their views.

There is Cynthia Dunbar of Virginia, who has compared the gay rights movement to Nazism. Hardy Billington, a committee member from Missouri, placed an ad in a local paper asserting that homosexuality kills people at two to three times the rate of smoking. And Mary Frances Forrester of North Carolina has claimed that the “homosexual agenda is trying to change the course of Western civilization.”

Bopp of Indiana recently wrote to delegates to say that the Republican Party has always opposed threats to traditional marriage “beginning with our opposition to the ‘twin relics of barbarism’ of slavery and polygamy in our 1856 platform.”

As dominant as those conservative voices have been, delegates who want to see a more inclusive platform are gaining seats on the committee.

Many of them believe the Republican Party needs to have a serious debate this year about whittling down a platform that has grown long and become riddled with special-interest additions.

Boyd Matheson, a first-time platform committee member from Utah, noted that at 33,000 words, the 2012 platform was “six or seven times longer than the Constitution.” Recent platforms have become, he said, “these laundry lists and litmus tests of ‘thou shalts’ and ‘thou shalt nots.’”

The party’s first platform in 1856 was fewer than 1,000 words.

As an alternative this year, Matheson proposed a 1,177-word document that he said adheres to the founding principles of the party, like equal rights and economic opportunity. It contains no mention of same-sex marriage or transgender issues. “That does not elevate the discussion we need,” Matheson said.

It is not the discussion Trump is eager to have, either. Asked in a recent interview about the platform, he declined to comment, saying only that he was “looking at it.”

   

June 18, 2016

Trump and Republicans Ban Guns from GOP Convention


                                                                          

Republicans argue that mass shootings and acts of terror can be prevented if more people have guns, but if this true why has Trump made the Republican convention less safe by banning guns?
Here is a list of items that are banned at the Republican convention:

 During a rally in Atlanta, Trump claimed that if more people would have guns, the Pulse nightclub attack would have been prevented, “If the bullets were going in the other direction, aimed at the guy who was just in open target practice, you would have had a situation folks, which would have been horrible, but nothing like the carnage that we as all people suffered this weekend.”
If America is safer when more people have guns, why did Trump ban all guns from the Republican convention? Does Trump not want convention attendees to be safe? 
If Republicans really believed in the Second Amendment, they would make their convention in Cleveland open carry.  
Actions do speak louder than words, and by not allowing guns at their convention, Republicans are admitting that their claim that more guns prevent violence is not true. Republicans know that having guns at their convention would be a security threat, and would increase the risk of violence. Therefore, if guns aren’t safe enough for Republicans to allow at their own presidential convention, then why should people who have suspected terrorism links be allowed to buy a gun legally?
Guns don’t belong at the Republican convention, just as they don’t belong in the hands of criminals and terrorists. Republicans know this is true, which is why they banned guns from their convention in Cleveland.

March 18, 2016

Speaker Ryan Makes it Clear an Open Convention is a good Possibility

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 Would this be back to the future 1968? No one knows but if Speaker Ryan is serious and all indication are that he is, there would be fireworks,  I guarantee you. Trump did not have to threaten  riots on the streets for us to know it will surpass that classic year in Chicago.
The GOP has cheapened the Presidency so much, much more than when Nixon resigned. 
 They impeached president Clinton over sex. There used to be an unwritten rule of not criticizing a president during a time of war.
Once a black President was elected all the rules were thrown out the capital windows by the GOP.  From top republicans, senators, house members asking for a birth certificate “just so we can put this behind us”. The president could not have been more attacked that during the scale down of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Two wars which were stared by a Republican President. It was for Obama to clean up a n economy in shambles and two failed wars and then to still fight the people that made the mess. President Obama by following his instinct and a good consistent governing style has brought a lot of dignity back but it was still not what it was and then there was a front runner in the GOP calling for violence on the streets, following his calls for violence on his speech events.  This is why there has to be an open convention because the GOP after having been knocking the President and Presidency for 8 consecutive years, having a violent, racist, uncontrollable, ignorant on policy, etiquette and overall rules of a domesticated human being the Presidency could go to this man. To get this kind of man was too much to grasp for the GOP since its tough to see death rolling on a car to you and if that was not enough, you bought the car and its gas. The fire line is an open convention!
 Adam Gonzalez

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday it’s looking “more likely” the Republican Party will face an open convention in July – meaning, a floor fight to pick a nominee – and that Donald Trump and the party might want to accept that “reality.”

Ryan discussed the possibility with reporters as he noted he’s the chairman of the convention and will have to “bone up on all the rules.” He openly acknowledged that – even as Trump puts away another round of primary victories – a convention where no candidate has reached the necessary 1,237 delegates could actually happen this year.  

“Nothing has changed other than the perception that this is more likely to become an open convention than we thought before,” Ryan said. “So, we're getting our minds around the idea that this could very well become a reality, and therefore those of us who are involved in the convention need to respect that.”

He said his role as speaker is to be “dispassionate and to be Switzerland,” and ensure that delegates abide by the rules in making their decisions.

Ryan also tried to tamp down speculation he might be put forward as an eleventh-hour alternative to front-runner Trump. This, after ex-Speaker John Boehner made an off-the-cuff comment that he’d back Ryan if Republicans are stymied on choosing one of the three remaining candidates.

Ryan said Thursday he’s essentially told Boehner to “knock it off.”
  
“It's not going to be me. It should be somebody running for president,” Ryan told reporters.

Trump, with each set of wins, has tried to look ahead to the general election contest, which he presumes will be against Hillary Clinton. He declared once again Tuesday that he would win the nomination.

But speculation swirls over the possibility that Trump might not clinch the nomination before July.

Meanwhile, Capitol Hill leaders once again found themselves debating Trump’s candidacy Thursday.

On the Democratic side, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., accused Republicans of fostering the conditions for years that allowed Trump’s candidacy to thrive. Reid said if Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wonders where Trump came from, “He should take a look in the mirror.”

He said the anti-Muslim rhetoric on the right “spawned Donald Trump,” as did “anti-Latino” sentiments.

“The Republican Party has become without question the party of Trump,” Reid said.

Ryan said Thursday he doesn’t think he’ll have to denounce Trump’s campaign overall based on his rhetoric.

But he did scold Trump over a comment that there could be “riots” if he doesn’t win at the convention.
Ryan said to hint at violence is “unacceptable.”

September 6, 2012

The First Gay President, a Brave Hopeful Acceptance Speech





President Obama was on a TV monitor at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, a key historic site of the gay-rights movement.

The President’s speech tonight accepting the nomination of his Democratic party is one of the most moving, intelligent, detailing the future and what He and we will do. He was not afraid to use the term gays and lesbian by saying  “we are not going to blame the gays and lesbians” when we can’t reach what we ought to be reaching.
"Gay soldiers will not be dishonored or immigrant soldiers will not be kick out of this country when they come back home.” He gave us a vision of america being fair! Being strong, but at the same time money in new weapons that even the chiefs of staff ad the military don’t want, we will use those moneys to do Home building here at America. Having said that he also said America will stay the strongest nation in the world.

He quoted, Lincoln, Bill Clinton just two but the two most important ones;  But he also quoted Mitt Romney and Ryan except those quotes which were correctly given did not make those two fellows look or sound too good.
I was moved, when I was not move that much the last time. This time he did not speak as a good talker applying for a job he’s  never done but by the guy whose had the job, the president of the United States. Experienced Now and with a good outlook of what he is expected to do and will do. Not dreams like before, but realities.  Short and sweet 27 minutes that felt like 7. Charged up the party and the convention.


I ran for President because I saw that basic bargain slipping away. I began my career helping people in the shadow of a shuttered steel mill, at a time when too many good jobs were starting to move overseas. And by 2008, we had seen nearly a decade in which families struggled with costs that kept rising but paychecks that didn’t; racking up more and more debt just to make the mortgage or pay tuition; to put gas in the car or food on the table. And when the house of cards collapsed in the Great Recession, millions of innocent Americans lost their jobs, their homes, and their life savings – a tragedy from which we are still fighting to recover.
Now, our friends at the Republican convention were more than happy to talk about everything they think is wrong with America, but they didn’t have much to say about how they’d make it right. They want your vote, but they don’t want you to know their plan. And that’s because all they have to offer is the same prescription they’ve had for the last thirty years:
“Have a surplus? Try a tax cut.”
“Deficit too high? Try another.”
“Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning!”
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 The President touched on his recent announcement of support for same-sex marriage, saying at a New York City fundraising event Monday that he believes marriage equality "strengthens families."

"I want everyone treated fairly in this country. We have never gone wrong when we've extended rights and responsibilities to everybody," he said, drawing big applause. "That doesn't weaken families, that strengthens families."
Obama highlighted some of his administration's work in recent years, including the passage of health care reform and the end of combat in Iraq.
He also outlined goals he hopes to accomplish under a second term, including the repeal of the Defense Of Marriage Act, which the administration has already stopped defending.
While he did not mention Republican rival Mitt Romney by name, he drew a sharp line of contrast between his own ideology and that of Republicans, promoting a theme of "togetherness."
"It's been said this election is going to be about values. I absolutely agree. It's about the economic values we have, about the values I believe will make America so special: Everybody gets a fair shot, everybody gets a fair share, everybody plays by the same set of rules," he said.



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September 4, 2012

Key Note } Choose a Man Who Has Chosen You!





(NEWSER) – Rising Democratic star San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will take the podium tonight to extol the American success story of immigrants—who get just a little bit of help. "Texas may be the one place where people actually still have bootstraps—and we expect folks to pull themselves up by them. But we also recognize there are some things we can't do alone," Castro will say, according to excerpts released to the media. But Mitt Romney "doesn't get it," he'll add, pointing to the candidate's recent entrepreneurial advice to Ohio State students at a campaign stop. "'Start a business,' he said. But how? 'Borrow money, if you have to, from your parents,' he told them. Gee—why didn't I think of that?'"
Republicans "tell us that if the most prosperous among us do even better, that somehow the rest of us will, too. Folks, we've heard that before," Castro will say. "First they called it 'trickle-down,' then 'supply side.' Either way, their theory has been tested. It failed. Our economy failed. The middle class paid the price. Your family paid the price. Mitt Romney just doesn't get it."


 


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8% Of Delegates at The Dems Convention [Gay}




The Democratic National Convention is a watershed event for America’s gay rights movement, which never before has been embraced so warmly by a major political party.
There’s a platform endorsing same-sex marriage, a roster of speakers that includes three gay members of Congress, and a record number of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender delegates hailing from all 50 states — 486 in all, more than 8 percent of the total.
“We’ve been an underrepresented demographic in politics for a long time,” said Jerame Davis of National Stonewall Democrats, a gay-rights affiliate of the party. “Finally seeing us appropriately represented is just a thrill.”
The large role for gays and lesbians is a striking contrast with last week’s Republican convention, which ratified a platform opposing gay-rights priorities and was attended by perhaps a few dozen openly gay delegates. It also shows how far the Democrats have evolved since Bill Clinton, now a staunch supporter of same-sex marriage, signed a bipartisan bill in 1996 defining marriage as a one-man, one-woman union.
President Barack Obama took office in 2009 as a self-described “fierce advocate” for gay rights, yet for much of his first term he drew flak from impatient activists. They were frustrated that he wouldn’t endorse same-sex marriage and wanted him to move faster to enable gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.
The military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was repealed a year ago, and in May the president completed what he had called a personal “evolution” by endorsing gay marriage. Within days of that announcement, previously reticent gay donors pumped several million dollars into Obama’s campaign fund, and his backing from the gay-rights groups has been enthusiastic ever since.
The Democrats’ convention in Charlotte, N.C., this week serves as a celebration by those groups and their supporters, many of whom thronged into gay-oriented events on Tuesday. They were looking forward to speeches from three gay Democrats in the House — Reps. Jared Polis of Colorado, Barney Frank of Massachusetts and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, who is campaigning to become the first openly gay U.S. senator.
The convention marks the first time that goals were set for each state delegation in regard to how many LGBT delegates they should include. According to the Stonewall Democrats, 38 delegations met or exceeded their goal, and three states — Alaska, Arkansas and Mississippi — have openly gay delegates for the first time.
Davis acknowledged that 8 percent of the delegates might seem like an overrepresentation of gays and lesbians, given that many experts believe their share of the adult U.S. population is less than half that figure. But Davis argued that the delegate share accurately reflected gays’ importance to the Democratic Party in terms of financial support and voter loyalty.
Robert Loevy, a political science professor at Colorado College, agreed that the large LGBT contingent made political sense even it prompted a backlash from social conservatives.
“The Democrats were never going to get those votes anyway,” Loevy said. “Having gays and lesbians be such a strong presence in the party brings in some campaign workers and brings in the money... And most important, it wins the support of young people.”
The Republican Party, by contrast, did not try to tally the number of gay delegates at its convention in Tampa, Fla. R. Clarke Cooper of Log Cabin Republicans, which represents gay GOP voters, estimated that there were “a few dozen” gay and lesbian delegates, and said he was glad that his party “doesn’t do identity politics.”
“I’d hate to think I’d been selected for something because of my orientation,” said Cooper, suggesting that the Democratic Party and the Obama administration risked being viewed as pandering to gays as part of a “divide-and-conquer” strategy catering to special-interest groups.
Looking ahead to future elections, Cooper says he’s optimistic that the Republican Party will move away from anti-gay stands and become more attractive to gay voters. He noted that billionaire industrialist David Koch, a major donor to GOP campaigns this year, recently told Politico he favors legalization of same-sex marriage
For now, though, Cooper describes the GOP platform as “a stinker” that will not help Republican candidates this year because of its “aggressive and divisive language.” He said he was disappointed that Tony Perkins, a leading social conservative who heads the Family Research Council, was able to influence planks that took a hard line against gay marriage and other gay-rights issues.
David Welch, a former GOP National Committee research director and campaign adviser to John McCain, is among a faction of relatively moderate Republicans who wish the party was keeping pace with the Democrats on same-sex marriage. But he doubts that the emphasis on gay rights at the Democratic convention will provide much of a boost for Obama.
“They’re playing into the narrative that Barack Obama can’t run on the economy, and this election has to be about the politics of division,” he said.
Kenneth Sherrill, professor emeritus of political science at Hunter College in New York City, said in an online column Tuesday that the Democrats should not take gay and lesbian support for granted. He urged the GOP to compete for their support.
“The Republicans must learn to appeal to LGBT voters on the basis of promises that Republicans in office will pursue policies that will be good for the LGBT people,” Sherrill wrote for the Bilerico Project, an online aggregator of gay-rights blogs.
“And, frankly, this will be good for the LGBT people,” he wrote. “If the Republicans were to act rationally and make a serious effort to get LGBT votes, Democrats would have to be better. Our community can only benefit when both parties fight for our votes.”
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