First it was the inept Meghan McCain last week calling for a “gayer GOP” and now it’s former McCain adviser Steve Schmidt. Both Meghan McCain and Schmidt were avid supporters of John McCain’s moderate wishy-washy Republicanism during the campaign so this sort of makes sense.
First the report on Schmidt from CNN:
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Steve Schmidt, a key architect of John McCain’s presidential campaign, is making his first public return to Washington a bold one.
Schmidt will use a speech Friday to Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights group, to urge conservative Republicans to drop their opposition to same-sex marriage, CNN has learned.
“There is a sound conservative argument to be made for same-sex marriage,” Schmidt will say, according to speech excerpts obtained by CNN. “I believe conservatives, more than liberals, insist that rights come with responsibilities. No other exercise of one’s liberty comes with greater responsibilities than marriage.”
Schmidt makes both policy and political arguments for a Republican embrace of same-sex marriage.
On the policy front, Schmidt likens the fight for gay rights to civil rights and women’s rights, and he admonishes conservatives who argue for the protection of the unborn as a God-given right, but against protections for same-sex couples.
“It cannot be argued that marriage between people of the same sex is un American or threatens the rights of others,” he says in the speech. “On the contrary, it seems to me that denying two consenting adults of the same sex the right to form a lawful union that is protected and respected by the state denies them two of the most basic natural rights affirmed in the preamble of our Declaration of Independence — liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
“That, I believe, gives the argument of same sex marriage proponents its moral force,” Schmidt will say.
Next the inept Meghan McCain makes a juvenile argument titled “Memo to the GOP: Go Gay”:
This week, I will be speaking at the Log Cabin Republicans’ national convention in support of the gay community and its role in the future of the Republican Party. Of all the causes I believe in and speak publicly about, this is one of the ones closest to my heart.
The Log Cabin Republicans’ mission “is to work within the Republican Party to advocate equal rights for all Americans, including gays and lesbians.” The group is centered on core Republican values, such as limited government, individual liberty and responsibility, an economy based in free markets, and a strong national defense. And in the spirit of the GOP’s founding beliefs—personal freedom and liberty—they are dedicated to securing full equality for gays and lesbians in America to create a stronger, larger, and more-unified GOP.
So why are gay issues so important to me? At the most basic level, sexual orientation should not be a factor in how you are treated. If the Republican Party has any hope of gaining substantial support from a wider, younger base, we need to get past our anti-gay rhetoric. As you can imagine, the road for gay Republicans hasn’t been an easy one. Most seem to find the words “homosexual” and “conservative” inherent contradictions, much the same way so many people can’t seem to reconcile fiscal conservatism and the big-tent philosophy of freedom and justice for all. A dear friend of mine who’s both gay and Republican told me, “I find myself constantly being asked how I can reconcile who I am as a person with a party that lately has had such a gay-unfriendly message. Where I stand politically doesn’t begin and end with my sexuality. Unfortunately, there is a perception that gays with moderate to conservative views are self-loathing.” He often jokes that when he goes out, he wonders how his dates will react when they find out about his political beliefs. Then again, we have talked about if it has affected his work or career in any way and his answer is no—people are always respectful.
This dichotomy has been addressed on shows like The West Wing and in many other political commentaries in the past. Sometimes, gay Republicans are regarded in the same vein as “Jews for Hitler,” but my father garnered nearly 28 percent of the gay vote in the last election—up from the 20 percent President George W. Bush received in 2004—and there are nearly 20,000 declared members of the Log Cabin Republicans.
Note that Meghan McCain’s article was formerly titled “A Gayer GOP,” which was bad enough.
Where do I begin?
First of all, let me just shoot down the incorrect notion that dropping principles, flipping 18-0 degrees and embracing gay marriage will help conservatives win elections. It won’t, it will have the opposite affect. I don’t know if either Meghan McCain or Schmidt have noticed but in every state where gay marriage is on the ballot, it has been voted down by the people in that state. Even liberal California and Oregon are among those states where citizens voted “No” on redefining marriage as anything but one man and one woman.
Therefore, to change our views would mean we’re going against all of these voters and we’re no different than the liberals.
Meghan McCain is, frankly, annoying. I’ve seen her appear on television as a “pundit” and I gag every time. She can’t answer anything of substance, she’s like an uninformed high school student who somehow got some overnight fame. She’s using the emotional “two people love each other defense” which is pathetic, to say the least.
Here’s a memo to Meghan McCain: Why don’t you learn about conservative principles first before you unknowingly throw them all under your bus? Get a clue! Socially conservative Americans, which includes evangelicals, African-Americans and many others are not in favor of gay marriage. If we abandon this morally right position of defending the institution marriage we might as well kiss future elections goodbye. Social conservatives will vote third-party or sit out, guaranteed.
Marriage is a holy union set forth by God. To destroy that notion for some political gain is disgraceful, at the very least.
To submit on gay marriage would guarantee losses for the next 10 years, just like John McCain lost running as a Democrat-light. Do Schmidt and Meghan McCain not see that? Of course not because they ran such a brilliant presidential campaign, right?
Another memo to Meghan McCain: Re-register as a Democrat already and leave the GOP alone!