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February 24, 2010

Homocons Come Out: Hey You Think We Should Do Something About that Obama Guy?

So this past weekend at CPAC, the legacy media, Democrats, and a few sheltered folks who really can't be blamed for anything found out something that everyone here at the HQ already knew: there are out gay Republicans and conservatives aren't going to stone them to death just for sharing political space.

No, seriously, I'm happy Big Journalism has a post about "the milestone for gays." I'm pleased that Lefty gay bloggers are wondering out loud what will happen when other gays find out. It tickles me that an American Family Association blogger is ticked off at Ed Morrissey for being too nice to gays and tickles me more that a Greenroom blogger has taken the accusation and run with it (and how!).

But let's not start suckin each other's dicks quite yet, gentlemen. The point of all this go-along-to-get-along harmony is that we've got bigger fish to fry. The take-away from the CPAC straw poll that found opposing gay marriage at the bottom of the list of things conservatives are interested in at the moment is not that the marriage issue isn't important. The conclusion is that it's simply not as important as defeating Obama's anti-prosperity expansion of government and unsustainable taxing and spending.

The Democrats' opportunity to perpetrate long-term damage to the United States with things like cap and tax, ObamaCare, "comprehensive immigration reform", and card check, just to name a few, represents the closest we've come to an existential threat in decades.

So we can stick together at least a little longer, which means not being asshats to each other. I believe that part of why Ryan Sorba got booed off the stage wasn't because of his anti-gay message. It was because he rudely attacked the very people who gave him a podium. It was a dick move and he didn't win any friends by it.

Single-issue conservatives, like Ryan Sorba, and single-issue identity groups, like AFA, will have a hard time getting along with others in the movement if they don't want to deal with Obama and the Democrats before attacking each other. Which is why I appreciate GOProud's advocacy on defeating ObamaCare, opposing Democrats' reckless spending, and giving Americans tax relief, even while the group maintains its support for gay marriage and DADT repeal.

I tend to hope, of course, that alliances will last longer than just the immediate crisis and I admit to an ulterior motive in encouraging gays to come out as Republicans and get involved in the movement. I will continue to share my belief that the government should not discriminate against gays in administering the civil benefits and responsibilities of marriage and that the dignity and indisputable value of marriage will benefit gays and straights as gay marriages becomes more common. But I'm certainly not going to boo anyone who wants to have a civil argument about it.

So while it's nice that homocons have had a spotlight this past week from bloggers on the Right and the Left, and from the legacy media, let's not get distracted. The President is still trying to cripple our healthcare system. His activist EPA is going forward with carbon dioxide regulation even if the Democratic Congress doesn't pass a climate bill. He's almost certainly going to get to replace another Supreme Court justice this year. And we've still got the November 2010 elections coming at us. Eye on the ball, folks.


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