Log Cabin Republicans’ Tasteless War On Jared Polis Continues

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The Denver Post's Lynn Bartels keeps the non-AM radio, non-print news world up to date on the Log Cabin Republicans, "the nation’s original and largest organization representing gay conservatives and allies who support fairness, freedom, and equality," and their ongoing campaign attacking Rep. Jared Polis over his support for ballot measures to enhance local control over oil and gas drilling:

The Log Cabin Republicans are back with another attack on Rep. Jared Polis, this time using his background in internet floral delivery to ding the Boulder Democrat over his support for ballot measures that critics say would cripple Colorado’s oil-and-gas industry.

The national conservative group took out a full-page ad in Monday’s Denver Post that featured a bouquet of roses with a card that read, “Dear Colorado: Sorry about the lost jobs, the good news is your energy costs will be higher. Best, Jared.”

The role of the principal LGBT Republican organization in attacking Rep. Polis over these ballot measures invites obvious questions about how this fits with the organization's stated mission:

Some have questioned why the group is targeting Polis, the first openly gay man elected to Congress, but Angelo said the issue is not sexual orientation but sound business policy. [Pols emphasis]

So folks, you're free to accept at face value that the nation's principal Republican LGBT advocacy group is not launching cheeky paid media attacks on the first openly gay man elected to Congress, on an issue totally unrelated to their mission, because Polis is gay. But there's simply no other reason for them to be attacking Polis than the fact that he is gay, and everyone knows it. It's more than stupid for the Log Cabin Republicans to deny it, it's an insult to the intelligence of everyone who hears them deny it. Of course they are attacking Polis because they are gay, and because Polis is gay, and because in a conservative media strategy roundtable meeting, this offensive tokenism made some kind of misguided groupthink sense. At best, this campaign against Polis is a distraction from the Log Cabin Republicans' stated mission, and at worst, it makes a mockery of their mission.

If we had ever given a dime to the Log Cabin Republicans, we'd be on the phone, and we wouldn't be happy.

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  1. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    Sorry about the lost jobs, the good news is your energy costs will be higher.

    The most ludicrous part to me is that neither of these are true. The first one, not necessarily so and the second, definitely not. I don't know who writes their copy, but they are liars.

  2. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    10-4, on that Michael. That trend will continue to grow. Someday, pray sooner than later, fossil sunshine will be no more useful than as feedstock for industrial materials production. Real time fuel sources that can be accessed without excavation or drilling should be the priority for ALL political entities.

    If it were so, how long before we could clean up our skies and our water supplies.?…Not too long, I would wager.

    • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

      Last month, German energy prices went negative for a short time.  The Germans (wisely) give a priority to green electrons in their national grid.  While they met over 70% of their demand from renewables on one day last month, they are now generating 27% of their average demand from those same sources.  They are on pace for that number to hit 50% in the next five years.  From my time in Germany last year I witnessed rural communities that now prosper; a German, energy-intensive manufacturing sector that knows it's going to win the global 'competitiveness' game by moving to this abundant, cheap source of power.

      This is a complete mind shift in energy thinking:  Germany is demonstrating that we are literally drowning in energy.  The old lie that our only 'cheap' energy is a finite, fossil source that exasperates our climate (and by default, economic) challenges is so laughably debunkable its almost not worth mentioning.  The reality is that we are drowning in energy from the that great nuclear reactor in the sky.  We lack nothing but political will to make the transition. 

      Cheap and abundant energy, what we built our American economy upon, is once again at our fingertips.  I've said it before and i'll say it again:  we didn't leave the Stone Age becasue we ran out of rocks.

  3. SocialisticatProgressicat says:

    Although I think it's great that Jared is open about his sexuality (and I wish that wasn't something special), I believe that Gerry Studds (was the first openly gay rep elected (well, re-elected after coming out).

  4. SocialisticatProgressicat says:

    As for the LCR, the part that cracks me up is that this sort of thing (conservative group to diverse individual) has to be planned in the Republican Party.  In the Democratic Party you're as likely to get someone who matches their opponent's diversity by chance as by intent.  If it's not a white, upper middle class or higher male Republican who's yelling at you, they designed it that way

  5. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    Interesting point. There must be someone in the LCR that sees the sad audacity of this and objects to it…

  6. HarleyHarley says:

    Does anyone really read the the Denver Post any more?

  7. notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

    I do. I get a lot of my news online and half the time i have to go online to get the whole story (that the Post clipped) but it leads me to interesting connections I probably wouldn't find on my own. Sometime I make a game of seeing just how much of any given paper I can send straight to the recycle bin; thus reducing a 24 page front section down to 6 pages.  

  8. ajb says:

    Full-page ad in the Boulder paper today, too.

  9. FrankUnderwood says:

    So the Koch brothers now have a lavender subsidiary in the Log Cabin Club.  I'm guessing Mary Cheney would be the logical middle person between oil and gas interests, and the GOP's outreach (so to speak) to the GLBT community.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Ding, ding, ding !!!

      This alleged group is yet one more AstroTurf conduit / facade for GOPer propaganda. Their "information source" is the same daily e-mails and screed that our illiterate librarian pisses (sic) along. 

  10. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    Phoenix Rising pointed out that the ballot language for Initiative 75 (posted here directly from the Secretary of State's site) is way too broad. It's basically a Libertarian manifesto. It's now called "Right to Local Self-Government," and

    IT HAS NO FRICKING REFERENCE TO RESTRICTING DEVELOPMENT OF OIL AND GAS!!!! Doesn't mention fracking. It's all about how local communities can basically set their own laws and regulations independently of state and federal laws. It's almost a secessionist bill of rights. 

    Excuse the all caps yelling. But steam is coming out of my ears at the moment. Something happened, in between the modest language of local control:

    (3) Grant of authority 

    (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, local governments may restrict the time, place or manner of oil and gas development, including but not limited to prohibitions or moratoria.

    1. (b) Such restrictions are deemed not to be in conflict with the state’s interests.
    2. (c) No local government may enact any rule on oil and gas development that is less protective of any interest, including public health, welfare, safety, or air or water quality, than any other existing Colorado, federal, or concurrent local provision.

    and that CRAP which, if people are ignorant enough not to read the language, will be on the ballot next fall. 

    So I'm not surprised, now, that Polis is backing away from this. He wouldn't want to be associated with initiative 75 in its current form. Only a very few libertarians or secessionists would.  

    I don't know what happened. I don't know Cliff Willimeng or "Lotus" no last name, who are listed as the sponsors of I 75. I suspect some dirty tricks happened, but it doesn't even matter, I guess, except to beware of similar tricks in the future. 

    Back to the goddam drawing board, say I. 


    • SocialisticatProgressicat says:


      Yeah, there's a lot of nonsense in the initiative process designed to confound the voters. The set that Polis supports is in the 85-93 range.  Cliven Bundy approved 75 is not on of them.

      Here's a list Lynn Bartels was nice enough to complile.

    • Slight correction: it's a hippie Libertarian's manifesto – after all, it makes repeated claims to the rights of "nature".

      • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

        And Phoenix, philosophically, I'm there. I do think that people should consider their local resources and ecology when they choose how to develop their communities.  I think "nature" has "rights" to consider. Initiative #89 attempts to encode that philosophy.

        But we're in a dirty street fight here with an industry that doesn't want any communities curtailing anything about how they operate, and people are dying and getting sick from effects of oil and gas development,  and if we're getting the buy-in of Coloradans, we need to get all cut-and-dried legal and specific. 

        Thanks, Pcat, for posting the list, which I will paste below:

        Here's a look at the energy, local-control and related measures that still are standing and a brief breakdown by subject. Nine of them are backed by Congressman Jared Polis.

        Polis-backed measures involving increased setbacks from occupied structures

        No. 85: increases setback to 1,500 feet; declares there is no compensation to the mineral-right holder for that 1,500 feet because it's not considered a taking by government

        No. 86: increases setback to 2,000 feet; same taking language

        No. 87: increases setback to half-mile; same taking language

        No. 88: increases setback to 2,000 feet; does not have taking language

        Polis-backed measures limiting or prohibiting oil and gas development or operations

        No. 90: allows cities and counties to prohibit or limit oil and gas development; not considered a taking

        No. 91: allows cities and counties to prohibit or limit oil and gas operations

        No. 92: allows cities and counties to prohibit or limit oil and gas development

        No. 93: allows cities and counties to limit oil and gas development; not considered a taking

        Polis-backed measure

        No. 89: environmental rights amendment initiative

        Read more: Colorado energy measures expected to attract big names, deep pockets – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_25743740/colorado-energy-measures-expected-attract-big-names-deep#ixzz34B3MQAN5


        • I think at the least that we need to have broader consideration of nature when it comes to our actions – and that some species have enough intelligence and/or empathy that we need to start evaluating our actions under tougher standards that include their wellbeing.

          I was merely commenting that no truly Libertarian manifesto would have included nature. A true Libertarian would assume that any being intelligent enough to deserve consideration would fight for their own rights.

  11. Arvadonian1Arvadonian1 says:

    While Log Cabin Republicans are launching an attack on Jared Polis, their own partisans in Texas have just taken the postion that they should all be brainwashed/tortured out of existence.  Perhaps their priorities are a bit misplaced?

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