Daily Archives: February 10, 2011

Boys Night In

Well as you may have heard there’s been a bit of a brouhaha over the inclusion of GOProud at GOPAC (see above.)

It seems that GOPAC, the big wingnut pre-presidential campaign hootenannny has elected to include GOProud, a KAPO confabulation run by Jimmy LaSalvia and Christopher Barron


that’s obviously low on members but strong on (in)famous uh “supporters” such as the charming Grover (“drown it in a battub”) Norquist


and the lovely Andrew (“Shut up! Shut up!”) Breitbart.


A recent Metroweekly cover story has most of the ghastly details (so far), making mention of Breitbart’s planned do for the occasion — “The First Annual Roy Cohn CPAC Breitbart Homocon Welcoming 80’s Extravaganza.” ( An affair the real Roy


would doubtless have avoided) but spending most of its time outlining the fact that wingnut orgs like Focus on The Family and Concerned Women For America have pulled out of GOPAC because of GOProud’s presence. In the words of the peerless Eugene Delguadio, “Radical Homosexual front groups like “GOProud” will be in attendance to push their perversion on young conservatives.”

Needless to say GOPround doesn’t see itself as a “Radical Homosexual front group” at all. In the MetroWeekly article, Barron and LaSalvia cite as their primary goals “the need to defund Planned Parenthood, end federal funding for abortion, reign in an out of control judiciary and support for a parents rigths amendment to protect home-schoolers,” and are at pains to distinguish themselves from that other right-wing gay group, the Log Cabin Republicans. “Unlike LCR, which lobbies for legislation like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and often works with LGBT community organizations (as well as Republican Party groups), Barron agitates against the entire premise of most of the LGBT organizations in existence.”

See? They hate gays and lesbians as much as any other Republican. So what’s with this “split”? Dan Savage explains.

IOW it’s not political conviction, it’s P.R.

But will it work? Not if other GOPAC-goers follow Erick Erickson’s lead.


In a blogpost hear-renderingly entitled “This is Too Much For Me” the poor dear explains.

“I have, for me, shown an amazing amount of restraint in keeping my mouth shut on an issue about which I can stay silent no longer — GOProud and CPAC.
RedState’s parent company, Eagle Publishing, Inc., is a long time sponsor of CPAC. RedState itself is helping FreedomWorks sponsor Bloggers Row. We were the sole sponsor of Bloggers Row last year. I will be speaking at CPAC at the Young America’s Foundation luncheon named in honor of Tom Phillips, my friend and also the big boss at Eagle Publishing, Inc.
I have done my best to stay out of this business, keep my mouth shut, and appreciate my friends on both sides of the CPAC divide. Had I not seen this particular attack by GOProud against long time solid conservatives I’d continue keeping my mouth shut. But this is too much. And my guess is that there aren’t many if any willing to call foul, so I will do it.
As someone who spent time trying to give them the benefit of the doubt, I accept this as conclusive proof that, while it is a Republican organization, GOProud is not a conservative organization.
Let me tell you why.
What has my blood pressure up is this particular bit from the article:

‘Of the Heritage Foundation’s decision, he says, “They’ve chosen to – and it’s a mystery to me why – but they’ve chosen to align themselves with the losers.”
Asked to explain, Barron places the blame at the feet of Cleta Mitchell, the
big-name Republican D.C. lawyer who was the attorney for the groups trying to keep marriage equality from coming to the District. Mitchell did not respond to multiple requests from Metro Weekly for comment.
”I think there’s a couple people in Heritage who, at the behest of Cleta Mitchell – who is just a nasty bigot … she got some of the people at Heritage early on fired up about this,” Barron says. ”We tried very, very hard to smooth this over and to avoid any public fight with Heritage and then when Heritage came up with their excuse about how this wasn’t about GOProud – first of all, we knew it was, we knew it was six months ago – but we were willing to publicly let them.’

You really should read the whole thing. You’ll learn that should you disagree with GOProud, you are a bigot too. In fact there are lots of delightful quotes. GOProud has taken one of the favorite leftist bullet points and brought it straight into CPAC. You oppose affirmative action? You’re a racist. You oppose gay marriage? You’re a bigot.
Wonderful trick. Sadly, it is being used on real heros within the conservative movement, including Cleta Mitchell, a board member of the American Conservative Union.
According to the dictionary, a bigot is a person “obstinately convinced of the superiority or correctness of [their] own opinions and prejudiced against those who hold different opinions.”
Chris Barron might want to look in the mirror.”

Can I get an “Oh Prunella!” ?

“Cleta Mitchell is not just
my friend and lawyer, she is one of the keystones of the conservative movement in Washington, D.C. When Sharron Angle’s campaign seemed off the rails right after the primary, it was Cleta who went in to help right the ship. It was Cleta Mitchell who stepped up to defend Christine O’Donnell when no one else would. It was Cleta Mitchell who exerted pressure on wavering conservatives to get on board Marco Rubio’s campaign. It was Cleta Mitchell who helped organize defense and offense for a host of conservative causes headed to court. It remains Cleta Mitchell who does not hesitate to give advice for new conservative organizations and pick up the phone to raise money for conservative causes and candidates.”



“In fact, let me now fully disabuse you of the notion that GOProud is a conservative organization.
While Cleta Mitchell was fighting for children, Chris Barron was signing up to work for the champions of child killing.
While Cleta Mitchell was fighting for people’s right to work, GOProud was aligning itself with the AFL-CIO and the SEIU.
While Cleta Mitchell was helping the Senate Conservatives Fund get people like Pat Toomey, Marco Rubio, Ron Johnson, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and others elected, GOProud was attacking Jim DeMint.
While Cleta Mitchell was in super secret meetings of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy this week, GOProud was attacking Tim Pawlenty for daring to defend conservative positions on don’t ask-don’t tell.
Those groups and people who have sat out CPAC this year have done so not because they hate the gays, as Grover Norquist and GOProud would have you believe, but because GOProud is not a conservative organization and its agenda is not a conservative agenda.
For that, they are called losers and nasty bigots.
These losers and nasty bigots have done a lot more for the conservative movement than GOProud. And I am very happy to call them my friends.
This week, I’d much rather be with them than be at CPAC.”

Well I can see what he mean vis-a-vis the fact that the place is apparantly infested with bedbugs.

Meanwhile Breitbart’s invocation of Roy Cohn


brought me to this 1987 Vanity Fair piece about the creepy muderous scuzzball’s last days. Here’s its grande finale.

“He took me for a last walk through the house. The red rugs were soiled and tattered. Chunks had fallen off the Corinthian columns. We took the creaking elevator up to the sixth floor, and I looked out to the sun‑tanning deck, which had buckled from the cold weather. On the fourth floor, Roy’s office was locked tight. “The firm wants to keep me out. They think I’m going to steal things,” Peter said. On the third floor, Peter opened his door and out bounded Disraeli, now a 180‑pound dog the size of a colt. The door across the hall was shut, and the Disneyland plastic sign that said ROY’S ROOM had been stripped off. One of the lawyers was letting a friend stay there. “I don’t even know who he is,” said Peter with disgust.

I left him and Disraeli and continued to the second floor, where Roy had held his parties. The only furniture left was a sofa and a faded green love seat. A pipe in the ceiling had burst, and plaster chips the size of footprints littered the hardwood floors.

Ken Burdick was by the front door.

“I’m just taking a look so I remember what it was like,” I said. “I’m glad to see that old Rolls is still outside.”

“Make an offer if you like it so much,” he said. “It’s for sale.” “

Ken Burdick was the most beautiful boy in the Gay Activists Alliance. When we’d meet in the rec room of that church in Chelsea back in ’70 (this was before the famous Firehouse) a hush would fall over the room when he’d get up to speak. His mere presence was seen as a “recruiting tool.”

That Roy Cohn would zero want to scoop Ken up is no surprise. But that Ken went along with him definitely was. I never figured he came so cheap.

I’ve no doubt he’s gone by now — like so many others of that time, good and bad, resolute and Roy.

Babs will sing us out.