05/30/11-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
One has to wonder who lesbian, gay and transgender Republicans will want for their next President. Would they rather have Rick “Man on Dog” Santorum with his Google problem and his decided hatred of LGBT Americans? Would they pick one of the others who want to gut the social safety net just out of spite, including doing away with hate crimes legislation? Apparently, they would rather not have President Barack Obama, though.
Bob Kabel recently stated
“I, frankly, was one who really believed that perhaps we were at a moment in history where his sort of optimism and sort of self-stated ability to bring people together would actually make a difference,” he said.
“But what we’ve seen in the execution during his administration has really been very disappointing – it’s actually the opposite. He’s extraordinarily partisan, he’s extraordinarily liberal, he’s really made very little effort, if any, to bring certainly Republicans and more conservative people together to resolve the nation’s issues.”
One point that the LCR and GOProud are surely pleased about is the general trend of LGBTs voting more Republican than ever before, with a 10% increase since 2008, and a whopping 31% voted GOP in the 2010 midterms.
It’s too simplistic to just continue to crow about all of these voters being self-loathing quislings, kapos, etc. To do so is at this point self-soothing behavior rather than discussing why the LGBT community is such a hard coalition to keep together politically.
IMHO, what we’re probably seeing is an inevitable trend and political split in the community. There are enough pockets of the country where social and institutionalized discrimination has diminished to the point where many Dem-identified LGBTs who would have otherwise naturally gravitated to the GOP, are now feeling comfortable enough (prematurely, I’d add), to vote Republican. This may be over fiscal or even social issues (race, class, immigration, reproductive freedom, etc.) aside from LGBT rights.
Now, well, I have to say that there is a lot more to consider than the nice ladies at PHB wrote. Let us begin with the fact that simply because 31% of LGBT Voters voted Republican in 2010 does not mean that they will do so again. This is especially true given the vehement push by the Republicans to try and keep the Defense of Marriage Act on the books, and their push on the state level to ban civil unions and same-sex marriage. When added to the fact that the Republicans have been spearheading destroying things like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security- all things that the LGBT Community want to get as guaranteed rights, it becomes difficult to say that LGBT Voters are going to vote Republican again.
How the LGBT Community votes in the future will depend upon what the Republican Party is in the future. Going into the 2010 election, many LGBT Americans wanted to send a signal to President Barack Obama about his handling of LGBT issues. He has certainly turned that around now.
As for bipartisanship, that should be addressed quickly here. Bipartisanship requires compromise. Given the fact that the GOP has refused to compromise because the Tea Party will attack them if they do, it is hard to blame Obama for the lack of bipartisanship.