As Log Cabin Republicans oppose Chuck Hagel nomination, media ‘evolves’ on what constitutes homophobia

https://twitter.com/jamespfitz/status/288391949046665217

It wasn’t until May 2012, well into the fourth year of his first term, that President Obama “evolved” on the issue of gay marriage. Now, in January 2013, the media’s stance on homophobia seems to be evolving. Many noted that Obama’s election-year evolution was handily timed to shore up his base, and the media’s new outlook, coincidentally, comes just in time to benefit Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense.

https://twitter.com/markknoller/status/288326667863199745

Conservatives have been vocal about their opposition to the Hagel nomination, even launching a #BlockHagel hashtag to spread the word that Hagel will likely be soft on Iran and no friend to Israel. The Log Cabin Republicans, though, have taken out a full-page ad in today’s Washington Post questioning Hagel’s record on gay rights. We all know that liberals fancy themselves champions of minorities, but gay Republicans? They’re a minority of a minority, so who cares what they think?

https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/287595161377202177

https://twitter.com/j_strong/status/288316707699818497

https://twitter.com/daveweigel/status/288125247851491328

See, they’re obscure. Pay no attention. Plus, Hagel’s opposition to President Clinton’s “openly, aggressively gay”¬†ambassador pick¬†was a long time ago.

https://twitter.com/BuzzFeedAndrew/status/288355696884457472

https://twitter.com/NYmoderate/status/288408132747681792

Also, the Washington editor for The Atlantic has written a personal testimonial asserting that Hagel is a “staunch defender of gay rights.” Apparently, it’s required reading.

https://twitter.com/NickKristof/status/288065034473586689

https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/288062428271484928

Are we going to let ourselves be distracted from conservatives, the real hate-mongers?

https://twitter.com/janus303/status/288392323296018432

https://twitter.com/joelpollak/status/288359192803307520

Bingo.

https://twitter.com/buberzionist/status/288396172933079041

Yeah, it looks like you’re not going to see that, either. Former Rep. Barney Frank has reportedly “dialed back” his criticism of Hagel.

https://twitter.com/libertarianeco1/status/288412955085770752

https://twitter.com/MiaFarrow/status/288317894545252352

https://twitter.com/carolynryan/status/288328689324797953

Shocking, we know. Hagel does face a fight over his confirmation, but if there’s one thing to keep in mind, it’s that conservatives opposing him are the anti-gay ones.

https://twitter.com/ananavarro/status/287227213869371392

https://twitter.com/flyoverangel/status/288064542766936064

https://twitter.com/noah_c_rothman/status/288405048906641408

Wait, Chris Matthews is confused? Where’s the BREAKING! tag?

  • traffic_robot

    ZOMG, can’t have bipartisanship when opposing an Obama nomination!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IQIGXRVWW5XRETNV25R4FATCOM ssenecal5000

    The Log Cabin Republicans are leftists.

    You can not be for “right’s garnered FR OM sexual desires, or any desire and call your self rational or conservative or libertarian. A position like that is no where on the right,
    Its 100 percent leftist and designed to cut down actual rights to all people….gay straight or purple.
    The LCB are no doubt working to lighten the opposition to Hagel’s nomination by getting conservatives a reason to support him. or at least a reason not to oppose.
    It’s all smoke and mirrors with these political activists,

    • Sonya A. Willis

      Limited government, a strong military, strong economic growth are the core positions of the Log Cabin Republicans. Stop confusing them with liberal gays who DESPISE Conservative gays.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IQIGXRVWW5XRETNV25R4FATCOM ssenecal5000

        No they aren’t , They are one issue — promoting homosexuality

    • TocksNedlog

      What a load of crap!

    • Swiffness

      See? This is how Conservatives REALLY feel: Gays are evil subhumans. That’s why this article is silly. Ya’ll don’t give actually give a damn about any hypocrisy concerning Hagel’s gay rights positions. Most of you think sodomy laws criminalizing gay sex between consenting adults were a good thing, for crying out loud.

      • Penmar

        Wrong, I think most of us don’t really care about your sexual preferences because we know that when the time comes, we all have to answer for our sins.

      • Penmar

        Wrong, I think most of us don’t really care about your sexual preferences because we know that when the time comes, we all have to answer for our sins.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IQIGXRVWW5XRETNV25R4FATCOM ssenecal5000

        Homosexuality is a developmental disorder according to the APA, ..not Jeebus, not someone’s Bible. not me , not Santa…the APA
        No one thinks they are evil, moron, just troubled , Some of you, esp you are very troubled.
        I know this because you are on multiple usernames voting down comments you dont like ,
        And nothing in my comment says anything remotely about me or anyone getting into your bedroom. In fact, my position, libertarians, and conservative’s is your bedroom is private and should not be a concern of anyone’s
        YOUR position is to take your sexlife into public , that’s what gay activists are doing.
        YOU are bringing your sex life into public , demanding we look at it, in the courts. lobbying congress, going into schools when you dont have any children.., then you scream hatred when anyone doesn’t want to be part of your sex life, that you claim they are being nosy about.
        We don’t care what you do in your bedroom, we do not care what adult you have sex with, we do not care who you love, It’s none of our business

  • TJ

    Democrats really are a cult. Everything O touches turns to gold and cleansed. Just the fact that Hagel is a republican should have been a non-started for SecDef no matter how RINO he is but as O says yes so he his cleaned and good.

  • Ralphie85

    Chuck Hagel is a”pawn” in obamas game of ruining the Republicans. He doesn’t want Hagel either…he is making it look like he does because he knows Rep will pooh hoo nomination. He will say..”I tried to reach across party lines and work with Republicans…they don’t want to work with me…I’m done”! Sound feasible?

    • Penmar

      I agree partially, I think this has been his plan all along, but think he already has someone in mind that he really wants in there and is hoping the big to-do over Hagel will ease the way for the one he prefers to appoint to the post.

    • Penmar

      I agree partially, I think this has been his plan all along, but think he already has someone in mind that he really wants in there and is hoping the big to-do over Hagel will ease the way for the one he prefers to appoint to the post.

  • SideshowJon36

    Well, it’s not like a SecDef is going to have much say on gay issues. If he were nominated for HHS or Justice, it might be different.

    • TocksNedlog

      Yeah, it’s not like anyone has ever asked anyone to tell about gay issues in the military . . .

  • Justin Case

    More evidence it’s the social issues that are hobbling the Republican party. Losing the economic fight for lack of elected officials to fight it. Oh well, pay your new taxes.

    • TocksNedlog

      And your “evidence” is WHAT? The fact that Democrats have responded by being dismissive and hypocritical?

      • Justin Case

        Yeah, that’s the evidence and nearly all of society is buying into it. However it happened Republicans are losing the PR war and consequently elections and the ability to influence policy. Get the social issues out of the politics or it’s the political Siberian forest forever.

    • http://www.4chan.org/pol La’Milton

      you’re a tool. conservatives and “right-wingers” have always stood up for the rights of minority groups. did you forget jim crowe laws were written by democrats? that the KKK was exclusively democrats? that the founder of the republican party ended slavery? gosh history and civics are hard for libs. when it comes to gay marriage, most R’s dont agree with it because its usually a matter of semantics (civil union being identical to marriage in the eyes of the law, most R’s see it as a political sideshow)

      • Justin Case

        Name calling always changes minds and wins arguments. You sure you’re a conservative? Everyone has forgotten the Republican party of old. OK? Everyone. Whatever the truth is, for whatever reason, today’s Republican party is known as the party of intolerance and blah, blah, blah. How did that happen? I did that by making an observation on Disqus? Get real. This is the perceived identity “today” and if it doesn’t change the Republican party is finished. That’s the truth. Purge the party of social issues or the “dust bin of history” is the impending outcome.

        • http://www.4chan.org/pol La’Milton

          you sound just like hitler.

          • Justin Case

            You’re hearing voices?

        • Andy Hebert

          Justin is making a good point. Social issues are hurting the Conservative movement and dividing them. And while the silly social issues are being debating, the economy is tanking, the government is growing, paychecks are getting smaller, the country’s debt is growing…All because the big issues being debated are gay rights and abortion and religious beliefs, not the real reasons the country is falling apart. And I am a GAY Independent Conservative!

  • TocksNedlog

    Has Maddow commented on this nomination yet?

  • Frank DiSalle

    Israel is in trouble, and it’s gays to the rescue ! I am LOVING it !!