Pam Spaulding on the secret meeting and lack of progress on LGBT issues

Pam nails it. The full post is a must-read, but these paragraphs are priceless:

We sad little know-nothings in Cheetos-stained pajamas saw this coming, but hey — we’re just rubes, politically unsophisticated, you know. Just not smart enough to understand how it all works.

Well, thankfully our movement’s movers and shakers are finally waking up to political reality — the cocktails for a few came along with a big “talk to the hand” for everyone else. Our community (or rather, those who do have access) must be seen seen as easy to buy off and stall.

Our movement has wasted the opening months of this administration trying to denigrate voices from the outside who knew our civil rights were going to get backburnered because of 1) health care, 2) the endless military debacles, 3) all other progressive causes waiting in line that have been out in the cold for years. The only way to move ahead in the line when it comes to civil rights and a group — LGBTs — is to stop the glad handing and to have a plan, not fret over the gay netroots.

The bottom line is that LGBT rights are not seen by the vast majority of potential allies as worthy of moving up the action chain because of the baseless perception that we are a political liability for elected officials and not really hurting. The black tie gladhanding is not seen as any indicator that hardball politics is going to be played. These elected officials drained our ATM to get elected. They work for us. The shuffling and tap dancing time is over, people.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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