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    October 18, 2006

    I won't claim credit…

    Posted by: Chris

    … but four days — just two not counting the weekend — after I complained on my blog that the Human Rights Campaign had yet to release its scorecard rating the votes in the current congressional session, the "nation's largest gay political group" finally did so on Monday, Oct. 16. 

    Hrc_report_card_cover It's a mystery why HRC waits so long into the election cycle to issue its scorecard, keeping gay and gay-friendly constituents from knowing the compiled record of incumbents, but it's probably the same reason HRC's website still doesn't feature a complete list of its endorsed candidates.  Here's my theory, offered last week:

    The only explanation for keeping the scorecard secret so late in the campaign is HRC's insecurity that having a strong gay rights voting record will more likely be used against incumbents than in favor of them. This is, of course, classic Democratic triangulation made famous by Bill Clinton. Gay-frendly incumbents who've survived the primaries are running to the center and to the right in the final weeks before the election, and support for "the gays," especially in the midst of the Mark Foley scandal, doesn't contribute to that strategy.

    Someone needs to remind [HRC leader Joe] Solmonese [whose entire career has been in Democratic politics] that he doesn't work for Howard Dean and the Democratic National Committee. The gay rights movement will never be won by slinking into the closet before Election Day. … If we don't show confidence that our movement's message will resonate with voters, why should we expect poll-watching politicians to?

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