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    June 11, 2008

    Both HRCs reluctantly back Barack

    Posted by: Chris

    Clintonsolmonesereport Both of them waited until the very bitter end, and oh yes was it bitter. They waited until alternative had been exhausted; until they had tried the patience of pretty much everyone except those with a permanent address in Hillaryland.

    Then, and only then, at the end of last week and the end of their rope, did both HRCs -- Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Human Rights Campaign -- reluctantly endorsed Barack Obama for president.

    HRC the gay group actually came first, with a statement issued minutes after the campaign of HRC the candidate announced she would end (actually "suspend") her campaign the next day at a rally in Washington, D.C. For an important moment like announcing a presidential endorsement, you would think HRC would pull out all the stops -- something we know the resource-rich organization usually revels in doing.

    Instead, this is how the Obama nod got announced on HRC's Back Story blog:

    The following is from Jason Boeckman, HRC Communications and Marketing Intern. Jason is a senior at Miami University of Ohio in Oxford, OH.

    Today the Human Rights Campaign announced its support for Barack Obama in his bid for the presidency.

    That's right, the Obama endorsement was communicated by an HRC college intern. The weekly message by HRC chief Joe Solmonese was likewise lukewarm, barely containing his disappointment that candidate HRC wasn't the nominee:

    Although Senator Hillary Clinton will not be the nominee, her historic campaign inspired a nation.  Before joining the Human Rights Campaign as president, I served as chief executive officer of EMILY’s List, an organization dedicated to electing women to public office. To me, Senator Clinton’s extraordinary bid for the Democratic Party’s nomination was awe-inspiring, energizing, and a signal of all the progress our nation has made over my lifetime.

    After that kind of orgasmic praise, Solmonese comes off like he's already smoking a cigarette and cleaning up the mess by the time he gets around to the senator from Illinois:

    Senator Obama’s support for protecting our entire community from discrimination, his belief that the federal government should treat our families equally, and his conviction that patriotism—not sexual orientation—is what qualifies a person to serve our country in uniform, show promise that in our time, the dreams and hopes of our community will be shared, valued, and promoted from within the White House.

    Regular readers of this blog know that HRC the candidate was always the candidate for HRC the organization (see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here). So there was no chance that HRC would endorse Obama at a time when it might actually gain some leverage with his campaign -- the type of courageous move we saw from NARAL Pro-Choice America, which endorsed Obama in mid-May.

    Even still, you would think HRC and Solmonese would get over their "anger and grief" long enough to do their jobs.




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    1. Tim C on Jun 12, 2008 12:57:48 PM:

      They're still in mourning over the loss of their White House jobs.

    1. Tim on Jun 12, 2008 2:11:54 PM:

      well backing the wrong horse in a political race has some pretty nasty consequences I wonder if they are going to be around in another 4 years

    1. Kevin on Jun 12, 2008 3:33:03 PM:

      HRC plays the role of the craven, self-centered and utterly useless gay rights organization so incredibly well, they might as well go into the black-tie-dinner planning business and call it a day on gay rights. What do all those life coaches say? Focus on what you do best?

    1. Double T on Jun 12, 2008 5:43:30 PM:

      It has been an long ride. Yes, I've had some "run in's" at HRC with the Hillary crowd. Many, many people a year ago believed she was IT. Her peep's were everywhere. And they did not all expect a White House job.(that was weak Tim C)

      Hillary would not have had to throw anyone under the bus, they would have gladly jumped in front of the bus, if only she would give them the opportunity serve.

      The power and loyalty she commanded was truly amazing.

      Obama ran his campaign like a business.
      Hillary ran hers like a religion.

    1. Tim on Jun 12, 2008 8:06:30 PM:

      Here's to the death of dreams!!


    1. Mark Mead on Jun 12, 2008 9:03:30 PM:

      Its more than WH jobs - it was talk of Cabinet level appointments! Thankfully this is now all moot.

    1. Mark Mead on Jun 12, 2008 9:04:01 PM:

      Its more than WH jobs - it was talk of Cabinet level appointments! Thankfully this is now all moot.

    1. Mark Mead on Jun 12, 2008 9:04:13 PM:

      Its more than WH jobs - it was talk of Cabinet level appointments! Thankfully this is now all moot.

    1. Mark Mead on Jun 12, 2008 9:04:34 PM:

      Its more than WH jobs - it was talk of Cabinet level appointments! Thankfully this is now all moot.

    1. Mark Mead on Jun 12, 2008 9:04:45 PM:

      Its more than WH jobs - it was talk of Cabinet level appointments! Thankfully this is now all moot.

    1. Double T on Jun 13, 2008 11:30:26 AM:

      To read some of these comments I guess it's a good thing
      Hillary won't get elected President.

      HRC would have had to shut down for lack of employees. As they would be filling positions of on the cabinet, supreme court, ambassadors, adminstrators and of course the clergy.

      I guess Hillary really was satan. I'm so naive, I thought she was just a pushy politician.

    1. Hawyer on Jun 13, 2008 3:02:46 PM:

      If the gist of this post is to opine that a president Obama will punish gays because HRC slobbered all over Hillary --- then I'm not going to lose much sleep over it.

    1. Kevin on Jun 13, 2008 5:35:35 PM:


      Nope. Satan.

    1. anon on Jun 17, 2008 10:10:01 AM:

      Wow. It is utterly repugnant to observe how Sen. Clinton is treated after she has been an unfailing advocate for and supporter of gay rights. I know she will remain at the frontline for this community's fight despite fair-weather friends and spiteful treatment displayed by these arrogant comments.

    1. Kevin on Jul 3, 2008 3:25:25 PM:

      "Unfailing advocate"????? What planet are you on? By that definition, Gov Schwarzenegger is Christ Himself. Tell us another one, fella.

      And so much for "fair-weather friends" who post anonymously.

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