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    Default Alice B. Toklas Killed Obama's Gay Letter

    The gay community in California was handed a golden vote-getting opportunity on a silver platter, pardon my metallic metaphors, when wildly-popular candidate Barack Obama sent a very pro-gay letter to the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club in June. In part, it read:
    As the Democratic nominee for President, I am proud to join with and support the LGBT community in an effort to set our nation on a course that recognizes LGBT Americans with full equality under the law. That is why I support extending fully equal rights and benefits to same sex couples under both state and federal law. ...

    And that is why I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states. ...

    Finally, I want to congratulate all of you who have shown your love for each other by getting married these last few weeks.
    Even to my Green Party eyes, I can see a terrific letter from a Democrat that would definitely help sway voters to oppose Prop 8. But, as we all know, the A-gays who ran No on 8, and the straight political consultants they outsourced the decision-making process to, chose not to use the Obama letter in any campaign materials.

    And what exactly was the reason why Steve Smith of DeweySquare, a Sacramento-based consuluting firm affiliated with the Democratic Party, did nothing with Obama's words of support for gay couples?

    The answer came from Smith at the February 26 town hall in San Francisco, and was reported on this week in the Bay Area Reporter:
    Smith also acknowledged that the campaign should have used then-presidential candidate Barack Obama's stated opposition to Prop 8. Instead, little use was made of Obama's opposition in a letter last June to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, and right before Election Day the Yes on 8 campaign sent out a mailer featuring Obama's image and quotes that he is opposed to same-sex marriage.

    "That was a close call," Smith said. "Maybe we should have."
    Smith said that people outside the Bay Area wouldn't know what the Alice Club was, but club Co-Chair Susan Christian spoke up and said that in fact, Obama's letter to the club been widely reported, including in the New York Times.
    How nauseating to know that Smith, whose firm received hundreds of thousands of gay dollars for their expertise, is such a lazy thinker.

    Instead of touting who the letter was from, all Smith saw was who the Obama was addressed to.

    It shouldn't have mattered who received the letter, just that it was from our likely next president and would have done much to influence minority and independent voters to cast no ballots on Prop 8.

    The inability of Smith and the No on 8 leaders to take advantage of the letter, and to now blame their inaction on an LGBT Democratic club named after a dead dyke rattles my queer sensibilities.

    Someone should demand a refund from Smith and DeweySquare for their political malpractice.

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    Another article: Letter from Barack Obama went Unused by 'No on Prop 8' Campaign

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    you're not making this very interestingeasy for us hun :p What's all this mean?

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    Pro-gay side had a chance to use a future president's endorsement, but they didn't.

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    In other words noz, we would call this an "epic fail" in gamer speak.
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    It could have been a strategic restraint. Perhaps they felt his endorsement would not have made a difference, but would have alienated Obama's more conservative supporters. Lose the battle to win the war.

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    ^ I was thinking something similar. It seems now, that he is already president, would have been a good time to use this. Only, my argument is, democrats believe in social liberalism.. so it wouldn't be far fetched, and I don't think it would have lost him enough voters to lose the campaign.. so I think if this was the scenario, that epic fail would still apply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not_Me View Post
    It could have been a strategic restraint. Perhaps they felt his endorsement would not have made a difference, but would have alienated Obama's more conservative supporters. Lose the battle to win the war.
    Isn't that his call? Who are they to decide his election strategy?

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    Nah. They f*cked up and they know it.

    Smith also acknowledged that the campaign should have used then-presidential candidate Barack Obama's stated opposition to Prop 8. Instead, little use was made of Obama's opposition in a letter last June to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, and right before Election Day the Yes on 8 campaign sent out a mailer featuring Obama's image and quotes that he is opposed to same-sex marriage.

    "That was a close call," Smith said. "Maybe we should have."

    The Bay Area Reporter Online | No on Prop 8 admits mistakes

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    If only Obama were really Jesus, then maybe he'd be more supportive of gay marriage...

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    Obama's letter opposing same-sex marriage ban

    The text of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's letter to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club in San Francisco:

    Dear Friends,

    Thank you for the opportunity to welcome everyone to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club's Pride Breakfast and to congratulate you on continuing a legacy of success, stretching back thirty-six years. As one of the oldest and most influential LGBT organizations in the country, you have continually rallied to support Democratic candidates and causes, and have fought tirelessly to secure equal rights and opportunities for LGBT Americans in California and throughout the country.

    As the Democratic nominee for President, I am proud to join with and support the LGBT community in an effort to set our nation on a course that recognizes LGBT Americans with full equality under the law. That is why I support extending fully equal rights and benefits to same sex couples under both state and federal law. That is why I support repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, and the passage of laws to protect LGBT Americans from hate crimes and employment discrimination. And that is why I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states.

    For too long. issues of LGBT rights have been exploited by those seeking to divide us. It's time to move beyond polarization and live up to our founding promise of equality by treating all our citizens with dignity and respect. This is no less than a core issue about who we are as Democrats and as Americans.

    Finally, I want to congratulate all of you who have shown your love for each other by getting married these last few weeks. My thanks again to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club for allowing me to be a part of today's celebration. I look forward to working with you in the coming months and years, and I wish you all continued success.

    Sincerely,
    Barack Obama
    Obama opposes proposed ban on gay marriage

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