Angry Gay Voters Could Punish Obama and the Democrats

Monday, October 25, 2010

As President Obama roams the country in the days before the November 2 midterm election, desperately trying to rally support from nation thoroughly disenchanted with his administration, the president and the party have lost the support of one of its most reliably Democratic groups: gay Americans.

Across the country, activists say gay voters are angry at the lack of progress on a variety of issues. From eliminating workplace discrimination, to uncertainty over Mr. Obama’s commitment to repeal both “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act, as well as the administration’s failure to improve the employment outlook. Some are choosing to sit out the midterm election or look past the Democrats for other candidates.

Kate Coatar and James Wyatt are two such voters, Coatar is seriously considering voting for Green Party candidates instead of Democrats, whom she normally supports. Wyatt won’t cast a ballot at all because he no longer trusts anyone to fight for causes important to him.

President Obama shot himself in the foot with the controversy over the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy when less than two weeks before the election, a Federal judge overturned the ban, then Obama’s Department of Justice decided to fight the judge’s decision by filing an emergency appeal. While the president prevailed and won the battle, he very likely lost the war.

Coatar said:

“It’s all talk and nothing’s happening, and I’m just over it. I don’t know who to vote for and the election is a week away.”

Wyatt sounded even more disillusioned:

“Once they’re elected, they’re not fighting for things like civil unions or same-sex marriage or ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ because they’re hot-button issues. We’re just used as a piggyback for them to get into office. It’s absurd.”

Volunteers for Equality Illinois who’ve been calling its 18,000 members to urge them to vote have been getting an earful. Many members say they won’t vote or will vote against incumbents as punishment, regardless of their party affiliation or stance on gay issues.

This year’s midterm election is a stark contrast to 2008, when the gay community turned out in droves to elect then-Sen. Barack Obama and help Democrats regain control of the Congress.

Rick Garcia, director of public policy for Equality Illinois said:

“People were clamoring and very excited about the change candidate Obama promised America. Now I see lethargy at best and disgust at worst.”

Robin McGehee, co-founder and director of the national gay-rights organization GetEQUAL calls the mood among gay voters a “disappointment canyon.” She is refusing to donate to or volunteer for any candidate this year and members of her group are protesting wherever President Obama appears on the campaign trail.

“We can’t not take advantage of the right to vote, but that doesn’t mean we can’t vote smartly. If I was a leader in the Democratic Party, I would be worried. Right now we’re being treated like we’re worth losing.”

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18 Responses to Angry Gay Voters Could Punish Obama and the Democrats

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    The old Democratic saw of, “The Republicans are even worse, so reelect the Democrats,” no longer has any traction when the incumbent Democrats are every bit as bad as the Republicans by their inaction on gay rights issues. For decades, the Democrats have taken for granted the gay vote. No more. It’s a new day and Democrats haven’t caught up to this yet.

  2. Brigadoon says:

    I’m so damned tired of the “change takes time” mantra from the O-bots. No, change doesn’t take time when you have a real leader and not a president who is committed to the status quo. Then, top-down change happens with the signing of an executive order. Siccing his DOJ on DADT and appealing it was the last straw for me. I want all the incumbents punished for this. Vote Green, vote GOP or don’t vote at all. The Democrats must be taught a lesson in 2010.

  3. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    Frankly, I’ve had all I can stomach of being patronized by my fellow Democrats and President Barack Obama.

    This president campaigned to repeal DADT and DOMA. Two years in, and the president is doing all he can to make certain DADT remains on the books. Even when he’s handed an opportunity to repeal it by judicial process. It’s remarkable. And DOMA isn’t even on the DNC’s website under Civil Rights issues.

    What I’ve learned over the past two years is simple. The Democrats become pro-gay when they want to win an election, then the speeches are made and the donation plate is passed around. But once in office, the Democrats act like they don’t know us. They throw us under the bus and act like we smell of shit.

    I’m not voting on Nov. 2nd. There, I said it. Enjoy early retirement, Dems. You’ve earned it.

  4. Marcus Ybanez says:

    The gay and lesbian community has matured and no longer suffers from battered spouse syndrome.

    There are numerous reasons to punish Mr. Obama and the Democrats on November 2nd and in 2012.

    Consider:

    Obamacare will unravel Medicare, transferring vast sums from the Social Security Trust Fund to help pay for it.

    Then, there’s the issue of obstruction of justice for those who carried out torture in Iraq and in Afghanistan. The Obama DoJ can appeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” with ease but ignore human rights violations.

    This leads to the escalation of the war in Afghanistan. 100,000 troops and for what? Empire?

    Then, there is the violation of constitutional rights through illegal, domestic wiretapping. Obama is no different from Bush on domestic spying. He loves it.

    All of which leads me to the Obama administration and its refusal to protect the US border with Mexico as crime from the drug wars continue to spill into US towns and cities.

    If this president and his party refuse to man up and set a course different from the GOP, then give me one good reason to vote for them on Nov. 2?

  5. feminazi says:

    Until I read Matteo’s link on a previous thread to the NEWSWEEK article written from the perspective of law professors citing the numerous options Obama had with regard to appealing Judge Virginia Phillips’ decision to overturn Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, I admit I was one of those sheeple who believed Obama had no choice but defend an unconstitutional policy. But, I was wrong and I learned something important. I am left to conclude this president’s commitment to gay rights is thin. I don’t think he’s a homophobe just a typical Washington politician on the make.

  6. Miss Courtet says:

    Reward incompetence? I don’t think so!
    Reward inaction? Hardly, my sweet!
    Reward the status quo? It’s 2010, not 1910!
    Reward the DINO Dems? How does this help me?

    Stop dissing me and then I might reconsider. But not this Midterm.

  7. Harry says:

    The DADT debacle is proof Obama never had a plan to deal with LGBT issues. Stop blaming Rahm Emanuel for his failures. The blame lies with Obama.

  8. R.J. says:

    I have no choice but to vote. Meg Whitman would fight to keep Prop 8 on the books and Carly Fiorina is so far to the right on social issues I have to vote for Barbara Boxer.

    I’m waiting for 2012 to inflict my punishment.

  9. Rinaldo says:

    I want you all to get up out of your chairs, walk over to the window, open it, and shout out .. “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any longer!!”

  10. okjimm says:

    “disappointment canyon.”—— OK. I can accept that. But…as RJ said, ” I have no choice but to vote.”

    If anyone thinks that anything will get better under TeaBagger candidates or off-the-wall Repubs… think again. Disappointment Canyon could well be “we-are- really -fucked -now” gulch. I am not happy about a lotta things NOT done under the Obama admin (like getting the hell out of two wars)….. but everytime I think, ‘this sucks’ I think of life under Sarah Palin.

  11. Rachel says:

    There must be political accountability. If we live in a meritocracy, just because you’re a Democrat or just because you’re America’s “first black President,” isn’t enough. I absolutely agree with the gay anger being expressed here and on other blogs.

  12. DMason says:

    80% of the American people support repeal of DADT, as does Obama’s BFF, Colin Powell but, Obama is one of the most arrogant, tone deaf son-of-a-bitches I’ve seen in politics. He’s appealed DADT and DOMA and thinks we’re going to vote for his party just because they’re Democrats. He’s clueless and a week from this Tuesday, Obama will pay the price.

  13. bradfrmphnx says:

    We have very little say so in who can be elected. The amount of money it requires to get on the ballot and run a campaign limits the candidates to whoever can garner the most campaign contributions. Now that the Supreme Court has given businesses from all over the world the right to contribute an unlimited amount of $$$’s to a campaign that ensures that special interests will be the string pullers of any puppets we may put into office, be they Dem or Repub. In short it doesn’t matter who you like, or what you want…it has already been decided for you what you will get. Our election process has turned into a monopoly that is controlled by special interests even more so today than yesterday. How’s that for transparency?

  14. Seabec says:

    bradfrmphnx is correct.

    We just watch the circus passing by.

  15. Jim says:

    I say good riddance!!!

  16. Jolly Roger says:

    We could, conceivably, do what Pat Robertson did, and run people at the bottom level, and work them up to the top. It’d take awhile, but it’d be worth pursuing; this generation of dems is every bit as bad as a lot of the Rushpubliscums.

    Having said that, I am highly unlikely to do anything that might help a Rushpubliscum get elected. There’s time enough to settle accounts in a couple of years.

  17. Vivzzz says:

    Obama is truly a disgusting piece of shit. He’s a liar and a coward and until he accomplishes the bulk of his 2008 campaign promises — which include the repeal of DOMA and DADT, I have no use for him. He’s had two years and there’s nothing to show for it except an escalation of the Afghanistan war.

  18. M D says:

    So how do you all feel now that DADT is repealed? It should be obvious that you all had unrealistic expectations of Obama and the Democrats.

    American’s instant gratification mentality will be the death of them.

    Because he couldn’t get everything you wanted right away you decided to punish him by not supporting the Democrats in 2010. Now it will be even harder for any progressive initiatives to pass.

    I’m sure everyone will jump to apologize for claiming Obama and the Democrat’s commitment to DADT’s repeal wasn’t real.

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