Is notorious flip-flopper making promises to Log Cabin Republicans behind closed doors?
After speaking with the Log Cabin Republican's executive director, R. Clarke Cooper, The Nation's Ben Adler theorizes that the Governor may have made a big promise to the LCR regarding the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The act will protect gay, lesbian, and trangender Americans from employment discrimination.
The question is, will he keep it once his anti-gay supporters (who he's also made promises to) get wind of it.
More after the jump.
"Romney’s greatest asset as a politician is his total lack of integrity, honesty or consistency. He is perfectly willing to go before the religious right one day and pledge fealty to them, and the Log Cabin Republicans the next day to do the same. And, apparently, that is what he has done, in private. Cooper asserted repeatedly that, “with a President Romney we’re confident we can work with him [on ENDA].” But when asked why, Cooper offered only reasons that Romney should work with them: that discrimination is a form of economic inefficiency and impediment to job growth. But you could make the same argument to any president. The question is what Romney has said that gives them such confidence. Cooper says, “Romney been clear in his opposition to workplace discrimination.” As I’ve written before, Romney has spoken of his personal preference not to practice discrimination, but he has not actually publicly called for outlawing workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Cooper said he would e-mail me Romney quotes I may have missed that do call for such legislation, but as of this writing he had not done so.
As I continued to press this point, Cooper blurted out, “Have you met with Romney’s domestic policy team?” And therein lies the answer to how Romney secured LCR’s endorsement. His advisers have privately assured LCR that Romney supports ENDA, even though he so fears the wrath of the religious right that he will not adopt this position in public. (Although ENDA polls very well, major social conservative groups, such as the American Family Association, continue to oppose it and demand that Romney do the same.)
Given that Romney is a reflexive liar, the question then becomes why LCR chooses to believe Romney. For that, I have no answer other than wishful thinking on their part."
So...is Adler just speculating or has Romney made actual promises to the Log Cabin Republicans?
More importantly, if he has made promises to support and push through ENDA, will he keep those promises? (We're already imagining the calls from Bryan Fischer and Tony Perkins...)
What's your Instinct?