Gay GOP group hits Hagel with ad, ignores Republican homophobes

File: Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. in 2007, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

File: Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. in 2007, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

When it comes to queer stuff, Republicans never cease to amaze and amuse me.
Here in Illinois, Pat Brady, chair of the state GOP, just came out unequivocally for same sex marriage while the crazies in Congress just authorized yet more bucks to keep defending the Defense of Marriage Act in the courts — a bill whose costs already exceeds $2 million in taxpayer money.

Meanwhile, last week, the Log Cabin Republicans, the oldest gay GOP group out there, threw away $100,000 on a full page adin the New York Times denouncing former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel because he once wondered aloud if an openly gay ambassador — whom he stupidly described as “openly, aggressively gay” — was a good idea.

What’s so wrong with that? Well, for starters, Hagel hasn’t been nominated or appointed to anything. The ad calling him out is based on a rumor — a persistent one, I admit — that President Obama is considering Hagel, an honest to God maverick Republican, to lead the Pentagon. But Hagel has been pummeled so hard for once having referred to pro-Israel forces as the “Jewish lobby,” and for expressing a willingness to talk to countries such as Iran and Pakistan, that it’s unlikely that he’ll ever actually get the nod.

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