"Despite our disagreement with Governor Romney on the issue of marriage, on balance it is clear that in today's economic climate, concern for the future of our country must be the highest priority. We are Republicans, and we agree with Governor Romney's vision for America in which success is a virtue, equal opportunity is ensured, and leaders recognize that it is the American people, not government, that build our nation and fuel its prosperity."—Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper, on the endorsement of Mitt Romney by this group of gay Republicans who are evidently so privileged relative to the rest of their community that same-sex marriage is the only issue that matters to them.
And even that not so much, compared to "moral imperative" of "understand[ing] that businesses need less government regulation and lower taxes."
Ah, well, what's a little state-sanctioned hostility to bullied queer teens compared to lowering taxes for millionaires? I mean, after all, if success is a virtue then getting bullied must be evidence of a personal flaw. Get yourself some bootstraps, losers!
Listen, I get that the Log Cabin Republicans, like Republican women who want the ability to control their reproduction, calculate that voting for Republican economic policies is more important than voting for social policies from which they'll benefit. I get that they are prioritizing economic self-interest over social self-interest.
But there is a limit to the benefits of voting for one's economic self-interest when that vote will ultimately subvert the economic security of vast numbers of one's countrypeople whose fortunes are interconnected with one's own.
I am an economy voter, too—but because, in addition to a sense of compassion and compatriotism I have for my fellow 99percenters, I have rational self-interest that acknowledges we are all in this thing together.