I’m an Atheist, but I like most Theists. Really, I do. Admittedly I don’t agree with them, but I’m also strongly for the idea of to each his own. But, sometimes some of them can be real pains in the tuckus.
When the news broke that former Bushinista and RNC Chairman Ken “Bud” Mehlman is gay I just thought it was an interesting news tidbit. I so readily accept the fact there are gay people in all walks of life – and that many people don’t like it one bit – that I don’t always give news like this the attention it deserves.
Then, I saw this article in which blogger Mike Rogers suggested Mehlman might make amends to the gay community for the damage he’d done to gay rights by donating his, “fabulous $3 million condo … to the cause that he worked so hard against.”
Three mill seems a bit steep for a modern day Benedict Arnold. Being a hypocrite is a free perk that comes with the First Amendment. After all, the Constitution allows free speech, it doesn’t say anything about hypocritical speech.
The Pogrom of the Grand Old Paranoids
I’m not much for outing people against their will. I figure that’s no one else’s business, regardless of their sexual orientation. But then, Mehlman wasn’t your everyday closeted gay person either. He had a position of power which he exercised against himself and millions of others at the behest of the Grand Old Paranoids.
His overlords at the party knew of his orientation, but decided that a trusty attack dog was more important to the cause than being up front with their constituency. Anything’s fair in love and politics – well, maybe not in unnatural, scary gay love – but certainly in politics.
Commander Bunnypants apparently knew of the “problem” as did The Big Dick™ who is double damned for taking a hard line against gay marriage, which his own daughter might’ve otherwise enjoyed. Of course, Dick changed his tune (with caveats) after leaving the White House, which makes him double-damned and a flip-flopper.
The subterfuge isn’t particularly unusual, every few weeks there are similar stories. What is interesting, however, is how many Bushinistas used Mehlman’s reliably straight male injunctions as proof that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was a sensible policy. Mehlman even said so himself and worked closely with Team Bush to craft that message.
Now that the administration’s discordant stance is a little better known, how many of the sanctimonious, anti-moral relativity crowd will react? Will they take to their soap boxes like Mr. Mission Accomplished climbed the mountain of World Trade Center rubble? Will they have megaphones in hand, ready to denounce their former leader or renounce their still shaky moral stance?
Ironically, Mehlman Can’t Join the Military Now
Here’s a case in which the Commander-in-Chief, vociferously opposed to gays in the military, didn’t follow his own logic when it came to his minions. Instead, he placed a known gay person in charge of explaining how gays were a national security danger. It’s not clear who asked or who told, but clearly the White House knew. Even though he wasn’t in the military, and ironically can’t join now, Mehlman was certainly a bigger cog in the national machine than a PFC choking on burning Afghan dust.
Suggesting one can be both for and against gays seems like a large contradiction for a policy usually defended on moral grounds. It’s a stance that tacitly says a soldier or administration policy advocate is somehow less gay if people don’t know the truth about them.
I’m confident that most of the DADT/Prop 8 crowd will stay as mute as humanly possible about Mehlman – these things are difficult to explain away. But, in the end it may not mean anything. The Bush administration will have to live with their actions, as will Mehlman. I can have some empathy for the man, but I suspect neither will lose much sleep over it. Their long-winded, anti-gay speeches notwithstanding, morality was always just a talking point for them anyway.
As I said, the First Amendment tolerates hypocritical speech, but valid claims to superior morality … not so much.
- Question time with Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic on Mehlman (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Wayne Besen: Ken Mehlman’s Difficult Path to Redemption (huffingtonpost.com)
- Ken Mehlman Reaps What He’s Sown (pinkbananaworld.com)
- New York Times Fascinated That Republicans Don’t Care That Ken Mehlman Is Gay (outsidethebeltway.com)
- The Most Powerful Gay Republican in History (gayrights.change.org)
- Open thread for night owls: Ken Mehlman (dailykos.com)
- “BREAKING: Former RNC chair Ken Mehlman comes out as gay man” and related posts (gay.americablog.com)
- Does Ken Mehlman Fail His Barmitvah Covenant? (lezgetreal.com)
- Thoughts on Ken Mehlman | Michael Tomasky (guardian.co.uk)
Almost everything has unintended consequences. In the wake of Bondage Gate, the Democrats’ best friend and RNC chair, Michael Steele, is in hot water…again. RNC Chief of Staff, Ken McCay, has resigned and top Steele advisor, Curt Anderson has left before the door hit his ass on the way out. But these are just the run-of-the-mill throwing people under the busism that follows any juicy scandal.
“I know from experience that a mere $1900 outlay at a club with the reputation of Voyeur is a clear indication of a frugal investment with a keen eye toward maximum return,” Daniels said. “…it is time that our government and our tax policy begin rewarding entrepreneurship and creativity again. It is time again to inspire positive risks and out-of-the-box thinking in the interest of growing a strong economy and a strong America.”
God, I get hot when a woman talks debt-to-equity ratios and actualized ROI.
You have to admire a gal who both gives good head and has a good head on her shoulders though. She would seem to be a perfect fit with many conservative Republicans who prefer the company of a beautiful and randy, young capitalist rather than their dowdy homosexual beards and strict C-Street widows – the purty schoolmarm excepted, you betcha.
While Stormy is as good a representative of forward-thinking Republican free-market capitalism as anyone, it remains to be seen if the fundamentalists in the Republican Big Tent will take a shine to Stormy’s 36DD “tents”.
Somehow boobs, bondage, and bonuses aren’t really what the RNC is looking for right now – but check back tomorrow. The situation could change.
- Michael Steele Understands Even Republicans Cannot Stand Him. It Won’t Effect His Job Prospects, However (queerty.com)
- Michael Steele Says He and Obama Have Slimmer Margins of Error Because They Are African-American (abcnews.go.com)
- Sexual Freedom Group Charges RNC With Hypocrisy (huffingtonpost.com)
- RNC Loses Top Fundraiser (politicalwire.com)
- No. 2 GOP senator upset by RNC spending practices (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- RNC chairman defends stewardship of party affairs (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- The Family Research Council begs conservatives to not give money to the RNC (crooksandliars.com)
- Steele plays the wrong card (washingtonmonthly.com)
- GOP Lawmakers Duck Chance to Back Steele (blogs.wsj.com)
Shameless self-promotion for my post At the Tipping Point Between Free Speech and Deadly Speech. The Hartford Courant gave it a shout out and made some excellent points on the same topic. They also expanded the use of one of my favorite words, “crapweasel”. You can’t ask for any more than that.
Now, back to today’s post already in progress.
Tip O’Neill, former Speaker of the House, once said, “all politics is local”, but in today’s heated and converging political grudge matches it’s also correct to say, “all sexual politics is local”.
Gay marriage? Some states are on the bandwagon. Some steadfastly refuse. Others are rethinking previous positions and ballot initiatives on the issue. Meanwhile, gays flock to states to join together in unions that some men still try to put asunder and wait to see if their own states will recognize what they’ve done.
One step forward 1.5 steps back as they say.
Gays in the military? The Obama administration is finally thawing their tepid policy to pay back an important political chit donated by most of the nation’s gays – though not as fast as they’d hoped.
A Homophobic Teddy Roosevelt and His Rough Riders
The pro-discrimination side charges the San Juan Hill of the issue like a band of rough riding, homophobic Teddy Roosevelts. Even the Joint Chiefs and other top brass can’t agree. Ex-General John Sheehan accused the Dutch army of genocide in Srebrenica and blamed it all on “the gays”. He now finds himself apologizing over the international incident under threat of a lawsuit.
Change of heart? Don’t be surprised if it’s merely a case of hypocritical mega-embarrassment and big legal bills.
Over on the other side, the Secretary of Defense is loosening restrictions. Other generals are jumping aboard a bandwagon most other industrialized nations are already on and there is growing support in the electorate.
Many of those opposed to sexual rights – like South Africa’s electric probe wielding, alleged gay soldier-curing “Dr. Shock” – are clearly as full of sexual self-loathing as Ted Haggard. But ironically, the latest hetero sex scandal is a good illustration of how gender and politics frequently try to occupy the same place in America.
A Republican National Committee staffer treated some Young Eagle donors to a night of bondage a-go-go after an official RNC event. That’s pretty heavy stuff from the party of running away from regular sex like the plague, then jumping into a private jet (probably on loan from a bank or insurance company) to escape kinky sex. Gay sex? They take a rocket to the closest toilet stall.
Young Eagles Take Flight on RNC Dime
Personally, I don’t care if Young Eagles like the occasional ball-gag or lesbian flogging session. It’s their business to choose what they do in the privacy of a strip club. I also don’t care that the RNC spent money on it, except to the extent that it helps show a pattern of hypocrisy – oh, and because it makes fools of them too.
The Whitest Black Man in America, RNC “leader” Michale Steele, claims he knew nothing about the incident and fired the staffer as soon as he found out. Good. They guy should be fired.
However, because Steele was at the helm he should also accept responsibility to do like every other business in the nation does and instruct employees to not be $2000 worth of strip club stupid. Other Republicans are emerging from their undisclosed locations where they’re hiding from the hypocrisy to flame the unpopular Steele. This may be the straw that breaks his back.
Let’s face it, both sides have these incidents. Both sides hide their embarrassment, but ignore it long enough to go do the same things as soon as the scandal du jour blows over. Both sides demonstrate the stupidity, critical thinking skills, and general ass-hattedness of Tiger Woods or Jesse James. Sooner or later idiotic behavior catches up to them – usually in horrific embarrassment, divorce, and career ruination.
Ye reap what ye sew.
These examples happen to be Republican, but Dems shouldn’t cackle too loudly. They’ve been caught – and will continue to be caught – in similar situations. The nation has its hands more than full with real problems and can ill afford to spend so much time trying to legislate moral issues. Sex should concern no one other the folks doing it.
It’s time to leave TMZ to embarrass the knotheads if they persist in being ignoramuses and keep our noses out of it.