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)