• George Bush's Campaign Manager Comes Out as Obviously Gay

    Ken Mehlman — half-man/half-mehl campaign manager to George W. Bush in 2004 — has just come out of the closet as a gay man. For what it's worth, that closet door wasn't ever really closed all that well, and anyone who walked by could pretty much see everything that was going on inside there, and it looked like a bunch of gay stuff.

    But now he's officially out, doing all his gay stuff in the public eye…

    "It's taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life," said Mehlman, now an executive vice-president with the New York City-based private equity firm, KKR. "Everybody has their own path to travel, their own journey, and for me, over the past few months, I've told my family, friends, former colleagues, and current colleagues, and they've been wonderful and supportive. The process has been something that's made me a happier and better person. It's something I wish I had done years ago."

    How very wise and brave of him. And yes, it is true that "everybody has their own path to travel, their own journey." Hmmmmm… I wonder how many other people paths are lined with anti-gay Constitutional amendments and homophobe-baiting fear campaigns, their journeys filled with piles of dead African AIDS-victims. I don't know, what do you think? Like, maybe half? (Maybe a little less than half.)

    Mehlman's leadership positions in the GOP came at a time when the party was stepping up itsĀ anti-gay activities — such as the distribution in West Virginia in 2006 of literature linking homosexuality to atheism, or the less-than-subtle, coded language in the party's platform ("Attempts to redefine marriage in a single state or city could have serious consequences throughout the country…"). Mehlman said at the time that he could not, as an individual Republican, go against the party consensus.

    Yeah, whatever you do, don't "go against the party consensus." That would be… wrong. But, luckily for him, all of his past trespasses against humanity and civility can be forgiven because "now in private life, he wants to become an advocate for gay marriage." Since he doesn't have any power or influence to help shape policy anymore, he might as well be in favor of marriage equality, And Ta da! Just like that, he's turned into a good gay! It's magical gay magic!

    Privately, in off-the-record conversations with this reporter over the years, Mehlman voiced support for civil unions and told of how, in private discussions with senior Republican officials, he beat back efforts to attack same-sex marriage. He insisted, too, that President Bush "was no homophobe." He often wondered why gay voters never formed common cause with Republican opponents of Islamic jihad, which he called "the greatest anti-gay force in the world right now."

    Yeah, I wonder.

    Tags: George W. Bush, Haggard's Law, Ken Mehlman, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Republicans


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