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Former RNC chairman Ken Mehlman: I'm gay


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By Felicia Sonmez

Ken Mehlman, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and the former campaign manager for George W. Bush's 2004 re-election bid, has told his family and colleagues that he is gay, according to The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder.

From Ambinder's report:

"It's taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life," Mehlman said. "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."

Mehlman, who headed the RNC from 2005 to 2007, becomes the highest-profile national Republican figure to come out as gay.

In the interview, Mehlman said that he reached the decision to come out in part because he would like to play a greater role as an advocate for same-sex marriage.

He added that earlier this year, he participated in a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, an organization that has fought the Proposition 8 ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage in California. An appeals court ruled earlier this month that the ban will stay in place until December, overruling a federal judge's decision that the ban was unconstitutional.

Former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson, a prominent Republican lawyer, has been leading the legal fight against Proposition 8.

Mehlman acknowledged to Ambinder that had he been open about his sexuality earlier, he might have tried to push back against parts of the national Republican agenda, including efforts by former Bush adviser Karl Rove in 2004 and 2006 to put same-sex marriage initiatives on the ballot in states across the country:

"It's a legitimate question and one I understand," Mehlman said. "I can't change the fact that I wasn't in this place personally when I was in politics, and I genuinely regret that. It was very hard, personally." He asks of those who doubt his sincerity: "If they can't offer support, at least offer understanding."

Michael Steele, current chairman of the Republican National Committee, issued a statement of support for Mehlman. "I am happy for Ken," Steele said. "His announcement, often a very difficult decision which is only compounded when done on the public stage, reaffirms for me why we are friends and why I respect him personally and professionally."

Clarke Cooper, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, which is suing the federal government to block the military's "don't ask, don't tell" law, said that the organization welcomed Mehlman's decision.

"Log Cabin Republicans is very supportive and appreciative of Ken's coming out," Cooper said. "Being gay and being conservative are not mutually exclusive. As a fellow Bush alumnus, I also look forward to Ken helping me and our colleagues build a stronger more inclusive Republican Party."

Ed O'Keefe contributed to this report.

Related:

House Republicans bringing in the big bucks

Ted Olson's conservative argument for gay marriage

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Posted by: PaulRevere4 | August 28, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Glenn Beck will use his "Honor" rally to announce that he his gay.

Posted by: JimZ1 | August 28, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

When Mehlman starts naming names, he can begin the process of rehabilitation. List the dirty tricks, the cynical exploitation, the hyped-up distractions. Go beyond the homophobic base, reveal the damage done by your phony economics, the corporate kow-tow, and the "Dems hate God, Freedom and America" drumbeat. Come on Mr. Mehlman, show us you really understand how evil your role on the "Fear, Hatred, Distortion, Distraction and Division" team was.

Until then, he's nothing but a despicable hypocrite.

Posted by: thebobbob | August 27, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Ken Mehlman is a worthless piece of human debris. Do we really need him? He created an environment of persecution for gay people all over this country. He did it in pursuit of personal gain and power. And he succeded. Now, living in his multimillion dollar condo in Chelsea, he may have found a boy he wants to marry, so he wants same sex marriage to be legal so he can have the benefits of marriage. He burned our house down for his personal gain back in 2004, and now he wants to build it up, also for his own personal gain. We dont need this worthless individual. We have made many significant gains without him and we will triumph also without him. This man is morally bankrupt, a moral pygmy if you will, whose only priority is himself. Are we not going to hold him accountable for his crimes against humanity? What is bitterly disappointing to me are the voices of support from the gay community. These voices, including the HRC and the Advocate, are showing the moral fortitude of a bowl of cereal. We don't need despicable uncle tom gays like Ken Mehlman. Please crawl back under the rock of self-servitude and betrayal where you lied for most of your life as the insect that you are, Mr Mehlman. You are odious and worthless.

Posted by: stevenjosephrotolo | August 27, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Ken Mehlman is a worthless piece of human debris. Do we really need him? He created an environment of persecution for gay people all over this country. He did it in pursuit of personal gain and power. And he succeded. Now, living in his multimillion dollar condo in Chelsea, he may have found a boy he wants to marry, so he wants same sex marriage to be legal so he can have the benefits of marriage. He burned our house down for his personal gain back in 2004, and now he wants to build it up, also for his own personal gain. We dont need this worthless individual. We have made many significant gains without him and we will triumph also without him. This man is morally bankrupt, a moral pygmy if you will, whose only priority is himself. Are we not going to hold him accountable for his crimes against humanity? What is bitterly disappointing to me are the voices of support from the gay community. These voices, including the HRC and the Advocate, are showing the moral fortitude of a bowl of cereal. We don't need despicable uncle tom gays like Ken Mehlman. Please crawl back under the rock of self-servitude and betrayal where you lied for most of your life as the insect that you are, Mr Mehlman. You are odious and worthless.

Posted by: stevenjosephrotolo | August 27, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

What a shock--the GOP has been run by wealthy homosexuals for years--ah, heh, would not have been prudent to admit it--as the wimpy GHW Bush said repeatedly.

Obama is a self-absorbed immoral sort--just like the Bush-men--who share Barack's love of Wall Street.

Voters might want to figure out which GOP candidates are Wall Street Rubios--and who is serious--unlike Obama--about sticking it to Wall Street.

Posted by: bjerryberg | August 27, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

In fairness to Buddy, this long-time Parham Pkwy Richmond resident wonders about which way Eric Cantor leans--as well.

Posted by: bjerryberg | August 27, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

More and more we see self-hating republican homosexuals coming out of the closet. Just wait until they started 'fessin up to being fascists and terrorists.
They hate in others what they refuse to see in themselves.

Posted by: rooster54 | August 27, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Not a lot of work available in Pa--eh--Buddy?
Took that blogging job with Goldman Sachs--I mean the Obama White House? So sorry.

Posted by: bjerryberg | August 27, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Just to clear up any possible confusion-I reject & earlier ridiculed the "so-open-minded-my-brains-fell-out" libertarian gay marriage arguments of GOP luminary Olson & the unfortunate Mehlman.

But out here in the real world--it is the "Economy, Stupid," not the 'inside-and-under-the-Belt-way' sexual issues that count.

Posted by: bjerryberg | August 27, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Regarding: The next repubs to come out of the closet--Newt Gingrich---Glen Beck---Rush Drugball---Eric Cantor."

Response; I can't imagine any healthy Gay man wanting to have sex with one of these !!!! lol

Posted by: BUDDY-IN-PA | August 27, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Regarding: The next repubs to come out of the closet--Newt Gingrich---Glen Beck---Rush Drugball---Eric Cantor."

Response; I can't imagine any healthy Gay man wanting to have sex with one of these !!!! lol

Posted by: BUDDY-IN-PA | August 27, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Just to clear up any possible confusion-I reject & earlier ridiculed the "so-open-minded-my-brains-fell-out" libertarian gay marriage arguments of GOP luminary Olson & the unfortunate Mehlman.

But out here in the real world--it is the "Economy, Stupid."

Posted by: bjerryberg | August 27, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Counterpoint to libertarian right-winger Ted Olson from a secular FDR Dem:

'Marriage Equality' is a slippery slope--which incidentally also is not a US Constitutional right.

Modern society has recognized & legally sanctioned heterosexual relationships because that is the only human relationship that can reproduce the species.

Shouldn't this doctrine of 'marriage equality' be extended to ALL conceivable sexual preferences/orientations--why only the obviously politically well-connected Gay & Lesbian orientation?

What about those whose prefer the sexual company of 2 men, 3 women & a nanny goat--should not they be allowed to marry all those they love?

Posted by: bjerryberg | August 27, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe that this man would go public with his sinful lifestyle withut first trying to receive healing

Posted by: SavedGirl | August 27, 2010 5:43 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe that this man would go public with his sinful lifestyle withut first trying to receive healing

Posted by: SavedGirl | August 27, 2010 5:42 AM | Report abuse

The next repubs to come out of the closet--Newt Gingrich---Glen Beck---Rush Drugball---Eric Cantor. Just a few well known prospests.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | August 26, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure the Marxist Post is thrilled at this!

I am saddened by anyone who falls into any sinful and perverse lifestyle; and, allows the decadent left to convince them that they are OK!!

This is a sinful sickness and this poor guy will NEVER be at peace until he accepts that!

rdog

Posted by: RDog1 | August 26, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure the Marxist Post is thrilled at this!

I am saddened by anyone who falls into any sinful and perverse lifestyle; and, allows the decadent left to convince them that they are OK!!

This is a sinful sickness and this poor guy will NEVER be at peace until he accepts that!

rdog

Posted by: RDog1 | August 26, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure the Marxist Post is thrilled at this!

I am saddened by anyone who falls into any sinful and perverse lifestyle; and, allows the decadent left to convince them that they are OK!!

This is a sinful sickness and this poor guy will NEVER be at peace until he accepts that!

rdog

Posted by: RDog1 | August 26, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

"I am very conservative. I believe what my Bible teaches me"

~~~~~~~

That's fine but it has nothing to do with our laws nor should it. Our legal system is based on secular concepts such as equal protection. The equal protection principle requires that government have at least a rational basis for any law that discriminates among classes of people. Not an emotional basis. Not a "we've always done it this way" basis. Not a "my Bible tells me" basis. A RATIONAL basis.

There are plenty of irrational bases for discriminating against gays -- but there are NO rational reasons for it. (btw -- arguing "I don't like it; it's against my beliefs" is not rational. That's emotional, just in case you wondered).

All adult should have the freedom to marry another adult as they see fit and if both people want to.

Posted by: truly1 | August 26, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

He wasn't living vi di loca, he was living
the vile lie.

And I get to chalk up another one in support of my theory, and my chalk board is getting full!

What is the NUMBER ONE thing that is the hardest thing for anyone to do?

ANSWER: Being 100% honest with your self, which would then allow you to be 100% honest with others. But we aren't so we ain't! We've created this culture and now we have to deal with the fact that we will hardly ever be told the truth or will tell the truth!

There is only one group of humans who are abhorrently honest, and I love them for it, then they hit the age of reasoning and join us in the liars ranks!

Posted by: victorlove1 | August 26, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Huh. Really. Whose next out of the closet for the GOP? My money is on Rush Limbaugh.

Posted by: garrett66 | August 26, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Who cares other than his wife and kids. What a low life, lying all these years and haviing babies with a woman. I don't think that will happen with two men

Posted by: sderf | August 26, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Who cares other than his wife and kids. What a low life, lying all these years and haviing babies with a woman. I don't think that will happen with two men

Posted by: sderf | August 26, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Who cares other than his wife and kids. What a low life, lying all these years and haviing babies with a woman. I don't think that will happen with two men

Posted by: sderf | August 26, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Who cares other than his wife and kids. What a low life, lying all these years and haviing babies with a woman. I don't think that will happen with two men

Posted by: sderf | August 26, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Who cares other than his wife and kids. What a low life, lying all these years and haviing babies with a woman. I don't think that will happen with two men

Posted by: sderf | August 26, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Who cares other than his wife and kids. What a low life, lying all these years and haviing babies with a woman. I don't think that will happen with two men

Posted by: sderf | August 26, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Who other than his wife and kids. What a low life, lying all these years and haviing babies with a woman. I don't think that will happen with two men

Posted by: sderf | August 26, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

The reactions of conservatives here are so funny. Let's spell it out for you in simple terms. Please repeat: "Mehlman's sexuality isn't the issue. You're right: no one cares. But leading a war on gays as enemies of morality while he, himself, was gay: that titanic hypocrisy is the issue."

Got it? Very easy.

Posted by: the_green_lantern | August 26, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

To Mr.Mehlman: well, congratulations!

Just a heads-up. You aren't the first person who said, in coming out, that you hoped it would change the hearts and minds of your formerly anti-gay colleagues and co-workers. After all, if they respect you, and they learn you are gay, they will start to respect gay men and lesbians, right?

This may well be true. But you might also find that for some, finding out that you are gay changes the amount of respect that they have for you. Be prepared.

Good luck, brother.
-MCC Rev Joan in Boston,MA

Posted by: revdrjoan | August 26, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Reminds me of Roy Cohn, a self-hating gay Jew who worked a self-hating gay anti-semite Commie Hunter who cynically claimed to love America and it's freedoms and yet worked overtime to destroy them.

Fear, Hatred, Distortion, Distraction and Division is all Republicans have to offer America.

Posted by: thebobbob | August 26, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Nothing new here - Typical Republican Hypercritic.

Posted by: question-guy | August 26, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Nothing new here - Typical Republican Hypercritic

Posted by: question-guy | August 26, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I love how people are asking why this is news and saying that everyone every born a human already knew he was gay. It's quite hilarious. Fist of all, if this article is a waste of time, why do you value your time so little, that you read it? And second of all, the story isn't that he's gay, it's that he SAID he's gay. You see, unlike the hacks over at FOXXX News, the WaPo has journalistic integrity, so they wouldn't report on hearsay when it comes to personal matters.

Posted by: n_bones_OC | August 26, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

I really REALLY don't care how and with whom Melman has sex. I care that the country is a participant in two civil wars in the
Middle East. I care that the true unemployment rate is likely closer to 20% than 10%, and I care that "reporters" no longer care enough or know enough to dig deeply enough to give the rest of us a clear and factual and objective idea of why this country is in such trouble.

Ken Melman's sexual proclivities????????

Posted by: mftill | August 26, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I really REALLY don't care how and with whom Melman has sex. I care that the country is a participant in two civil wars in the
Middle East. I care that the true unemployment rate is likely closer to 20% than 10%, and I care that "reporters" no longer care enough or know enough to dig deeply enough to give the rest of us a clear and factual and objective idea of why this country is in such trouble.

Ken Melman's sexual proclivities????????

Posted by: mftill | August 26, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I really REALLY don't care how and with whom Melman has sex. I care that the country is a participant in two civil wars in the
Middle East. I care that the true unemployment rate is likely closer to 20% than 10%, and I care that "reporters" no longer care enough or know enough to dig deeply enough to give the rest of us a clear and factual and objective idea of why this country is in such trouble.

Ken Melman's sexual proclivities????????

Posted by: mftill | August 26, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

I really REALLY don't care how and with whom Melman has sex. I care that the country is a participant in two civil wars in the
Middle East. I care that the true unemployment rate is likely closer to 20% than 10%, and I care that "reporters" no longer care enough or know enough to dig deeply enough to give the rest of us a clear and factual and objective idea of why this country is in such trouble.

Ken Melman's sexual proclivities????????

Posted by: mftill | August 26, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

coming out may have helped him make some type or level of peace with himself. though I don't know how his soul will ever forgive him for selling out others of his sexual persuasion. nor would I really want it to ever do so.

Posted by: kravitzkravitz | August 26, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post holds this important enough to report it as news?

Posted by: rteske | August 26, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

The surprise isn't that this guy admitted he was gay. The surprise is that the rest of the closeted Rethuglicans and Mormon and Catholic leader bigots haven't admitted they are yet.

Posted by: informedone10 | August 26, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, duh.
Everyone said he was gay 5 years ago, but he flat out LIED and denied it.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | August 26, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

If you really want a gay politician to look up to, look up to Christine Quinn. She leads her office honestly and is open about the fact that she's gay. It probably costs her votes - here's someone actually doing the right thing. http://ourscenetv.com/main/show/id/383

Posted by: abbygirl2010 | August 26, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

icebluee67 wrote: :ALMOST OF US ARE TOO BUSY FOR THIS BULL SH-T!!! WHAT MAKES YOU QUEER PEOPLE THINK WE ARE INTERESTED IN HEARING ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL PREFERECCES ??? IF YOU R HAVING SUCH A GREAT TIME, CONTINUE & QUIT BLABBING ABOUT IT !!!!"
Icebluee67's comments demonstrate EXACTLY why it's important that gay people come out. He says he doesn't care, but only as long as we remain secretive about it. Presumably, if we pretend to be straight and lie for his benefit, all will be well. Really, is this the way people are suppose to live their lives: lying so Icebluee67 can live in denial. C'mon, man.

Posted by: jaynashvil | August 26, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Why does it matter?

According to huffingtonpost

Ken Mehlman managed perhaps the most anti-gay presidential campaign in modern history.

My prediction who will be outed next:

Ken Cuccinelli or Bob McDonnell

Posted by: waxtraxs | August 26, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Umm seriously, who cares?!?!?I'm stright! why doesn't the Post write about that?!?!?!?

Posted by: FedUp8 | August 26, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Cheers for justkiddingdc's comment.

Posted by: uh_huhh | August 26, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I think this is absolutely fitting: how many voted for Bush based upon his phony confession of faith? Contrary to popular thought amongst the church goers, there is no party of “righteousness” according to their views.

Posted by: newsboy3 | August 26, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Ken is gay?

WHO THE HECK CARES? Only bigots at the WaPo apparently. Why is this even a story?

- tea party

Posted by: username | August 26, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

As usual, tons of hating here from both sides.

I'm sorry Mehlman was part of things he now regrets, but mostly I hope he gets treated well so lots more people will feel safe coming out.

If you want people to live in peace, you've got to support and encourage Mehlman and others.

Haters and bashers from both sides all carry the same message: Don't dare leave the closet. And that hurts all of us.

Posted by: justkiddingdc | August 26, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Why do so many Republicans feel the need to lie and lie and lie and lie and lie and lie before they get around to telling you the truth? This lying, fascist snake ought to be horsewhipped. I, for one, will NOT be "wonderful and supportive" of the damage he did from the closet.

Posted by: rbmurals | August 26, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh, so he admits he's gay. You'd think he would now be greatly admired and respected by the Democrats. And what about Elena Kagan?

Posted by: rcohen1 | August 26, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh, so he admits he's gay. You'd think he would now be greatly admired and respected by the Democrats. And what about Elena Kagan?

Posted by: rcohen1 | August 26, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

The Unexpurgated Republican Declaration of Independence (long form):
Life (as long as you’re rich enough to buy it or crooked enough to make the taxpayers pay for it while voting to take it away from them), Liberty (as long as you don’t mind warrantless wiretaps, being sent to foreign countries for torture, imprisonment without representation or charge, red light cameras everywhere to brand you a criminal and take your money,and constant surveillance), and the Pursuit of Happiness (as long as happiness is defined as being (or at least acting) straight and going to Jesus-approved church and not building mosques anywhere ever. No happiness guarantee otherwise).
Amen.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | August 26, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

ALMOST OF US ARE TOO BUSY FOR THIS BULL SH-T!!!
WHAT MAKES YOU QUEER PEOPLE THINK WE ARE INTERESTED IN HEARING ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL
PREFERECCES ??? IF YOU R HAVING SUCH A GREAT TIME, CONTINUE & QUIT BLABBING ABOUT IT !!!!

Posted by: icebluee67 | August 26, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

ALMOST OF US ARE TOO BUSY FOR THIS BULL SH-T!!!
WHAT MAKES YOU QUEER PEOPLE THINK WE ARE INTERESTED IN HEARING ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL
PREFERECCES ??? IF YOU R HAVING SUCH A GREAT TIME, CONTINUE & QUIT BLABBING ABOUT IT !!!!

Posted by: icebluee67 | August 26, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean that Ann Coulter will finally fess up to being a post-op transexual?

Posted by: twnctyguy | August 26, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Were there still people on the face of the planet who didn't know this?

Posted by: js_edit | August 26, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who didn't know Ms. Mehlman was gay must have been living under a rock.

Posted by: twnctyguy | August 26, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Iam4gsus: "Give me a break.....A PERSON CAN BE GAY, AND STILL NOT WANT MARRIAGES AMONG GAYS. This is not a one size fits all lifestyle.... I have discussed gay marriage with all of [my gay friends]......all of them are OUT OF THE CLOSET, and not one of them is pro-gay marriage."
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You contradict yourself. You do insist that it is a one-size-fits-all "lifestyle." You see, you support using the power of the secular government to ban gay marriage. The only "lifestyle" you will permit is one requiring gay people to be single.

If you or your gay friends don't support gay marriage, then I respect your choice not to have one and would defend your right not have one. But I prefer to legally marry my monogamous partner of 15 years and no remain single. If it isn't a one-size-fits-all "lifestyle," then allow me the freedom to make a difference choice from you or your friends.

I even respect your right to hold religious views against same-sex relationships, as well as your right to seek to persuade people to your view. But you cross a line when, instead of trying to persuade me that it would be wrong for me to marry my monogamous partner of 15 years, you just ignore me and have the government ban my marriage. You don't believe in freedom of choice at all. You want the government forcing everyone to make the only choice you deem acceptable. But the rest of us have religious views and religious freedom too. Where's your respect for ours?

Posted by: uh_huhh | August 26, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Iam4gsus: "Give me a break.....A PERSON CAN BE GAY, AND STILL NOT WANT MARRIAGES AMONG GAYS. This is not a one size fits all lifestyle.... I have discussed gay marriage with all of [my gay friends]......all of them are OUT OF THE CLOSET, and not one of them is pro-gay marriage."
___________________________

You contradict yourself. You do insist that it is a one-size-fits-all "lifestyle." You see, you support using the power of the secular government to ban gay marriage. The only "lifestyle" you will permit is one requiring gay people to be single.

If you or your gay friends don't support gay marriage, then I respect your choice not to have one and would defend your right not have one. But I prefer to legally marry my monogamous partner of 15 years and no remain single. If it isn't a one-size-fits-all "lifestyle," then allow me the freedom to make a difference choice from you or your friends.

I even respect your right to hold religious views against same-sex relationships, as well as your right to seek to persuade people to your view. But you cross a line when, instead of trying to persuade me that it would be wrong for me to marry my monogamous partner of 15 years, you just ignore me and have the government ban my marriage. You don't believe in freedom of choice at all. You want the government forcing everyone to make the only choice you deem acceptable. But the rest of us have religious views and religious freedom too. Where's your respect for ours?

Posted by: uh_huhh | August 26, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

The post by "Damnedgentlemen" is so on point until it's scary! Keep telling them like it is, because the "machine" can't stand it when people have the intellectual bandwidth to call them out for the shysters they truly are!!!

Posted by: gumboguy | August 26, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

There are many Republicans that are pro gay, pro environment, pro energy dependence, pro solar, pro wind etc etc.
Posted by: dnha
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Uh, that's called a Democrat (assuming you meant energy INdependence). Republicans are the ones who campaign on ANTI-all of the above. In GOP Land, Big Oil needs government subsidies, gays are the bigots, harassing poor defenseless God-fearing REAL Americans for their virtuous stand. Solar and wind are a joke to Repubs, portrayed as a boondoggle and ridiculed. Coal is King in GOP Land, and America needs to blow the tops off of mountains to patriotically keep using it.
A Republican being pro (insert any of the above here) is akin to Dave Chappelle's Clayton Bigsby, a black-hating black man, and just as fictional.
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If you really look at the issues, the bottom line is you like a huge federal totalitarian government controlling every aspect of our lives...
Posted by: dnha
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Yeah, that's what I and the roughly half of America that supports the POTUS and healthcare reform and regulation of the criminals on Wall Street want.
Idiotic fear-mongering statements like this are what marginalizes your opinion instantly, and Hell will indeed freeze over before I or any other American should have to stand in silent acquiescence while such pathetic accusations are leveled.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | August 26, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Well, well..Because Mr. Melman now comes out to say he is gay,it gives full tilt to all the libs. who wish scream, "HYPOCRISY!" Are libs. the only people on this earth who think they have a handle on being gay. Give me a break.....A PERSON CAN BE GAY, AND STILL NOT WANT MARRIAGES AMONG GAYS. This is not a one size fits all lifestyle.

I don't hate gays, I hate what they do.....That's OK....they can hate what I do, too. That is their right, but it is also my right and Mr. Melman's right to have our own opinions.

I am very conservative. I believe what my Bible teaches me, and that includes loving my neighbor. It doesn't say one thing about loving what my neighbor does, it only tells me that I should love my neighbor as much as I love myself. Sorry folks....those are the facts....take it or leave it.....that is your choice!

As far as having gay friends, I actually have 7 (that I know of) Two were in my daughter's wedding.....One made the cake for my granddaughters 21st birthday party. I sing in my church choir with two others, etc.....Now libs, who wish to put every gay in the same box......I have discussed gay marriage with all of them......all of them are OUT OF THE CLOSET, and not one of them is pro-gay marriage.

Well, well, well....You mean gays have their own opinions, too....Wow, just think about it.

If Mr. Melman now chooses to come out of the closet (a stupid term, by the way) that is HIS CHOICE!....If Mr. Melman now wants to fight for gay marriage.....that is HIS CHOICE!
If Mr. Melman wants to be a gay rights activist, that is HIS CHOICE!

I WONT' HATE HIM, NOR WILL I JUDGE HIM! That is between he and his MAKER. The only person I have to worry about, when I come face to face with God, is me!

Libs., you need to get over yourselves. Don't lump every concervative in one box, either....We neither hate poor people, or gay people, or homeless people, or ugly people. We take care of our environment, help our children in schools, mostly work hard for a living, take care of the poor, support our law enforcement, go to church (or not), and don't expect the government to pick up the tab for our lives. Try it sometime.....You might just get the respect you so richly deserve.

None of us get out of this life any other way, but by death. I have to do what is right for me. I will follow the path I have chosen, just as you will do the same for yourself.

One more thing: We should not have to have a "beer summit", at the taxpayer's expense, to apologize for pre-judging a situation. But, if we have to have one, we, as leaders, need to say we were wrong, when it is blatantly obvious that we are. That is true leadership. WHEN OUR LEADERS POINT A FINGER AT OTHERS TO PLACE BLAME, THREE MORE FINGERS ARE POINTING BACK AT THEMSELVES.

Posted by: Iam4gsus | August 26, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I believe the first half is correct. Gentlemen do not spew vituperrious bile as you do. There are many Republicans that are pro gay, pro environment, pro energy dependence, pro solar, pro wind etc etc. I happen to be one of them. If you really look at the issues, the bottom line is you like a huge federal totalitarian government controlling every aspect of our lives, and we don't. Nobody wants to live in a polluted wasteland. And your venom pollutes the environment to the tune of a pasture full of cow flatulence.
Posted by: dnha
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dnha, then why do you keep voting republican then, your party does not create legislation to protect the environment but have done the opposite to block legislation and side with big corporations everytime. They have also blocked legislation to give gays equal rights and in Ca wrote legislation prop 81 to infact deny that right. I do not see evidence of your elected Republican congressmen, senators, governors or even presidents to support these ideals you say many republicans support. Actions speak louder than words and their actions are completely to the contray. That certainly is a strange way of trying to support such ideals as clean air, clean water, and equal rights of gays buy continually voting for a party that has done everything in their power to prevent this. And your statement of a huge totalitarian government is rediculous and a total exaggeration.We have a democracy and we have private industry. If you keep voting for republicans to enact clean air, water and promote human rights issues then this says volumns about your convoluted thinking. Its like trying to get to the US by way of China. Gentlemen is spot on with his comments, and be intellectually honest next time.

Posted by: gosslaar7611 | August 26, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Of course he's gay.

Everybody knows that most Republicans who get upset about gays are themselves gay.

It's shocking when they aren't.

Seriously, we all know you are.

Posted by: WillSeattle | August 26, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Damnedgentleman:

I believe the first half is correct. Gentlemen do not spew vituperrious bile as you do. There are many Republicans that are pro gay, pro environment, pro energy dependence, pro solar, pro wind etc etc. I happen to be one of them. If you really look at the issues, the bottom line is you like a huge federal totalitarian government controlling every aspect of our lives, and we don't. Nobody wants to live in a polluted wasteland. And your venom pollutes the environment to the tune of a pasture full of cow flatulence.

Posted by: dnha | August 26, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Iago "Oh, there's a big surprise. That's an incredible... I think I'm gonna have a heart attack and die from that surprise."
--Iago, the Parrot from Disney's Aladdin

Posted by: karenfink | August 26, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I wish him the best of luck getting over the guilt he must have for helping the Republicans demonize gays to fire up their base. I hope he is as energetic and effective now that he is working for good instead of evil.

Posted by: unitcaptain11 | August 26, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Ken Mehlman is Gay!
Ken Mehlman is Gay!

With news like that, we an all take tomorrow off!

Posted by: pgr88 | August 26, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

This isn't news to anyone who worked in Washington. Everyone gay, straight, Democrat,Republican, the Media, and the Bush administration knew. But in spite of the fact that Mehlman lead the most anti-gay political campaign ever, no one said anything. That's because insiders protect insiders.

Posted by: gboesky | August 26, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

another big time politician is queer.what is it about the elite that they have to show how preverted they can become.

Posted by: dagner49 | August 26, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I had a business in Maryland some years ago. Ken was a customer and it was quite obvious that he was a flamer. Why did it take so long for him to come out? It must be because of his new agenda, gay marriage. Republicans are hypocrites!! Oh, and by the way I don't give a hoot about how someone lives their life and neither should you!

Posted by: janetal2004gmailcom | August 26, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

in response to your comment: For a majority of his professional life he demonized and actively campaigned and sought to take away/stop gay rights for no other reason than his personal aggrandizement and power - that's why he is despicable. when he could have been helping he was not silent (which would have been bad enough) he was actively fighting against an agenda he should have supported 9and apparently believed in the whole time according to him). His whole "i was not there yet" is BS. Sir you might not have been ready to share that you where homosexual which is fine; but you actively fought against those rights to gain power and stature - well done, sir, well done.

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Wait a second. I thought liberals thought being gay was fine. Why all the animosity? Is it because he's Republican? There has been a group for years called the Log Cabin Republicans. What difference does this guy's or anyone's sexual orientation matter? I guess there's no privacy in the bedroom anymore. It's the same as hating successful women. If they aren't liberal they have no rights and get no support from lib groups. I thought a woman rising to be CEO of a Fortune 500 company was a good thing. Oh right, not if she's a Republican. You liberal hypocrites need to put a sock in it.

Posted by: doctorqui | August 26, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

This is just another example of the inside/outside the beltway mentality that permeates Washington. It does not matter who you sleep with inside the beltway. Liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat, anything goes. Then there is just this other “message” we want to convey to those people outside of Washington. Whatever it takes to win. We must craft a message that mobilizes the base we are targeting, as long as that base never finds out that we do not walk the walk. Serving in Washington is not public service anymore, it’s a career. To stay employed, you have to win! This creates hypocrites everywhere. On the Hill, inside the White House, at every media outlet and you just need to turn over a few rocks to find them. Bash the gays, bash the Muslims, and bash the media. Ever wonder how many members of Congress actually say they have been faithful to their spouses, and run on family values platforms, when they have not? Like it or not, this is the environment we live in. The truth does not matter here, winning does.

Posted by: The_Rat | August 26, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

See??? It's true!! Republicans DO suck!

Posted by: emag | August 26, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

@eezmamata

He's cute, but he has no spine, so no thanks.

Being gay tends to make people more comfortable in their skin, not less. He's in his mid-40s and only now has enough self-respect to realize his career is not as important as his dignity.

Posted by: cockadoodledoooo | August 26, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Who cares?

Posted by: gmuhokie2009 | August 26, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

There's been some talk about why liberals are anti-Ken Mehlman. I think it's fairly obvious: this is the man who designed a presidential campaign, the focus of which was bashing gay people. Sorry, if part of your platform was preventing -- aggressively preventing -- two consenting and in-love gay individuals from getting married, you bash gay people. President Bush's approach, in 2004, was very much like this. Get on the ballot all these anti-gay marriage initiatives. In campaign messages, repeat how much you will protect the "institution of marriage," to wild cheers from the anti-gay bigots.

I wonder how Mehlman can live with himself. He should, of course, reconcile his past actions with his current life -- and he should be angry at the Karl Roves of the GOP (there are many) for requiring him to keep his identity a secret.

Posted by: teoandchive1 | August 26, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Republicans aren't just hypocrites, they are a bunch of liars as well.

Posted by: slydell | August 26, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

What do gay people think about Ken, I mean as far as attractiveness.

He looks like a defective unit to me. I don't mean his being gay, he just looks defective, like there are too many sinuses in his head, you know ... gaps

Posted by: eezmamata | August 26, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

It was so obvious and I knew Mehlman was gay because several people have asked if he was dating or seeing someone and he chose not to answer the question by focusing on the Republican talking points.

Pathetic is a short word that describes him.

Posted by: beeker25 | August 26, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Mark "boy chaser" Foley, Larry "Wide Stance" Craig, and now Ken "Fudgepacker" Mehlman, all coming out. Soon they will go on tour together, coming to a book signing near you.

Posted by: eezmamata | August 26, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it amazing how the Republicans manage to stay in the closet as long as it benefits them. Now that Bush is just part of our embarrassing past, this guy comes out. I guess Janice Joplin was right when she sang "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose!"

Posted by: MHCNYC | August 26, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

What difference does this guy's or anyone's sexual orientation matter? You liberal hypocrites need to put a sock in it.

Posted by: dnha
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What difference indeed, chump. Oh, wait, holier-than-thou Republicans have been pointing out the difference (that they perceive to be perverted and un-American and a one-way ticket to Hell and on and on) and discriminating against gays for DECADES, denying them equal rights and treating them as second class citizens.
That is why you get the royal "Suck It" treatment when, as happens time and again, the party which claims moral superiority without a hint of irony is revealed to be full of flagrant violators of that morality.
If you act like your dooty don't stink, you can't cry when the smell-o-meter says otherwise.

In fact, every one of you babies crying about the supposed hypocrisy of the Liberals need to look in the mirror. At least Libs, for the most part, practice what they preach. They fight for the environment, and do SOMETHING on their part to assist in that. They demand equal rights for all, and mean it.
Conversely, Republicans obfuscate in everything they say and do, believing they are not beholden to the moral standard they DEMAND of everyone else.
Classic Right Wing move, though...a hypocrite is exposed, and you call the exposers hypocrites. Just like you demand tolerance for your intolerance, respect for your (constant and loud) disrespect.
Just like you incessantly claim that blacks are the real racists and the poor are the ones robbing the country blind.
That’s either evil or bone stupid...which is it?

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | August 26, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Why is it the less attractive Republicans are always the ones to come out? Why couldn't it have been someone like Mike Pence or Scott Brown? Someone you'd really want to see on the cover of "Advocate".

Posted by: xaxton | August 26, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being gay despite what the conservative Jewish, Christian and Moslem faithfuls say. I wish Mr Mehlman the best. What bothers me is those hypocrites among us who build their careers on bashing gays and lesbians and formenting hate against them especially those who are closeted.

Posted by: sambawi | August 26, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

It’s always interesting to read the left leaning readers comments when stories like this come out. It’s the same every time, they freely express their bigotry for the people they don’t like, apparently its cool to be a Republican bigot...Hypocrites.

Posted by: cainemarko1
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Uh, if you'll pay attention you will see that the Right loves to pillory Dems for agreeing with them on things. "I thought Obama was gonna end the war...or...I thought your Messiah was pro-gay, why isn't he for gay marriage?" That sort of thing. Or were you not around when Obama gave Republicans what they've screamed bloody murder for for decades, some offshore drilling rights? Then comes the BP spill, and out came the bigmouthed hypocrites on the Right, acting like they were some sort of Environmental Super Police and attacking Obama for giving them what they wanted.
I do not hold a man accountable for his color or his sex life, but I will always hold a man responsible for bollocksing up the economy beyond all recognition, waging war on the country’s natural resources and environment, sending kids off to die in a pointless and personal war that is only good for upping Halliburton’s profits, and then blaming the guy who comes in to clean up the mess.
Perhaps some day you'll realize it IS cool to be a "Republican bigot", by which I assume you mean bigoted towards Republicans. Just like it's cool to be bigoted towards liars and thieves, since that's what being a Republican is all about these days.
When you attempt to alienate half the country and slander them as un-American traitors because they wish to preserve the environment, give respect and dignity to those different from them, or keep robber baron scum like Dick Cheney from empooriating the Middle Class while enrichifiing the already obscenely rich, that half of the country is right and proper in telling you to take a long walk on a short pier.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | August 26, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Where did the Ken doll go to find his play mates? Did he walk over to the Democratic National Committee to seek out his fellow pickle smoochers? I think not. We have turned over a rock to find a very ugly scene in the Republican camp and others are sure to turn up now that the light of truth has shown on them. Stay tuned for more unravellings... I mean unveilings. Maybe Dick Chenny is carrying the dreaded gay gene (Heh, heh, heh. His name is 'Dick'.) and we will soon discover that he has been in bed with other GOP members, and I don't mean in a political way.

Posted by: queenofromania | August 26, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Where did the Ken doll go to find his play mates? Did he walk over to the Democratic National Committee to seek out his fellow pickle smoochers? I think not. We have turned over a rock to find a very ugly scene in the Republican camp and others are sure to turn up now that the light of truth has shown on them. Stay tuned for more unravellings... I mean unveilings. Maybe Dick Chenny is carrying the dreaded gay gene (Heh, heh, heh. His name is 'Dick'.) and we will soon discover that he has been in bed with other GOP members, and I don't mean in a political way.

Posted by: queenofromania | August 26, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Foley. Haggard. Larry Craig. Glen Murphy. George Rekers. This is getting so BORING. it simply needs to be assumed that, if you strongly support a gay-bashing agenda, then. You. Are. Gay. That makes it easy.

Posted by: the_green_lantern | August 26, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Who's next?
Rush?
His penthouse in New York fairly screams "tacky old queen": http://gawker.com/5482793/rush-limbaughs-gaudy-fifth-avenue-penthouse-is-now-for-sale/gallery/

Posted by: HughBriss | August 26, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Karl Rove won't be coming out, not as gay anyway. He will be coming out as a closet atheist though.

he may be an evil SOB, but he's a lot smarter than the useful christian idiots he's been taking advantage of. he could have been a preacher :-)

Posted by: eezmamata | August 26, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

And there goes the progress of UNESCO's/the globalists New World Order agenda of GLOBAL GOVERNANCE. Their agenda is to buy out all that need to be bought, the politicians, the bankers, the economists, the homos and the lesbos and the so called "progressives" to push their agenda of political collapse, economic and financial collapse and moral collapse in order to break down the strength of a sovereign nation FOR ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT. Those of you who don't know it, ARE IGNORANT SHEEP!

Posted by: Oops1 | August 25, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse
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Interesting....interesting indeed.

Posted by: cbmuzik | August 26, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Where is Don Wildmon hiding at??? I believe this was one of his "MORAL MAJORITY PEOPLE". So was Tom DeLay, and many more corrupt republicans. Thank God he never puts a democrat on his list.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | August 26, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

to paraphrase Artie from the Larry Sanders show:

"Who runs the GOP?"

"The jews."

"No, the gay jews."

Posted by: Section107 | August 26, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Just when you thought the GOP wasn't a big tent party...

Posted by: dognabbit | August 26, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Ought to go like gangbusters on the Hindu Kush. Who or what is next?

Posted by: phvr38 | August 26, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

dnha wrote:
"Why all the animosity? Is it because he's Republican?"

R U a moron? He, despite being gay himself, actively worked to demonize other gays for the political gain of his masters by stirring up the GOPs hateful base.

Posted by: trblmkr1 | August 26, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

"Being gay and being conservative are not mutually exclusive.." just stupid and hypocritical.

Posted by: reyrivera | August 26, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

He wasn't caught in a public bathroom or with a rentboy in Florida. He came out when he was ready in as dignified a manner as possible. This is a step in the right direction for the GOP.

Posted by: tansymoth | August 26, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

How did he look at himself in the mirror all those years when he and Rove were pushing their fear-mongering buttons? Now we Know who that WH "reporter" was visiting in the WH.

Posted by: trblmkr1 | August 26, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure Ken Doll is crying all the way to the bank. Has anyone see "The Conformist"? about the closet case who became a henchman for Mussolini?

Posted by: mrminiver | August 26, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Wait a second. I thought liberals thought being gay was fine. Why all the animosity? Is it because he's Republican? There has been a group for years called the Log Cabin Republicans. What difference does this guy's or anyone's sexual orientation matter? I guess there's no privacy in the bedroom anymore. It's the same as hating successful women. If they aren't liberal they have no rights and get no support from lib groups. I thought a woman rising to be CEO of a Fortune 500 company was a good thing. Oh right, not if she's a Republican. You liberal hypocrites need to put a sock in it.

Posted by: dnha | August 26, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Wait a second. I thought liberals thought being gay was fine. Why all the animosity? Is it because he's Republican? There has been a group for years called the Log Cabin Republicans. What difference does this guy's or anyone's sexual orientation matter? I guess there's no privacy in the bedroom anymore. It's the same as hating successful women. If they aren't liberal they have no rights and get no support from lib groups. I thought a woman rising to be CEO of a Fortune 500 company was a good thing. Oh right, not if she's a Republican. You liberal hypocrites need to put a sock in it.

Posted by: dnha | August 26, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Don't you just love all these folks, who demand tolerance and inclusivity, and just cannot help themselves spewing hatred and intolerance.

It makes you wonder who is fraudulent.


Posted by: jpfann | August 26, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Wow, more score keeping on political agendas and personal casualties. Do you *really* think the rest of America cares whether this guy - virtually unknown to the rest of the country outside of political circles - is gay? Politely, Establishment Washington, head on over to the corner there and perform an anatomical impossibility. The rest of us need a break.

Posted by: oxybalmoron | August 26, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Huh? Another promoter of the right wing, so-called Christian, family values, "All American" club a hypocrite? Shocking. Simply shocking.

Posted by: map529 | August 26, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Maybe sometime soon conservatives will realize that being gay does not mean you can't do a job....any job, and that why would anybody choose to be gay in our society. It is something that has been in you since birth. It's more than just a lifestyle it's who you are. We can all get along, we just need to be civil to one another.

I wish Mr. Mehlman all the happiness and success in his life. This coming from a liberal, straight man.

Posted by: dadofkmm | August 26, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Here is another example of Republican "Hypocrisy", and they call themselves "devout Christians".

Commandment Number 6: You shall not murder.
I guess Bush (Sr. and Jr.) and Cheney must have missed that memo when the invaded Iraq. And Cheney must have missed it when he shot Harry Whittington in the face. I bet Harry won't cross him again.

Commandment Number 7: “You shall not commit adultery."
Mark Sanford caught committing adultery. The party of family values, indeed!
John Ensign admits to affair with wife of a staffer and close friend. (He's guilty of the 10th Commandment too)
John McCain was still married to first wife when he took up with the current Mrs. McCain.
Newt Gingrich (x2, at least)
Vic Fossella admitted to police to having a child out-of-wedlock when stopped for drunk driving.
Larry Craig (same sex encounters count, too)
David Vitter (ditto paid-for encounters) implicated as a client of "D.C. Madam
Donald Sherwood admitted to an affair with a woman 30 years younger than him, after she accused him of physical abuse and attempting to choke her.
Ed Schrock, with a 92% approval rating from the Christian Coalition, had tapes of him soliciting for gay sex were circulated.
Donald "Buzz" Lukens was found guilty of having sex with a minor - a girl he was accused of sleeping with since she was 13.
Dan Burton while married, fathered a child by another woman.[106]
Dan Crane, Received a 100% "Morality Rating" from Christian Voice. Had sex with a minor working as a congressional page.
Helen Chenowith in 1995 admitted to a six-year adulterous affair with a married associate.
Henry Hyde Judge who oversaw Clinton's impeachment proceedings had an extramarital affair with a woman who was married and had three children.
Mark Foley resigned after trying to solicit sex from male congressional pages via an instant messenger program.

Commandment Number 9: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Whoa, guess they did not get that memo either while trashing Mexicans, Latins, Blacks, and Muslims. I heard one Republican say "They are not my neighbors."

While Democrats are not innocent, they are not hypocrites and they don’t go around waving the “I am holier than thou” flag. Nor, do they spend countless hours whining.
Commandment Number 8: “You shall not steal.
If passing 3 tax unpaid for cuts for rich, and starting 2 unpaid wars and dumping them in the next President's lap is stealing, what is?

One more thing, on August 11 on Morning Joe, the “Sqwack on the Street/Intake,” Joe asked the woman if Repub will take the House of Representatives? She responded, “The markets predict 61% that Repub will take the House.” Dylan and Joe looked at each other and Joe says “Alright we are going to do it old school style.” This is an example of the deviant behavior that plagued our country during 8 years of Bush. Repub, pretend like the country is your Mother, and Momma says clean it up!

Posted by: ohb4usa | August 26, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Here is another example of Republican "Hypocrisy", and they call themselves "devout Christians".

Commandment Number 6: You shall not murder.
I guess Bush (Sr. and Jr.) and Cheney must have missed that memo when the invaded Iraq. And Cheney must have missed it when he shot Harry Whittington in the face. I bet Harry won't cross him again.

Commandment Number 7: “You shall not commit adultery."
Mark Sanford caught committing adultery. The party of family values, indeed!
John Ensign admits to affair with wife of a staffer and close friend. (He's guilty of the 10th Commandment too)
John McCain was still married to first wife when he took up with the current Mrs. McCain.
Newt Gingrich (x2, at least)
Vic Fossella admitted to police to having a child out-of-wedlock when stopped for drunk driving.
Larry Craig (same sex encounters count, too)
David Vitter (ditto paid-for encounters) implicated as a client of "D.C. Madam
Donald Sherwood admitted to an affair with a woman 30 years younger than him, after she accused him of physical abuse and attempting to choke her.
Ed Schrock, with a 92% approval rating from the Christian Coalition, had tapes of him soliciting for gay sex were circulated.
Donald "Buzz" Lukens was found guilty of having sex with a minor - a girl he was accused of sleeping with since she was 13.
Dan Burton while married, fathered a child by another woman.[106]
Dan Crane, Received a 100% "Morality Rating" from Christian Voice. Had sex with a minor working as a congressional page.
Helen Chenowith in 1995 admitted to a six-year adulterous affair with a married associate.
Henry Hyde Judge who oversaw Clinton's impeachment proceedings had an extramarital affair with a woman who was married and had three children.
Mark Foley resigned after trying to solicit sex from male congressional pages via an instant messenger program.

Commandment Number 9: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Whoa, guess they did not get that memo either while trashing Mexicans, Latins, Blacks, and Muslims. I heard one Republican say "They are not my neighbors."

While Democrats are not innocent, they are not hypocrites and they don’t go around waving the “I am holier than thou” flag. Nor, do they spend countless hours whining.
Commandment Number 8: “You shall not steal.
If passing 3 tax unpaid for cuts for rich, and starting 2 unpaid wars and dumping them in the next President's lap is stealing, what is?

One more thing, on August 11 on Morning Joe, the “Sqwack on the Street/Intake,” Joe asked the woman if Repub will take the House of Representatives? She responded, “The markets predict 61% that Repub will take the House.” Dylan and Joe looked at each other and Joe says “Alright we are going to do it old school style.” This is an example of the deviant behavior that plagued our country during 8 years of Bush. Repub, pretend like the country is your Mother, and Momma says clean it up!

Posted by: ohb4usa | August 26, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Here is another example of Republican "Hypocrisy", and they call themselves "devout Christians".

Commandment Number 6: You shall not murder.
I guess Bush (Sr. and Jr.) and Cheney must have missed that memo when the invaded Iraq. And Cheney must have missed it when he shot Harry Whittington in the face. I bet Harry won't cross him again.

Commandment Number 7: “You shall not commit adultery."
Mark Sanford caught committing adultery. The party of family values, indeed!
John Ensign admits to affair with wife of a staffer and close friend. (He's guilty of the 10th Commandment too)
John McCain was still married to first wife when he took up with the current Mrs. McCain.
Newt Gingrich (x2, at least)
Vic Fossella admitted to police to having a child out-of-wedlock when stopped for drunk driving.
Larry Craig (same sex encounters count, too)
David Vitter (ditto paid-for encounters) implicated as a client of "D.C. Madam
Donald Sherwood admitted to an affair with a woman 30 years younger than him, after she accused him of physical abuse and attempting to choke her.
Ed Schrock, with a 92% approval rating from the Christian Coalition, had tapes of him soliciting for gay sex were circulated.
Donald "Buzz" Lukens was found guilty of having sex with a minor - a girl he was accused of sleeping with since she was 13.
Dan Burton while married, fathered a child by another woman.[106]
Dan Crane, Received a 100% "Morality Rating" from Christian Voice. Had sex with a minor working as a congressional page.
Helen Chenowith in 1995 admitted to a six-year adulterous affair with a married associate.
Henry Hyde Judge who oversaw Clinton's impeachment proceedings had an extramarital affair with a woman who was married and had three children.
Mark Foley resigned after trying to solicit sex from male congressional pages via an instant messenger program.

Commandment Number 9: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Whoa, guess they did not get that memo either while trashing Mexicans, Latins, Blacks, and Muslims. I heard one Republican say "They are not my neighbors."

While Democrats are not innocent, they are not hypocrites and they don’t go around waving the “I am holier than thou” flag. Nor, do they spend countless hours whining.
Commandment Number 8: “You shall not steal.
If passing 3 tax unpaid for cuts for rich, and starting 2 unpaid wars and dumping them in the next President's lap is stealing, what is?

One more thing, on August 11 on Morning Joe, the “Sqwack on the Street/Intake,” Joe asked the woman if Repub will take the House of Representatives? She responded, “The markets predict 61% that Repub will take the House.” Dylan and Joe looked at each other and Joe says “Alright we are going to do it old school style.” This is an example of the deviant behavior that plagued our country during 8 years of Bush. Repub, pretend like the country is your Mother, and Momma says clean it up!

Posted by: ohb4usa | August 26, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Ken Mehlman's gay? Well, good for him. He's still a d-bag Republican. Took him 43 years to come out. Seems like Republicans are always finding out they're gay in recent years. Wonder how long it'll take for Dubya, Cheney, and Rove to come out.

Posted by: fbutler1 | August 26, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

americans are suffering and dying in craphole countries,economy is in shambles and the media continues to bombard by selling this ridiculous crap

Posted by: pofinpa | August 26, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Yay!

Posted by: tryingtobeagoodhuman | August 26, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Yay!

Posted by: tryingtobeagoodhuman | August 26, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Good for him. I hope he can spend the rest of his life undoing the damage that he's inflicted on innocent people to further his own career. I also hope he's got a great psychotherapist to help him get over the huge amount of self-loathing that was required to have a career of orchestrating campaigns of scapegoating homosexual people.

It would be nice if these guys would come out of the closet before their first careers were washed up. Really, come out, come out wherever you are -- there's a whole friendly world of people gay and straight who are ready to accept you for who you are. Gyou don't have to stay in the closet until it kills you.

Posted by: elizestrada | August 26, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

americans are suffering and dying in craphole countries,economy is in shambles and the media continues to bombard by selling this ridiculous crap

Posted by: pofinpa | August 26, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

@Narquan, You're hallucinating. It's not the 'gist' of the article and it's not secret, the man said he came out because he wants to help gays gain equal rights. Crystal clear. Is that what you're pointing to as a 'gay agenda'? Equal rights? Have you even read the decision the judge handed down over prop 8? There is nothing but sound logic in it. And the opposition? What did they put forward to support the ban? Nothing logical at all. Be careful what you wish for - there are a bunch of straights out there, particularly on the bench, who will be swayed by the application of logic.

Posted by: phillipw1 | August 26, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

And this is news? It's been rumored and confirmed for years in the gay community that Mehlman was and is gay. Oh, and a message to poster randykree--in a gay male relationship, NEITHER "takes the part of the woman".

Posted by: dnealesq | August 26, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Seems like the LameStream media is publicly acknowledging what isn't exactly a secret, that many Republican strategists are gay.

The media is controlled by flaming liberals and want you to believe in a monolithic 'Gay community' all marching together for gay marriage and other items on the progressive agenda.

The truth, as revealed today, is very different and shows just how diverse, politically, Gays are....perhaps even breaking the choke-hold media gays have on America's perceptions. Many gays would prefer government be out of the marriage business and would prefer negotiated civil agreements....maybe media gays are blinded by advertising revenue and announcements?

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | August 26, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Guess what? 5-10% of males are gay. That's a scientific fact. Take a large enough group and the statistics will rule .. 5-10% of Republican males are gay. The real question is, if they could 'change' why haven't they? They certainly couldn't be happy surrounded by the hate and venom directed at gays from their own party?

Now, it's time for the rest to come out and challenge their anti-government brethren. Why should they all the Government to decide who gets married?

Posted by: thebobbob | August 26, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

As usual, the Left wants everybody else to believe that the worst crime is "hypocrisy" ~ for that they reserve the death penalty.

Ken probably ought to stay away from Capitol Hill parties for a few years. It's clear his little friends are going to cut out his gizzard, if not other body parts.

Posted by: muawiyah | August 26, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

And there goes the progress of UNESCO's/the globalists New World Order agenda of GLOBAL GOVERNANCE. Their agenda is to buy out all that need to be bought, the politicians, the bankers, the economists, the homos and the lesbos and the so called "progressives" to push their agenda of political collapse, economic and financial collapse and moral collapse in order to break down the strength of a sovereign nation FOR ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT. Those of you who don't know it, ARE IGNORANT SHEEP!

Posted by: Oops1
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Note to self: Invest life savings in tin foil.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | August 26, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

And there goes the progress of UNESCO's/the globalists New World Order agenda of GLOBAL GOVERNANCE. Their agenda is to buy out all that need to be bought, the politicians, the bankers, the economists, the homos and the lesbos and the so called "progressives" to push their agenda of political collapse, economic and financial collapse and moral collapse in order to break down the strength of a sovereign nation FOR ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT. Those of you who don't know it, ARE IGNORANT SHEEP!

Posted by: Oops1
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Note to self: Invest life savings in tin foil.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | August 26, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Nice of Ken to open up.

But he still cannot be forgiven for being a Republican! A vile one at that!

Posted by: kishorgala | August 26, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Skip a mile in his shoes.

Posted by: whocares666 | August 26, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Ken Mehlman is gay? That's not news. That the media waited until the end of the W Bush administration to report it, now that is news.

It would be news if Ken disclosed that he's a top (because frankly, Sally is a big bottom).

Posted by: Abe2 | August 26, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

The gist of the WP story suggests a gay person is obliged in some mysterious way to follow a "gay agenda," assuming as the Post does, that there is such a thing. If this is true, then it should be put first and foremost as the argument to overturn the gay judge in CA that ruled in favor of gay marriage. If he had no other option, as the Post writer seems to suggest in this story, then he hardly can be considered an impartian and fair arbitor of fact, eh wot?

Posted by: Narquan | August 26, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

I am surprised by the ferocity of these negative comments. Yes, he *was* a hypocrite - he worked against equal rights for the group of people he is a part of. He has admitted this and said he wants to be true to himself and his community in the future. Don't any of you believe in redemption? I think when people who are well known on the right come out, it provides real examples that this is not an issue of left vs. right, it's something that affects all people. It is of tremendous benefit to the cause. We should welcome people who decide to come out, regardless of what they did while they were hiding in the closet. It's a step in the right direction for Ken personally, and the movement for equality gains another supporter. What's the downside? It doesn't mean that Ken has a clean slate and everything that he did was ok, but it is progress! All of you who feel it necessary to reject and ridicule him for coming out should get over it - you are being petty and your vindictiveness is detrimental to the cause that you support.

Posted by: danny7 | August 26, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Pretty much every Republican male is a closet homo. This is a fact.

Posted by: jakemehoffer | August 26, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

The real story here - and the one that the Washington Post will never touch - is how Melman's homosexuality was a widely-known secret in DC, yet no news organization ever managed to mention it, even when Melman's boss was eagerly trying to write gay people out of the US Constitution.

Posted by: gmcduluth | August 26, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Says cainemarko1 ("August 26, 2010 10:00 AM"): "apparently its cool to be a Republican bigot."

Well said.

Posted by: LeighOats | August 26, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

You already have every other right to a civil union in most states. Are'nt you really just using this as a way to attack the church?

Posted by: jj199234 |

jj199234, you are misinformed. Gay Americans are most definitely not afforded the right to a civil union in most states. Why not get the government out of marriage entirely -- for homosexuals and heterosexuals? Let every couple, whether gay or straight, apply for a "civil union" license from their state, and if they are of a religious inclination go through whatever "marriage" ceremony their particular religion provides for. That would level the playing field for all couples, and I would think be of interest to conservatives who supposedly don't want the government involved in the personal, and especially the religious, lives of Americans.

Posted by: SouthernerInDC | August 26, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Says jj199234 at the start of a post at "August 26, 2010 9:54 AM": "I'm confused."

That part is accurate. The rest is fantasy.

Posted by: LeighOats | August 26, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Re: RNC Chair Mehlman:

As Glenda the good witch said to the Munchins in the Wizard of Oz said, "Come out, come out, where ever you are..."

Onward to full civil and marriage equality rights in 21st century America and abroad.

Cheers, Joe Mustich, Justice of the Peace,
Washington, Connecticut, USA

And since we're talking about the Wizard of Oz, need I add and "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...." Well in America, we better pay attention to the folks behind the screen...

Posted by: cornetmustich | August 26, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

It’s always interesting to read the left leaning readers comments when stories like this come out. It’s the same every time, they freely express their bigotry for the people they don’t like, apparently its cool to be a Republican bigot. Theirs is a different kind of bigotry though. It’s not morally reprehensible as long as it’s an approved group. Is there a list somewhere I can check? On the DailyKos perhaps? The justified bigotry group. Hypocrites.

Posted by: cainemarko1 | August 26, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

And this is news?

Why?

Stupidity continues to abound.

This man is now vilified by both homo and hetro communities as I read these posts. What has he gained? Does he need self-assurance that he has made the correct decision? Sympathy? Empathy?

Just shut the heck up and lead your life.

Posted by: dharper2 | August 26, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I'm confused.

Pervasive thru out this posting, gays hate Christians (GOP) and most other religious sects because they are trying to keep them from getting married.

Some how you feel it is a basic right.

I always understood marriage to be a religious act mandated by God that the state hijacked so they could make money off of it by charging fees and such. So why would you want to get married and submit yourselves to some religious act?

You already have every other right to a civil union in most states. Are'nt you really just using this as a way to attack the church?

Posted by: jj199234 | August 26, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

"I'm shocked that this was linked to google from the Wapost and not fox news.....this isn't their headline today?"

The D key on the title machine was broken today. The Foxnews way is to label Republican miscreants as Democrats until someone notices.

Posted by: mattintx | August 26, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

To quote musician Ben Harper: "my choice is what I choose to do and if I'm causing no harm it shouldn't bother you/ your choice is who you choose to be and if your causin' no harm then you're alright with me"

Something we all need to use in our lives. Sad part is that the RNC will rip Mr. Mehlman apart just like they did with the judge who ruled that Prop 8 was unconstitutional because they don't fit into a neat category.

Posted by: townhousekids | August 26, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

OMG! A GAY Republican? What a hypocrite!!

Why is "coming out" such a big to-do these days? And why is it a big to-do at all??

What's next, revealing that you have black blood flowing in your veins even though you pass off as white??

Who really cares and what does one's sexual orientation have to do with their ability to do their work?

Posted by: Grumpypaul | August 26, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

"Gay?" asks rjma1 ("August 26, 2010 9:40 AM"). "As in homosexual? But isn't that an abomination in the Bible?"

Well, as far as anybody knows, Jesus Christ himself kept his mouth shut on that subject.

Posted by: LeighOats | August 26, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

OMG! A GAY Republican? What a hypocrite!!

Why is "coming out" such a big to-do these days? And why is it a big to-do at all??

What's next, revealing that you have black blood flowing in your veins even though you pass off as white??

Who really cares and what does one's sexual orientation have to do with their ability to do their work?

Posted by: Grumpypaul | August 26, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Ken, but you're still vilified by 90% of gays who hate you for the work you did with Rove and Bush. You are a pariah to the gay community (and frankly, you weren't fooling anyone all these years. We all KNEW you were gay).

The other 10%? They're the conservative gays who would sell their mother into prostitution for a tax cut. They have no values or morals, which puts you in perfect company. Loser.

Posted by: B-rod | August 26, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Gay? As in homosexual? But isn't that an abomination in the Bible? Does this mean he is condemned to hell? Bet he won't be running any more Republican presidential election campaign.

But I'm glad he's more comfortable with himself and I'm being sincere.

Posted by: rjma1 | August 26, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Posted by: falcon269 | August 26, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

"A lot of hatred on this site," says cadam72 ("August 26, 2010 9:25 AM"). "The fact remains that he said he "Just figured it out [. . .]."

Link, please.

Posted by: LeighOats | August 26, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Another reason as a conservative I loathe the republican party. Not because the man is gay but because he typifies the hypocrisy of the party's core and leadership. Here’s an example of why many are rallying with the tea partiers and not the Republican “mainstream.” The republican party should rename itself the “Hypocrites Are US” party.

Posted by: SSTK34 | August 26, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Well, Ken, nobody is buying this "personal struggle" meme you're trying to sell, to make yourself more sympathetic. You and your Republican colleagues in leadership circles have always known you were gay.

I guess if you can sleep knowing how you screwed over people like yourself, who actually had/have a personal struggle, you can sleep knowing you helped unleash a slaughter on 600,000 Iraqi innocents and sent 4,000 US soldiers to their deaths for oil and war profits.

Enjoy that new Chelsea condo you bought. I know you need those rent boys nearby, as no self respecting gay man would ever want to be with you.

Posted by: bayern-guy | August 26, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I guess now, that he's openly admitted that he is gay, he will be switching his party affiliation too? :)

Posted by: valbmet | August 26, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

cross, your post sounds tongue-in-cheek. I'll take it that way.

Posted by: mcsquared65 | August 26, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Man, it’s a good day in America when conservative jerks wake up to news like this.
I have had the God-given privilege of having a live-and-let-live mentality which has served me well, and when I see moralizing loudmouths with absolutely zero self-awareness burning through their short time on this Earth with hatred and indignant rants on what God wants us to act like, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
But when I know that dedicated conservatives will pop a fuse when they read this, it makes me give a humble thank you nod to The Man Upstairs for tweaking His Misguided Followers so relentlessly. Even an atheist can’t help but see this as more undeniable proof of the existence of God.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | August 26, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

I went to college with him, and when people asked me if I thought he was gay, I said "Don't know, never saw him with a girl or guy. I mean, who would touch that?"

Sorry, has more to do with his repugnant personality than his woeful looks.

Posted by: chunche | August 26, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Nice try, but this is still not proof of the existence of God.


That would require Gingrich and Cheney coming out simultaneously and acknowledging their forbidden love.

Still good news, though.

Posted by: irae | August 26, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Rule of thumb-if you're a judgemental Republican, you must secretly be gay, go to prostitutes, cheat on your wife, or be in to child pornography! It's like Germany before WW II where the most rigid, conservatives were always those that practiced some behavior in their private lives that others in their sect would find deviant. Is the party of morality & the iron cross of Christianity going to condemn him?

Posted by: crossroadsnow | August 26, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Glad he's out. Sad that this is even news. We have made some progress but we have a long way to go.

Posted by: dricks | August 26, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

A lot of hatred on this site. The fact remains that he said he "Just figured it out" and there are quite a few men out there who struggle with their sexuality. Gays have an opportunity through him now to reach out to more republicans and sway their opinion on basic rights. Stap throwing bricks. Being gay doesn't mean he is any less fiscally conservative, etc.

Posted by: cadam72 | August 26, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

He is still a two-bagger nonetheless, one for him and one for you in case his falls off.

Another self loathing closet case like Neal Albert, Jair Lynch, and Fenty using the veil of secrecy to hide all kinds of nasty, pernicious behavior. The Nazi Party was riddled with them until they were "expunged".

Posted by: SoCali | August 26, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Who cares if he is a gay, a republican, a democrat, Jewish, or Catholic for that matter, human. I can accept him being gay, but being a Republican! Please... and in a party that hates gays, blacks, liberals, and women, and professes equality for all as long as your white, that is another story.

My question is what does listing him as Jewish have to do with the gay issue., Are you trying to say gays are Jews and both should be crucified... Wake up america, your son or daughter may be gay, do you love them any the less.. If you do. i feel sorry for you.

Posted by: unshuldig | August 26, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Haven't seen this much glee at a closet exit since Rock Hudson.

Posted by: olthadi | August 26, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Yawn!
He came out to celebrate, but only after the Bush wagon has left.

Posted by: wu78754 | August 26, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Who cares if he is gay, republican, a democrat, Jewish, or Catholic for that matter, I can accept him being gay, but being a Republican! in a party that hates gays, blacks, liberals, and women, and professes equality for all al song as your white, that is another story.

My question is what does listing him as Jewish have to do with the gay issue., Are you trying to say gays are Jews and both should be crucified... Wake up america, your son or daughter may be gay, do you love them any the less.. If you do. i feel sorry for you.

Posted by: unshuldig | August 26, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

I'm shocked that this was linked to google from the Wapost and not fox news.....this isn't their headline today?

Posted by: milkman57 | August 26, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Haven't seen this much glee at a closet exit since Rock Hudson.

Posted by: olthadi | August 26, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

. . . and again, and again, and again. Like i always say the "guilty" always scream the loudest. I suspect that over 50% of republicants are gay that and their self-loathing is killing the rest of us.

Posted by: therev1 | August 26, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Melman sounds like a typical Republican hypocrite to me. No surprise. Just sad that he would work so hard against gay rights and manage a campaign that demagogued the gay marriage issue.

Posted by: spro | August 26, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Who cares if he is gay republican democrate Jewish, Caotholic, , My question is what does listing him as Jewish have to do with the gay issue., Are you trying to say gays are Jews and both should be crucified... Wake up america, your son or daughter may be gay, do you love them any the less.. If you do. i feel sorry for you.

Posted by: unshuldig | August 26, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Says spro ("August 26, 2010 9:05 AM"): "I hope that my congressman, Walter Jones, Jr., comes out next."

Now, then. Let's not read too much into the word "congress".

Posted by: LeighOats | August 26, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

and in today's other news: water is wet, grass is green and the sky is blue.

This has been an open secret for years. However, folks were too afraid to call him on it for fear of the political consequences.

Posted by: i_n_k_e_d | August 26, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Conservatives are no morally different than anybody but they say so.They cheat on their wives, they're gay,they lie, steal and so forth. But the difference is they are hypocrites. Jesus just to call people like them bleached tombs.

Posted by: rappahanock | August 26, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

It's no wonder FOX NEWS beats you 10 to 1...
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The one talking point that Fox brings up on every show, on every newscast, every five minutes.

That's very important news.

Posted by: tropunlim | August 26, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

I hope that my congressman, Walter Jones, Jr., comes out next.

Posted by: spro | August 26, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

The incorrect statement that the appeals court overruled the lower court is shameful. Anyone who writes for the Washington Post ought to report the basic facts accurately. I am disappointed. I expect better from the Washington Post.

Posted by: PLM671 | August 26, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

If it weren't natural, why is it the same size and shape as a peni5? and why is there a prostate back there? (BTW if you're male and you haven't played with it, you have no idea what you're missing. Every male should know they have a G-spot.)

Posted by: tropunlim | August 26, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

You Naikuberi

First no need to scream your frustration.

Second, no gay would have to come out and fight. It is you bigots who INSIST on coming into OUR bedrooms and keeping US from having the same benefits as you straight guys. IF THE GOP would stay out of our lives and not impose your backwards moral religious thinking onto secular society and use words like you all do, allow us to marry the ones we love and have the same access to benefits are married people, you would probably not hear a peep out of the gay community.

But just like any MINORITY it is important to stand up for basic human rights and have some dignity.

It is the neanderthals like yourself that have no dignity nor brains.

Posted by: racerdoc | August 26, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

I thought most republicans are closet cases anyways...

Posted by: kenk3 | August 26, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Just another RINO.

Posted by: Modeldon_9


NE, he was the CHAIRMAN of the Republican National Committee.

Posted by: vigor | August 26, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

OMG... What a scandal.... Hell, he's probably secretly a democrap as well... With all the Washington scandal occurring right now and this is what you call news? It's no wonder FOX NEWS beats you 10 to 1... Keep up the good work...

Posted by: AverageAmerican1 | August 26, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

On second thought--I'm actually more interested in finding out why the Washington Post helped cover up the fact that the anti-gay RNC chair diring Budh II's reign was gay. Mehlman's "revelation" is of no real interest.

Posted by: redcrowgrrl | August 26, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Ah, the GOP. A bigger bunch of lying hypocrites has never existed on earth. Wasn't this dude one of the gang who wanted to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage? And now that he's out of the political limelight, he's suddenly found religion (so to speak). Why do all right-wingers do nothing but lie? And why are their adherents so nutty and stupid?

Posted by: chert | August 26, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Some people cannot tell the truth about anything: #1 -homosexuality is a chosen lifestyle -they are not born that way. If they were, they could not quit the lifestyle, but thousands do every year!
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I'm sorry, but you are incorrect.

You don't get to choose who you love, or who you're sexually attracted to. That's not a mind thing. That's a body thing.

Posted by: tropunlim | August 26, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Not surprised ... I remember when he used to come on 'Hardball.' My gydar started pinging.

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck ... its a duck.

Posted by: dpand1 | August 26, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

anyone notice (not every time mind you, but more often than the opposite) how the most bigoted posters (regardless of political affiliation) hit submit multiple times? Clearly, this is a statistical showing of their intelligence level.

Posted by: iamralph | August 26, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

So the LEADER of the ANTI-GAY party turns out to be gay.

How many more gay people are in the Republican Party?

10%?!

Mr. Mehlman urged a LOT of Americans to vote Anti-Gay while he went home and did the deed.

He was the LEADER, the CHAIRMAN of the Party!!

don't you people ever stop and wonder?!

Posted by: vigor | August 26, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

The Right Honourable Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chretien told the Vatican that there was to be no cross erected over the Canadian Parliament buildings figuratively speaking; when the Pope demanded the Prime Minister go against gay rights. An Alberta bishop had the audacity to say that The Canadian Prime Minister would go to hell for going against the church. Such outrageous evil threats. The Right Honourable Prime Minister in return; basically told the Pope to go to Hell! The Honourable Irwin Cotler, Canadian Minister of Justice, stood for equal rights for the gay community. With reference to protecting the children: The Honourable Hedy Fry, member of the Canadian Liberal Parliament, who happens to be a doctor who delivered many babies; spoke eloquently to defend the rights of babies being born and stated that she was in fact defending their rights by speaking on behalf of equal rights for the children and youth of the future -- defending their integrity and dignity. Minority rights must be decided by a dignified judicial system and/or a compassionate government.

United States is supposedly fighting for democracy but within the U.S. they treat gays like secondary citizens. Being black or being gay is just as natural. If blacks or women’s rights were cast to the masses to decide … then the majority or lunatic fringe in this case -- has the advantage to decide minority rights.

A great story pertains to a boy at a catholic school in Oshawa, Ontario who wanted to take his boyfriend to his school prom. The evil catholic school forbid this. A father of one of the boys is an employee with General Motors Canada and the courageous union leader Buzz Hargrove stood up for the boys’ rights. The boy took his case through the courts and because the evil catholic school was benefiting from government funding which demands equal rights void of discrimination; the judge ordered the school to allow the two young boys to attend together. Their limo arrived at their prom with adoring onlookers.

Tell them to take that cross and shove it where the sun don't shine and pay their taxes along the way before they take that cross down forever with its final station; extinction. It is written; so therefore it shall be? We are the chosen people? Such a wicked fantasy. To see the religious lunatics manipulate government and our lives is shameful. To think of Matthew Shepard choking on his own blood after being savagely beaten; virtually sanctioned by the church is evil beyond comprehension; yet is the same as boys being bullied into suicide; most likely being supported by the bullies parents’ religious cults. Bigotry and hatemongering against gays should be banned.
It is a sometimes rare occurrence to fall in Love and to hold that person in your heart and be loved in return ... it is something that should be celebrated! If it is between two guys or girls all the better. It takes even more courage to defend that LOVE!

Posted by: MacDonald1 | August 26, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Another self-loathing gay Republican comes out of the closet. It's beyond me how they live with themselves.

Posted by: Gary12 | August 26, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

There is no scientific evidence to prove any of the cross related bogus elements of christianity. Civilization goes back 2,000,000 years; 1,996,000 years before the Greeks, Romans and the Jews and 1,998,000 years pre-dating the myth of christianity which is a mere 2010 years old. In the year 300 AD when Emperor Constantine, who to some was the first pope; went on to fabricate & market Christianity - a fantasy - which turned out to be one of the most hateful & evil concoctions ever perpetrated on the world.

I am the son of a catholic father who never went to church and a protestant mother who took us to church and Sunday school. Onward christian soldiers; I think not. Such absolute drivel. To be manipulated by a santa claus; an easter bunny and worst of all a bogus cross. One should appreciate each day of life and not expect another and if there is it might be given by a God of Love.

The Vatican basically supported Hitler and religion is responsible for more corruption and violence in the world. Pope Ratzinger was involved in the Nazi youth. The Pope with his blatant witchcraft related to the bible and its hateful beliefs; tries to rule with extreme prejudice against a world … that may fall victim to religions' absolute evil. Many theologians state quite correctly that the birth; crucifixion; resurrection and other elements of christianity actually didn’t even happen! The pope is running a bigger fraud than Madoff’s $50 billion ripoff. Today’s evangelical extremists are like the nazis who cast others into ovens & are actually supremacists - who practice their bogus hocus pocus - and are trying to suppress and deprive others of their happiness and their legal rights in an open and proud society. Bring back the period when they threw the christians to the lions.

Einstein stated in a letter recently auctioned that the bible was a collection of primitive legends. He said believing in God was childish and he as a Jew is no different than another person and are not chosen by God. Do you want to be lambs at the slaughter or be wise and reject religious cultist manipulation? Mean & nasty; run by evil and bogus religious cults from Rome or wherever. Is this the world you want? The pope talks about ending prejudice and hate; what a hypocrite! Religion is a crutch for the insecure. Appreciate every day and if there is no tomorrow; then know that you were fortunate to have lived on this earth!

This bogus religious filth should be banned. It exists as a tax exempt structure which discriminates against human rights. The pope, bishops and mormons are cult members promoting discrimination against minorities. That bogus black book called the bible should be banned. Religion and the churches should now be exposed as a bigoted structure that gets away with hate mongering. Love between two guys or girls existed long before these cults existed. By enjoying their tax exempt status and benefits from the state it also puts them at the mercy of state.

Posted by: MacDonald1 | August 26, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Look at those who are stupid enough to believe that Eric Cantor, Glenn Beck, and Tony Perkins are heterosexuals! HAH!!
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OMG This

Posted by: tropunlim | August 26, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Some people cannot tell the truth about anything: #1 -homosexuality is a chosen lifestyle -they are not born that way. If they were, they could not quit the lifestyle, but thousands do every year! Also, #2 -there is nothing "gay" about dying young; suffering horribly; living a much shortened lifespan of 45 years or less on average -this just another deceiving lie of Satan.

Posted by: churchlionjudah | August 26, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Why do all the uneducated sheeple still believe that the GOP is not a corrupt orifice for the upper class? I am amazed that so many fools believe in the GOP garbage such as lower-middle-class people killing themselves to reinstate a tax break for the rich. I just don't get it.

Posted by: geneonlbk | August 26, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Gay people join the Republican Party because they feel guilty about their sexuality, and think that they can somehow "help" themselves by supporting causes that are harmful to their own acceptance.

This makes gays the most powerful players in the anti-gay party, only second to transexuals. Transexual Republicans are truly the greatest danger to the world. Like Ann Coulter. She's totally a man. A really hot, foul-mouthed man.

Posted by: tropunlim | August 26, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Why would I care how or with whom anyone has SEX in private ? ?
Talking about it in public is just trashy and low rent ! ! !
I care about trashy & low rent - and personal integrity. Garbage is just that.

Posted by: Senior1 | August 26, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Mehlman did more damage to this country than he can ever repair by telling us he had sex with men but always thought he was straight. This type of double speak makes sense only to the Republican PR machine. I hope the gay community encourages him to stay in his dank dark closet.

Posted by: redcrowgrrl | August 26, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

OMG! What's next, Glen Beck coming out!

Posted by: dbtinc | August 26, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

From the article itself: "An appeals court ruled earlier this month that the ban will stay in place until December, overruling a federal judge's decision that the ban was unconstitutional."

What a horrible misstatement of the facts: the judge stayed his own decision to allow the appeals court time to review his decision which that court then extended to December until they can rule. There was NO overruling the judge's decision.

But, of course, that's nowhere near as mistaken as TheHillman's stupid "According to 'science', which our Congressional leaders quote so often, there is no such thing as a born homosexual. Obviously, it is a choice and the individuals choose when to 'come out'."

There's no point in even bothering to respond to that comment - those like TheHillman have no interest in the actual facts - yet an awful lot of people do believe it. But then the majority of Americans don't know that the earth travels once around the sun in one year either. So what's the purpose?

(And I always find it interesting that people of this level of intelligence never know how to properly use quotes.)

Posted by: CosmosMarinerDU | August 26, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

The 'gays' are just too smart for the Republicans. They continually dupe them into believing they are straight. Look at those who are stupid enough to believe that Eric Cantor, Glenn Beck, and Tony Perkins are heterosexuals! HAH!!

Posted by: 12345leavemealone | August 26, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Oh, her! Like we didn't know this five years ago...puh-leeze!

Posted by: twnctyguy | August 26, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Liberals have been painting Republicans and Conservatives with a broad brush for years. In fact, I would bet there is a split in liberal thought on gay politics, just like conservatives have, it's just not publicized.
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Actually no. Liberals are pretty much all for gay marriage. There's no divide. Except for Obama, who inexplicably doesn't jump on the bandwagon here cause he's afraid of getting slaughtered in the media. But he's for gay marriage too.

Posted by: tropunlim | August 26, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Wow he finally admitted it. We all knew he was as gay as gay can be long ago. Glad he is finally being honest with himself and his family and the world at large. But what a hypocrite. I would not cry if he got hit by a bus. A big gay bus.

Posted by: doczoidberg | August 26, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Who cares? The only people ostracizing you are the Repubs.

I a Democrat and I could care less.

Posted by: celested91 | August 26, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Who cares? The only people ostracizing you are the Repubs.

I a Democrat and I could care less.

Posted by: celested91 | August 26, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Why would a gay person support and be a part of a party that wants nothing to do with them, or out-right demonizes them?

Posted by: jckdoors | August 26, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

And I'm reminded that most avowedly heterosexual males are thrilled by images of homosexual activity. That's if all of the depicted participants are female.

So the male so-called homophobes aren't anti all homosexual behavior. They're anti only male homosexual behavior (or they say they are). Their creed seems to be: "Go at each other like knives, gals! We love you!"

Posted by: LeighOats | August 26, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I would have respected him more if he had stood up against Bush and Rove and said their witch hunt against homosexuals was wrong. Its convenient that he waited until he was no longer in power before speaking out.

www.thebeardedcrank.com

Posted by: thebeardedcrank | August 26, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

It would seem that gay in the GOP is like pedophile in the priesthood.

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Posted by: rcc_2000 | August 26, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone really care about this gay man who came out? Really, if he were a gay Democrat would this even be news? WHO CARES?
Posted by: barrysal | August 26, 2010 7:18 AM
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But it is news because he was the top man of a political organization that's platform (and members) rail against homosexuality. Who cares? The citizens of the United States.

Posted by: Lefty_ | August 26, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Viper1 writes the following --
I find it amusing that the homosexual community only "comes out" when they feel it is politically advantageous.
According to "science," which our Congressional leaders quote so often, there is no such thing as a born homosexual. Obviously, it is a choice and the individuals choose when to "come out".
The deviant community is one of the most hateful organizations in existence.

Posted by: viper1 | August 26, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse
============================================In spite of the fact that your position does in fact fly in the face of the overwhelming consensus of scientest (what do they know eh?), you sound a lot like yet another angry self hating gay republican. Would all of you please just come out and get it over with?

Posted by: postaddict1 | August 26, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

O.M.G. More corruption from the Bush Adm. Is anyone surprised. Wake up voters get your heads out of the sand. The repubs are still holding wool over your eyes so don't wait until it is to late or they will finish ruining our country as the Bush Adm. came close.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | August 26, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Says a certain asterisk-fetishist ("August 26, 2010 12:09 AM"): "Homosexuals are so self-absorbed. Does the rest of the world really care if you are gay?"

You do, for a start. For some unvoiced reason.

Here, dear boy, lie down on this couch and relax. Make your mind emptier than it usually is. Now, when did you start having these sexual feelings about asterisks? What do those starry little things remind you of?

Posted by: LeighOats | August 26, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

This man is a gay republican not really unusual. Gays and lesbians have morals and standards also.They believe in individual responsibility, pro life, state rights, they believe you should work hard to be successful and not expect the govt. to take care of them. In fact the Gay and Lesbians that I have known, and worked with ,lived with were leaning more to the right then the left on most issues. I am conservative but don't have any heartburn with gays getting married. So big deal he's gay and he's republican get use to it you will see more of it they are sick of the empty promises from the left that won't help them.

Posted by: dshrader300 | August 26, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Liberals have been painting Republicans and Conservatives with a broad brush for years. In fact, I would bet there is a split in liberal thought on gay politics, just like conservatives have, it's just not publicized.

While there may be some (and my guess is a vocal few) conservatives that just aren't willing to tolerate gays, most conservatives have no problem with gay people. In fact, are willing to acccept them, as they are, with no problems.

That doesn't mean acceptance of gay marriage, however, which shouldn't be a determining factor about acceptance of gays. If I'm against gay marriage but for civil unions, how can you say I'm anti-gay? Well you can, of course, but it would be far from the truth. You could say I'm pro-marriage and don't feel it was meant for gay people and be a lot closer to accurate.

So here's to Ken Mehlman and here's to Ann Coulter for showing conservatives are willing to have a dialog. I can see another liberal meme going down the tubes.

Posted by: bflat879 | August 26, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

"According to "science," which our Congressional leaders quote so often, there is no such thing as a born homosexual. Obviously, it is a choice and the individuals choose when to "come out"."

Um, care to quote that 'science' which says homosexuality is a choice?

And if it is, can you tell me exactly what day you 'chose' to be straight?

Please, be specific. I'm sure it was a momentous event in your life.

So you must celebrate it in some way, yes?

The overwhelming majority of scientists believe that sexual orientation (both straight and gay) is not a casual choice, and that it's a combination of genetic factors and other items (including environment) so deeply ingrained in us that we really do not have a casual choice in the matter.

But, hey, if you've got 'science' to the contrary, by all means show it to the rest of us.

Posted by: TheHillman | August 26, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

He's an awful human being - he threw gays under the bus and let republicans run over them all to gain power.

Posted by: kcflood | August 26, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Seems like nakiberu is secretly gay and needs a good man. Don't deny what you are you teabaghead you. I think all repube men are secretly gay but too ugly to find a good man.

Posted by: davidsawh | August 26, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

I find it amusing that the homosexual community only "comes out" when they feel it is politically advantageous.
According to "science," which our Congressional leaders quote so often, there is no such thing as a born homosexual. Obviously, it is a choice and the individuals choose when to "come out".
The deviant community is one of the most hateful organizations in existence.

Posted by: viper1 | August 26, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone really care about this gay man who came out? Really, if he were a gay Democrat would this even be news? WHO CARES?

Posted by: barrysal | August 26, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

It's very telling that Mehlman had to stay in the closet while he was a Republican official. Only when the party no longer mattered to him did he feel free enough to be honest about himself!

Posted by: gasmonkey | August 26, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

It's very telling that Mehlman had to stay in the closet while he was a Republican official. Only when the party no longer mattered to him did he feel free enough to be honest about himself!

Posted by: gasmonkey | August 26, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

It's very telling that Mehlman had to stay in the closet while he was a Republican official. Only when the party no longer mattered to him did he feel free enough to be honest about himself!

Posted by: gasmonkey | August 26, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

momof20yo: Why do homosexuals think everyone 'needs' to know about their personal business? And why do they think we should give them special treatment because of who they choose to have sex with?
Seriously, it's not my business, I didn't ask you, I don't want to know, so quit telling me!!!! If homosexuals supposedly want their privacy, why aren't they keeping their sex preference private?
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Listen, bigot, for centuries people like you have made it your business. You have prosecuted and persecuted, killed, maimed, lobotomized, beaten, and banished.

Today, you continue to make it your business by having your secular law deny us rights afforded to you and your ilk on matter how trashy, immoral, sleazy, or reckless.

I couldn't care less about privacy. What I demand is the same secular rights as any other American. And when I put a photograph of my partner of 15 years on my desk at work, just like anyone else does, I demand that you shut you mouth and mind your own business, if you can't get over your rampaging bigotry.

Is that clear enough for you?

Posted by: uh_huhh | August 26, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

Come out, come out where ever you are! I love it.

Posted by: witchofwestghent | August 26, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

As a gay man who, 41 years ago, risked a suicide attempt in an effort to end my homosexual orientation that society said was so wrong, I should have empathy for Ken Mehlman. But NO!! He has known for many years that he's gay, and yet he participated in one of the vilest, most slanderous persecutions of a group of taxpaying Americans since the Salem witch trials and the House Unamerican Activities Committee activities of McCarthy, another Republican who I hope was not gay! I do not wish Mr. Mehlman well. Blogactive.com exposed this man many years ago because he was such a blatant hypocrite, and he now seeks the sympathy and understanding of gay men and women. What a crock!

Posted by: ChicagoJim | August 26, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

I came out as a heterosexual around the age of six when I fell in love from afar with a girl around my own age called Pam who attended my school but in a different year-class and whom I took to be unattainable. I left the school a couple of years later when my family moved to another town. I still remember her surname.

The point is that I had no control over my unvoiced feelings towards her, and I've never had such feelings for a male of any age. Some things in this world are not a matter of choice, and the sexuality that resides between our ears is one of those things. That fact is part of nature, just as green eyes or ginger hair is part of nature.

Posted by: LeighOats | August 26, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Ah Ha! I knew it. The guy has "gay" written all over his face. It's thing's like this that destroyed George Bush. Never a TRUE conservative but he put on a good show.

Another oddball thing about Bush was his weird affection for outlaw "immigrants". No true conservative would be pro-outlaw anything.

Bush's bad wars and high gas prices put the nails in his political coffin.

Too bad! All of Bush's problems ushered in the ObamaNation. Another disaster for America. Maybe the worst one of all.

Posted by: battleground51 | August 26, 2010 6:52 AM | Report abuse

Ah Ha! I knew it. The guy has "gay" written all over his face. It's thing's like this that destroyed George Bush. Never a TRUE conservative but he put on a good show.

Another oddball thing about Bush was his weird affection for outlaw "immigrants". No true conservative would be pro-outlaw anything.

Bush's bad wars and high gas prices put the nails in his political coffin.

Too bad! All of Bush's problems ushered in the ObamaNation. Another disaster for America. Maybe the worst one of all.

Posted by: battleground51 | August 26, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Ah Ha! I knew it. The guy has "gay" written all over his face. It's thing's like this that destroyed George Bush. Never a TRUE conservative but he put on a good show.

Another oddball thing about Bush was his weird affection for outlaw "immigrants". No true conservative would be pro-outlaw anything.

Bush's bad wars and high gas prices put the nails in his political coffin.

Too bad! All of Bush's problems ushered in the ObamaNation. Another disaster for America. Maybe the worst one of all.

Posted by: battleground51 | August 26, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

Maybe this will encourage Eric Cantor to finally come out as well.

Posted by: freedom5 | August 26, 2010 6:27 AM | Report abuse

Given his active support for the Rove-directed agenda of hate and discrimination, Mehlman earns the distinction of Quisling of the Year. Re his "explanations": Mehlman (like ALL gopers), thy name is hypocrite.

Most REAL Americans have simply grown tired of the pure hate and venom spewed forth by these ugly people and react with disgust -- not sympathy -- when one conveniently discovers the errors of his/her ways.

Posted by: ImaDem | August 26, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

"If homosexuals supposedly want their privacy," asks momof20yo ("August 26, 2010 5:28 AM"), "why aren't they keeping their sex preference private?"

Dear momof20yo, you've told the world more about your sexuality than the world needs to know.

Anyway, you studiously miss the point: In most parts of the world one's sexual orientation is for some occult reason considered by law to be everybody's business.

Posted by: LeighOats | August 26, 2010 6:11 AM | Report abuse

Interesting. Working on legislation and supporting language against Gay's and making an open gay admission. I admire his courage. However, being a hypocrite all those years working for George W. Bush, and espousing far-right attitudes against, minorities, gays and lesbians, just seems to come off as these GOP folks are great liars at whatever comes out of their mouth.

The GOP "brand" appears to be for the good ole boys from the South and any other liars, hypocrites, etc are free to join up.

Posted by: patmatthews | August 26, 2010 5:38 AM | Report abuse

Why do homosexuals think everyone 'needs' to know about their personal business? And why do they think we should give them special treatment because of who they choose to have sex with?

Seriously, it's not my business, I didn't ask you, I don't want to know, so quit telling me!!!! If homosexuals supposedly want their privacy, why aren't they keeping their sex preference private?

Posted by: momof20yo | August 26, 2010 5:28 AM | Report abuse

Why do we 'need' to know this? I don't know this guy . . ..and I really DON'T want to know about his (should still be private) sex preference?

Posted by: momof20yo | August 26, 2010 5:23 AM | Report abuse

Mehlman is a self-serving hypocrite. Everybody has known he was gay for years, while he, as a Benedict Arnold, raised money and elected candidates, running on rabidly anti-gay platforms. He and Rove are responsible for putting anti-gay laws on ballots in 13 states when Bush was running, just to turn out the right wing religious mouth breathers.

And, they laugh up their sleeves at the religious wing of the GOP, while they took their money and votes. They are no different that Gingrich, who has extra-marital affairs while making speeches about family values.

These GOP closet cases are in it for the money, and care nothing about honesty, truth, and certainly could not care less about their country.

I will not offer him congratulations, good wishes, or acknowledge this hyped up "personal struggle" of his. He's known what he was for years and lied about it.

Nothing new about that for GOPers.

Posted by: bayern-guy | August 26, 2010 4:13 AM | Report abuse


"It has taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life."
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Congrats!

Better late than never. I guess it was impossible to come out under Bush ans his gang for which you worked so hard M. Mehlman, promoting their agenda, among others, bashing gays and lesbians all day long ansd promotting family values.

See! It's not that hard to come through as we (the average folks) don't give a hoot about who sleeps with who. But we certainly hate the double-faced who only come out with big stance when they are caught pants down in some airport lavatory or hiring escort boys while presiding America's evangilical churches and demonizing and lynching gays in all is semons, and giving spritual advice every Sunday to the ex-prez.

See what I mean?

Have a nice day M. Mehlman, and whishing you and everybody (straight otr otherwise) well, please remember the old wise saying:

"LIVE AND LET LIVE"

Posted by: bekabo | August 26, 2010 4:11 AM | Report abuse

In reply to the errant but self-labeled "technically correct" suenjim, ricklinguist ("August 25, 2010 10:05 PM") rightly says: "It's time to move on. 'Gay' is a perfectly fine word of English and a perfectly fine way of referring to gay people."

But as far as language is concerned the debate should be about whether females can be "gay" and whether they can be "homosexual".

The world often has to put up with witnessing the needlessly prolix phrase "gay and lesbian" or "homosexual and lesbian" in a spoken or written delivery that later lazily condenses the subject to simply "gay" or "homosexual" as if females of the—uh—same-sex persuasion have become honorary males for the sake of brevity in discussion.

It's high time the world and its hack commentators recognised that so-called "lesbians" are—uh—technically homosexual and are as "gay" as male homosexuals.

Thereafter we would be able to refer unambiguously to homosexuals of either sex as "homosexuals" or "gays" according to our preference between those two words.

Posted by: LeighOats | August 26, 2010 3:28 AM | Report abuse

So it wasn't just a wide stance thing I guess.

I note that this never interfered with his job, so much so that it's now "news" to people who did not know.

I'm not sure what prompted him to give up his privacy on the matter, I hope it was not prompted by media blackmail.

Posted by: Nymous | August 26, 2010 3:05 AM | Report abuse


For republicans, being gay and working to pass homophobic laws is the least of their problems.

My question is more basic. How do they sleep at night? Don't they have any grand kids? Don't they love their country? Didn't they learn anything in school?.. assuming they weren't home schooled.

Posted by: kblgca | August 26, 2010 2:54 AM | Report abuse

None of this is news. As early as 2006 even the Larry King show had it right ~ check http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33Jub4Itpm4

Still, who are these Leftwingtards here who think there's something bad about gayness?

Have you told your fellow Democrats that you don't like their livestyles?

You think Mehlman didn't protect himself by making a list of all the gayblades in DC ~ from ........... to ............ to ..............

All people you know quite well ~ you worship their feet.

Posted by: muawiyah | August 26, 2010 2:14 AM | Report abuse

Next up....

Karl Rove.

(Or have we forgotten about his "friend" Jeff Gannon?)

Republican hypocrisy. It's endless.

Posted by: WhateverHeSaid | August 26, 2010 2:07 AM | Report abuse

This is the same guy who ran the most homophobic national campaign in US history (Bush 2004).

Talk about an oxymoron: gay homophobes, black republicans, jewish nazis, etc

Posted by: sgtpepper23 | August 26, 2010 1:52 AM | Report abuse

Paris1969 said:

"Gay republicans justify themselves with all kinds of hog-wash, but they are part of the Party that gave us DOMA ... and for that they should be ashamed."

Perhaps you don't remember, but DOMA came from Bill Clinton, a Democrat. And for that, he (and the Dems) should be ashamed.

Posted by: tomsj | August 26, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

It appears that the person posting as nakiberu (in caps, no less) has an unnatural and unhealthy preoccupation with gay sex. For example:

"WHY DO YOU HOMOS AND LESBOS THINK THAT 97% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATIONS REVOLVES AROUND WHETHER A MAN WANT'S TO STICK HIS D*ICK UP ANOTHER MAN'S A**, OR WHETHER A WOMAN WANTS TO USE A CARROT, OR SOME OTHER PHALLIC SHAPED DEVICE TO STICK UP ANOTHER WOMAN'S V*G*NA."

Now, I certainly don't claim to be as much of expert in sexual matters as nakiberu. However, I expect he's acting out his anger over his own highly disfunctional and unsatisfying sex life. It's entirely possible that he's attempting to transfer the self-loathing occasioned by his heterosexual relations with sheep and other hooved mammals, although that is pure conjecture on my part.

Posted by: st50taw | August 26, 2010 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Gay republicans justify themselves with all kinds of hog-wash, but they are part of the Party that gave us DOMA ... and for that they should be ashamed.

Posted by: paris1969 | August 26, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

So when will rising-star Republican Congressman of Illinois Aaron Schock come out already. It seems that everybody in Peoria knows he's gay and they just don't care.

It's no surprise that African Americans and Hispanics are smart enough to stay away from a political party that has built itself on hating them, but why areso many gays still RepublicanTs even though the RepublicanT Party has been building itself on hatred of gays and lesbians too. Self-loathing? Self-deception? Blindness?

Posted by: dl49 | August 26, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Wow. This guy was involved in groups that actively condemned GLBT people and supported Prop 8. Now he's "comfortable" with who he is.

Look, I understand as well as anyone the societal pressure and condemnation gays still face. Heck, just read this forum. But Mehlman actively supported the notion that gays deserve second class citizens for their "failure" to conform - that they are either deviates or somehow inherently broken.

I hope he gets the help finding self-acceptance that he so desperately needs. He's not gonna have much of a love life until he works this stuff out.

Wonder if he's going to turn on Muslims next.

Posted by: carlaclaws | August 26, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Homosexuals are so self-absorbed. Does the rest of the world really care if you are gay?
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They have an INFERIORITY COMPLEX about it, that is why they have to scream at the top of their homo lungs,every second that they can get, that they are homos.
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Hm, maybe it's because knuckle-dragging bigots such as you play a role in creating a culture that is hostile to LGBT people? Here's a hypothetical: perhaps, despite being told every day that you're abnormal or aberrant, you might have an epiphany that being gay or lesbian is good? Perhaps you might want to declare this epiphany so that others don't have to suffer like you have had to? Perhaps you declare it to stand up to the bigots in our culture who foment hatred toward gay people? My sense is that you'll never be able to empathize with LGBT people because of your hatred and bigotry.
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WHY DO YOU HOMOS AND LESBOS THINK THAT 97% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATIONS REVOLVES AROUND WHETHER A MAN WANT'S TO STICK HIS D*ICK UP ANOTHER MAN'S A**, OR WHETHER A WOMAN WANTS TO USE A CARROT, OR SOME OTHER PHALLIC SHAPED DEVICE TO STICK UP ANOTHER WOMAN'S V*G*NA. DON'T YOU THINK THE 97% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO WITH THEIR TIME AND THEIR LIVES THAN LISTEN TO A BUNCH OF HOMOS AND LESBOS MAKE IT THEIR LIFE'S MISSION TO TELL THE REST OF THE 97% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION HOW THEY DO IT WITH THEIR OWN GENDER. SORRY TO BURST YOUR BUBBLES HOMOS AND LESBOS, BUT THE REST OF THE 97% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION DO HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO WITH OUR TIME AND LIVES THAN LISTEN TO A BUNCH OF INSTRINISCALLY SEXUALLY DISORDERED HOMOS AND LESBOS RANT AND RAVE ABOUT HOW THEY DO IT WITH THEIR OWN GENDER. SO TAKE YOUR PATHETIC NAME CALLING AND STICK IT UP YOUR HOMO OR LESBO'S PARTNER'S ANUS OR V*G*NA

Posted by: nakiberu | August 26, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

He only confirmed what everyone already knew. There have been gay rumors about him forever--I'm as shocked by this news as I was when Rosie O'Donnell came out as a lesbian!

Posted by: alc0f7 | August 26, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Oops1 wrote: Homosexuals are so self-absorbed. Does the rest of the world really care if you are gay?
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They have an INFERIORITY COMPLEX about it, that is why they have to scream at the top of their homo lungs,every second that they can get, that they are homos.
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Hm, maybe it's because knuckle-dragging bigots such as you play a role in creating a culture that is hostile to LGBT people? Here's a hypothetical: perhaps, despite being told every day that you're abnormal or aberrant, you might have an epiphany that being gay or lesbian is good? Perhaps you might want to declare this epiphany so that others don't have to suffer like you have had to? Perhaps you declare it to stand up to the bigots in our culture who foment hatred toward gay people? My sense is that you'll never be able to empathize with LGBT people because of your hatred and bigotry.
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WHY DO YOU HOMOS AND LESBOS THINK THAT 97% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATIONS REVOLVES AROUND WHETHER A MAN WANT'S TO STICK HIS D*ICK UP ANOTHER MAN'S A**, OR WHETHER WANT TO USE A CARROT, OR SOME OTHER PHALLIC SHAPED DECICE TO STICK UP ANOTHER WOMAN'S V*G*NA. DON'T YOU THINK THE 97% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO WITH OUR TIME AND OUR LIVES, YES WE DO, SO TAKE YOUR RUBBISH NAME CALLING AND STICK IT UP YOUR HOMO OR LESBO'S PARTNER'S ANUS OR V*G*NA

Posted by: nakiberu | August 26, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

This is news?

When is Rove coming out? He's the one they should worry about when he finally gets sent to prison.

Posted by: reston75 | August 26, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Most famous Republican? I am sure Sen. Larry Craig and Rep. Mark Foley beg to differ. At least he came out on his own terms, not after being arrested for having sex in public or propositioning a cop in an airport restroom. I think we should have Republican men neutered. I mean what is the world coming to? I mean, besides Bill Clinton, name another Democratic sex scandal. No, my fellow Democrats are too serious or old for sex.

Posted by: georgiaguy | August 25, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Just because someone is "gay" doesn't mean they can't be "conservative." They might support a strong military, capital punishment for murderers, etc.

Almost as irritating as the far-right bigots are the far-left bigots. Comments like "we don't want you on our team" are part of the problem, not a part of the solution.

Posted by: ryoung122 | August 25, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Mehlman is such a creep, and has a lot to apologize for. Mike Rogers exposed Mehlman on blogActive in 2006: www.blogactive.com.

Posted by: harlemboy | August 25, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

See Republoculters, this is the kind of thing that happens when you twist your political movement into a quasi-religious one, if you had just stuck to being pro business and anti labor, Mr Mehlman might have become a priest instead.

Posted by: rkerg | August 25, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party is and has been fundamentally "gay" in that it wants Americans to take it up the behind -- even though many of their putative leaders do not (to paraphrase Katy Perry) even like p__nis.

Think about it: whether the issue is massive illegal immigration, Chinese imports, banker/CEO looting of America's patrimony or rising foreign control over our economic life, the Republican Party has been the party of "Thank you sir, but can you shove it in deeper next time?" for decades. It is the party of political anal receptivity, and that sounds pretty gay to me. Whether or not they like boys.

Posted by: JohnQCitizen | August 25, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

I think it is good that Mehlman has come out. Decisions like this one have done a great deal for gay rights. I now see gay rights from a different perspective than I once did. Gay rights were once an abstract thing to me, and I was somewhat sympathetic but also very indifferent to them. I have since had openly gay associates at work, who I consider to be my friends. I now look at support of gay rights as support of my friends and of insuring them equal rights. I fully support equal rights for them, including the right to marry.

During a great portion of my working years (which started more than fifty years ago), I wouldn't even have considered discussing gay rights with a work associate I thought or knew was gay. Such a conversation would have been looked upon by the gay person with suspicion or as being accusatorial. It was something that was not discussed. Coming out has made such conversations easier for both straights and gays and has greatly advanced the way straight people look at gays.

Posted by: esch | August 25, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse


I thought that conservatives couldn't be gay.


Posted by: mortified469 | August 25, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Just another RINO.

Posted by: Modeldon_9 | August 25, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Just another RINO.

Posted by: Modeldon_9 | August 25, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Oops1 wrote: Homosexuals are so self-absorbed. Does the rest of the world really care if you are gay?
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They have an INFERIORITY COMPLEX about it, that is why they have to scream at the top of their homo lungs,every second that they can get, that they are homos.
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Hm, maybe it's because knuckle-dragging bigots such as you play a role in creating a culture that is hostile to LGBT people? Here's a hypothetical: perhaps, despite being told every day that you're abnormal or aberrant, you might have an epiphany that being gay or lesbian is good? Perhaps you might want to declare this epiphany so that others don't have to suffer like you have had to? Perhaps you declare it to stand up to the bigots in our culture who foment hatred toward gay people? My sense is that you'll never be able to empathize with LGBT people because of your hatred and bigotry.

Posted by: binaryboy | August 25, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

"Does the rest of the world really care if you are gay?"


Apparently, many on the Right care enough to try to pass multiple laws preventing gay people from simply living their lives.

After all, they tried to pass laws preventing gay people from being teachers (California), tried to pass a constitutional amendment preventing gay people from petitioning the government for equal protection (Colorado), insisted on keeping laws on the books that made private acts of intimacy illegal-- but only if those acts were done by gay people (Texas and other states), wanted gay people summarily dismissed from the Military (before DADT) and from being allowed the same considerations for dating, etc. as their straight counterparts in the Military (DADT) and....

well, you get the idea.

Gay people REALLY don't care what you think of them.

What they want is for the law to treat them equitably and for many on the Right to stop using them as political fodder.

Gay people don't need your sympathy.

But really it's not paranoia to understand that some really ARE out to get them, even when if those same people pretend they "really don't care" if someone is gay.

Posted by: ricklinguist | August 25, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Homosexuals are so self-absorbed. Does the rest of the world really care if you are gay?
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They have an INFERIORITY COMPLEX about it, that is why they have to scream at the top of their homo lungs,every second that they can get, that they are homos.

Posted by: Oops1 | August 25, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Homosexuals are so self-absorbed. Does the rest of the world really care if you are gay?

Posted by: pgr88 | August 25, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

This is not news. He went to White House events with his male partner. What is disappointing is that he was silent as Karl Rove and W used gays as targets during the 2002, 2004 and 2006 campaigns to help elect anti-gay Republicans. What a weasel.

Posted by: tlehman1117 | August 25, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Mr. Mehlman for finally coming to terms with who he is, after a career of serving a party that wants to ostracize and marginalize gay people just like they do brown and black people, women, and everybody else that doesn't fit into their old white world view. But it does beg the question, "Just how gay is the GOP?" The big closet!

Posted by: ElectricBill | August 25, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

We all know why Republicans call themselves "tea baggers" :-)

It was not targeted at Dick Cheney's wife or Senator Graham :-)

There is a reason Dick hates mankind. It takes some experience to write hot "L" books like Dick's wife did.

Posted by: SeedofChange | August 25, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

"...you need to be less "politically correct" and more more "technically correct". I think you mean that your are a homosexual?..." Posted by: suenjim | August 25, 2010 8:52 PM

With due respect, there's nothing "technically correct" or "technically incorrect" about either term. Both came into the language as ways to refer to gay people-- the term "gay" has clearly become a standard term of the language with that meaning.

And "homosexual" is simply a term coined by a Viennese clinician in the 19th century. It was soundly opposed at the time since it combined a Greek prefix with a Latin root. ;-) I think it still sounds weird, but feel free to use it.

Words enter the language all the time. Words change meaning. Words add meanings.

You object to "gay" taking on an additional meaning.

Do you object to calling that peripheral device by your computer a "mouse"? ;-)

It's time to move on. "Gay" is a perfectly fine word of English and a perfectly fine way of referring to gay people.

Posted by: ricklinguist | August 25, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

How ignorant this man is let me try to shed some light into that very dense hardened gray matter between your ears, I do work in a pharmacy and 65% of our patients are straight with HIV please educate your self.

Here is his post:

In a gay love who is the man and who takes the womans part. If your relationship is based on sodomey to each others, you guys are sick. What do you expect out of a marrige to each others. There will be no genetic children and because it is not a normal way to have sex you will end up with aids or some disease.

Posted by: randykree | August 25, 2010 8:41 PM

Posted by: corintonic | August 25, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

First, I need to say that I wish him well. Coming out can be terribly difficult for some. Despite some of the notions promoted by some on the Right, being gay isn't a philosophy, and definitely isn't a choice. And it isn't easy hiding a basic part of one's humanity. So, better late than never. And despite the harm he may have done to good and innocent gay people in the past, good luck in this new phase of his journey.

But mainly, what I am thinking is that perhaps some good can still come from this. If he can open even a few eyes to what this is really about --and what it's not about-- all the better. The Right Wing has done a magnificent job of demonizing gay people. Now, just maybe, a few of them will be forced to listen to reason --and the truth.

Not all, but maybe just a few of those truly interested in understanding someone they once admired, and perhaps still do.

Good luck to us all.

Posted by: ricklinguist | August 25, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Mehlman is talking like a typical Republican. THinks we're all stupid. It was obvious to everyone he was gay. He was outed on the Larry King show by Bill Mahre a long time ago.

Posted by: pkbishop1 | August 25, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Mehlman is talking like a typical Republican. THinks we're all stupid. It was obvious to everyone he was gay. He was outed on the Larry King show by Bill Mahre.

Posted by: pkbishop1 | August 25, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Shame on you, HYPOCRITE, you helped Bush get elected in 2004 on the backs of gays, I could not feel any sympathy for you, too bad that there are many in the GOP still very much in the closet,(Lindsey Graham)wink,wink,with his bff John McCain.

Posted by: corintonic | August 25, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Shame on you, HYPOCRITE, you helped Bush get elected in 2004 on the backs of gays, I could not feel any sympathy for you, too bad that there are many in the GOP still very much in the closet,(Lindsey Graham)wink,wink,with his bff John McCain.

Posted by: corintonic | August 25, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Shame on you, HYPOCRITE, you helped Bush get elected in 2004 on the backs of gays, I could not feel any sympathy for you, too bad that there are many in the GOP still very much in the closet,(Lindsey Graham)wink,wink,with his bff John McCain.

Posted by: corintonic | August 25, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, to be a Republican, and a closeted gay. To hate oneself and to hide must be difficult. The stress of self-loathing must be tremendous. Well, Ken welcome into the light and may you see the way help the "Christian" people in the Republican party to hate just a little less.

Posted by: merrylees | August 25, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

And there goes the progress of UNESCO's/the globalists New World Order agenda of GLOBAL GOVERNANCE. Their agenda is to buy out all that need to be bought, the politicians, the bankers, the economists, the homos and the lesbos and the so called "progressives" to push their agenda of political collapse, economic and financial collapse and moral collapse in order to break down the strength of a sovereign nation FOR ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT. Those of you who don't know it, ARE IGNORANT SHEEP!

Posted by: Oops1 | August 25, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

For sheer stunning, towering, murderous hypocrisy nothing beats the GOP we've seen wrecking this country since Jerry Falwell foisted the gay-hating Moral Majority onto the political scene.

Tons of two-faced GOP liars have bilked religious people for hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign funds and millions of votes, while referring to the religious right as "useful idiots" when their backs were turned.

As the GOP trotted out one red herring anti-gay issue after another all it did was mask the raiding of the U. S. Treasury.

Useful idiots, indeed.

Posted by: 809212876 | August 25, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Well, I am glad for him personally that he can feel confident and free enough to declare himself to be who he has always been.
But, really, the burden he must bear for having been complicit in his own oppression for the sake of his own personal career must be tremendous. But, then, that is what it is like for every person who is gay and must conceal it "forever".
Some people seem to be able to do it for a whole lot of their lives (think Larry Craig) and others simply cannot live effectively with the deception that is required (think the young woman at West Point.)
I am glad he did it, for living a life of deception (whether one is gay or one is a Tiger Woods) is ultimately untenable.
We only live once and to live out of synch with who one is, must be a living hell, whether one is gay or one is simply, and truly, and really promiscuous.

Posted by: cms1 | August 25, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Bwaaaaaaaaah hahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Next on FOX, "My Sister; My Wife!"

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | August 25, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Gee..........hard to believe.

I don't have a problem with him being gay, but why didn't he say so earlier? I mean, he's 43! Seems like in doing this he's just trying to extend his political life a relevance by any means necessary. Sounds like just another Republican scam.

Posted by: gce1356 | August 25, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Enjoy the rest of your life, Ken. It's never to late to find yourself or to reconnect with your conscience.

As for your former colleague, Karl Rove, future US history books will identify him as the man who destroyed the Republican Party.

Posted by: exco | August 25, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse


duh. it was obvious to me the first time i saw him interviewed on TV.

closeted gay men who are also public figures are pathetically delusional... they actually think the rest of us can't tell.

what's really embarrassing is when these same people finally DO decide to come out (or are outed), and they have this whole litany of past statements (especially republicans, and especially on political hot button issues) that come back to bite them.

Posted by: potomacfever00 | August 25, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

You may be "gay" if you are in fact acting in a light hearted, happy manner, but if you're speaking of your sexual orientation you need to be less "politically correct" and more more "technically correct". I think you mean that your are a homosexual?

Posted by: suenjim | August 25, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

And you know what else? Michael Steele is black . . .

Posted by: RossPhx | August 25, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

In a gay love who is the man and who takes the womans part. If your relationship is based on sodomey to each others, you guys are sick. What do you expect out of a marrige to each others. There will be no genetic children and because it is not a normal way to have sex you will end up with aids or some disease.

Posted by: randykree | August 25, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Another pathetic Republican closet case who did and enabled untold damage to his own people. How does he live with himself?

By all reports it was well known in the DC gay community that he is gay so his remarks about now coming to terms with himself is just another lie.

He will be the loneliest man in Manhattan's uber gay Chelsea neighborhood where he now lives because he will be shunned. If he expects the gay community to embrace him he's in for a big surprise.

What a creep.

Posted by: LarryT | August 25, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Don't ask, don't tell is not "the military's law." It is the law of the United States, passed by both houses of Congress under a Democratic administration.

Whether it should be so is another matter entirely, but let's not continue the charade that this could be undone if only that darn old military would give in. It is, as has been the case for the last two years, 100% within the ability of the Democrat-controlled Congress and Democrat-controlled White House to change.

Posted by: asdf2 | August 25, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

The republicians aare just as bad or worse then the democrats--freaking liers all of them.


Family values..... What Bull%^%%

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | August 25, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I have been gay for 56 years and for the first time in my life I am reconsidering this.

What's next, the human egg, Karl Rove is cuir?

WE DON'T YOU ON OUR TEAM! GO HOME KEN!

Posted by: lambcannon | August 25, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

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