Let’s see, he’s Jewish, he’s a Republican, he’s good-looking in a nerdy kind of way. So, my only question is, is he single?
UPDATE: I’ve now begun to review the story surrounding his coming out. My greatest fear for Mehlman is that he has to go through the often tortuous process of coming out in public. All too many on the left, the gay left most of all, will give him no quarter. They’ll lambaste him as a self-hating hypocrite, may even try to follow him around, possibly even accosting him in public. They will not give him the space to deal with this in private and in his own way.
That said, I bet there will be a handful of voices on the left, asking their ideological confrères to leave him alone, knowing how trying the coming out process can be. There are decent gay lefties out there and some may let their fellow feeling trump their ideological conviction. While I hope that they dominate the debate, I doubt that they will.
One reason I oppose “outing” is that I know from experience — and not just my own — that when coming to terms with this part of ourselves, we need to do it in at our pace and in private.
UP-UPDATE: And as he will be tarred as a self-hater, all too many will ignore what he did try to do when in the Bush Administration and at the RNC:
Privately, in off-the-record conversations with this reporter over the years, Mehlman voiced support for civil unions and told of how, in private discussions with senior Republican officials, he beat back efforts to attack same-sex marriage. He insisted, too, that President Bush “was no homophobe.” He often wondered why gay voters never formed common cause with Republican opponents of Islamic jihad, which he called “the greatest anti-gay force in the world right now.”
He’s spot on there. In leading the War on Terror, W was taking the fight to the real enemies of gay people, those who threaten the lives of our fellows rather than those who attempt to block the state from granting us certain privileges.
NB: Apologies for the somewhat stilted language of this post; I wrote in his haste. I have gone through to clean it up a bit and remove a few extra words while adding in missing ones. Decided, however, not to change it further — and rewrite sentences that are little clunky and where I could have expressed myself a bit better.