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Conservative Bloggers Blasé About Mehlman’s Coming Out?

Via Glenn, I chance upon Charlie Spiering’s great round-up of conservative reaction to Ken Mehlman’s coming out:

Ken Mehlman is gay? Most right-leaning political junkies probably responded by asking, ‘Who is Ken Mehlman?’ or ‘Yeah, but who cares?’

Conservative bloggers either ignored the topic or pointed out that conservatives aren’t necessarily surprised or outraged by the news.

“I had absolutely no idea Ken Mehlman was gay, or existed,” wrote the Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher in response to the New York Times piece that marveled at the “muted reaction” of Republicans to the announcement.

The story has all but disappeared from Memeorandum.  I think I e-mailed someone telling her that I didn’t think this story would stay in the headlines past the Sunday (i.e., today’s) TV talk shows.  Seems I may have been onto something.

Guess this just confirms the notion that many of the leading opinion makers on the right are indifferent to an individual’s sexuality.

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  1. Possibly. Of course the muted reaction could also be that the story makes the right uncomfortable and they’d just rather not talk about it. I honestly don’t know how one can be sure of the reason.

    Frankly I don’t care. The existence of hypocrisy near the centers of power is a rather old story.

    Comment by BenD — August 29, 2010 @ 2:15 am - August 29, 2010

  2. Guess this just confirms the notion that many of the leading opinion makers on the right are indifferent to an individual’s sexuality.

    Omission does not mean “indifference,” unless of course Dan has been be able to read people’s minds.

    Wishful thinking.

    Try again.

    Comment by JS — August 29, 2010 @ 8:00 am - August 29, 2010

  3. Oh, the awful tragedy of it all.

    The right fails to explode in a furious homo-bigotry over the wretched Mahlman’s corrupt and deceitful gayness.

    But, we all know that a legion of homophobes has been made so uncomfortable that a great laryngitis has been visited upon them by the god of moral relevancy.

    Ken Mehlman has to be the worst thing that ever happened to the gay left. They see him as a traitor, a panderer and a dirty birdie.

    Meanwhile, the common man is stoking himself up on the hate messages delivered at Restore Honor and planning to apply the dreadful litmus test of “trust” and “honor” and “charity” and obeying the Constitution on both Democrats and Republicans.

    What is a fundamentalist on the left to do? Start connecting rights with responsibility? Oh, the awful tragedy of it all.

    That rumbling sound you hear is “hope and change” going down the crapper.

    Comment by heliotrope — August 29, 2010 @ 9:03 am - August 29, 2010

  4. As, ably seen at last years CPAC the right really doesn’t give a toss about sexuality. Yes, some attention seeking old school authoritarian groups don’t like them but they are ignored by most people. The right, for the most part, has realized that what matters is what is in the brain and the rest of it is irrelevant.

    Comment by Andrew Ian Dodge — August 29, 2010 @ 9:54 am - August 29, 2010

  5. To be perfectly blunt: I don’t want Mehlman as part of my community. He should be shunned unless he makes a major breakthrough in Republican Party thinking (which is definitely not happening, since the Tea Party will continue to eat the remaining moderates and replace them with the batshit crazies).

    Comment by steve — August 29, 2010 @ 10:41 am - August 29, 2010

  6. Ken Mehlman has to be the worst thing that ever happened to the gay left. They see him as a traitor, a panderer and a dirty birdie.

    What? Just because he helped mastermind a strategy to get more Republicans elected by tying their campaigns into same-sex marriage/civil union bans across the nation? Why would gay people ever be bitter about that?

    It’s a pattern we’ve seen before where someone will do all the damage they can to gay rights, then when they can finally do no more, they do a heel-face turn, come out of the closet, oppose their former views, and ask for forgiveness.

    He could’ve taken the principled route. He could’ve supported limited government and individual rights while not actively leveraging anti-gay fearmongering as a tool for winning elections (which, I believe, is the whole damn point of this blog), but he didn’t. Instead he chose to advance his career and become an important Republican figure in those crucial years despite knowing what he was doing was fundamentally immoral.

    That’s why forgiveness does not come easily. It’s so easy to support a position once it becomes popular enough to be mainstream, but it takes actual courage and conviction to support the same position while it’s still unpopular and stigmatized.

    As the saying goes, Ken made his bed, now he’s got to sleep in it.

    Comment by Serenity — August 29, 2010 @ 10:55 am - August 29, 2010

  7. #4: “To be perfectly blunt: I don’t want Mehlman as part of my community.”

    I’m sure he’ll be crushed when he finds out. Who wouldn’t want to be a member of steve’s community, where every day is a shrill, histrionic protest, every night is a teary-eyed candlelight vigil, every party is of the pity variety, and every election is another opportunity to get fu*ked over by the Democratic Party.

    It sounds like more fun than a barrel of monkeys.

    Comment by Sean A — August 29, 2010 @ 10:59 am - August 29, 2010

  8. Just because he helped mastermind a strategy to get more Republicans elected by tying their campaigns into same-sex marriage/civil union bans across the nation?

    [Citation Needed]

    I think I e-mailed someone telling her that I didn’t think this story would stay in the headlines past the Sunday (i.e., today’s) TV talk shows.

    I suspect folks may be busy trying to figure out how Chairman Obama can go from saying Iraq has made us less safe to now proclaiming that our troops have made us safer. The spinmeisters are hard at work.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — August 29, 2010 @ 11:25 am - August 29, 2010

  9. Just because he helped mastermind a strategy to get more Republicans elected by tying their campaigns into same-sex marriage/civil union bans across the nation?

    I know I have the memo in my filthy tricks file somewhere.

    I love masterminds. Mindless as I am, I need a master to tell me what to do and think. Mehlman must have real mystic powers, because he has succeeded in warping Serenity’s mind and steering me by remote control. Gay power, don’t leave home without it.

    Comment by heliotrope — August 29, 2010 @ 11:40 am - August 29, 2010

  10. Of course they’re not concerned. Mehlman was defanged and declawed when he terminated his generalship in the battle against gay and lesbian rights.

    Comment by Auntie Dogma — August 29, 2010 @ 2:57 pm - August 29, 2010

  11. What? Just because he helped mastermind a strategy to get more Republicans elected by tying their campaigns into same-sex marriage/civil union bans across the nation? Why would gay people ever be bitter about that?

    Good question, given that gay-sex liberals like you, Serenity, fully endorsed and supported state constitutional amendments and the Federal Marriage Amendment without a whisper of dissent and in the name of the Obama Party. Indeed, you screamed about how the candidates pushing these were “pro-gay” and “gay-supportive”.

    So frankly put, you’re a liar and a hypocrite. You demonstrate why you are a second-class citizen and worthless.

    Do you understand, Serenity? Or are you going to keep whining and crying that you should be judged on the basis of your minority status rather than on the content of your character?

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — August 29, 2010 @ 3:35 pm - August 29, 2010

  12. [Citation Needed]

    Mehlman’s leadership positions in the GOP came at a time when the party was stepping up its anti-gay activities — such as the distribution in West Virginia in 2006 of literature linking homosexuality to atheism, or the less-than-subtle, coded language in the party’s platform (“Attempts to redefine marriage in a single state or city could have serious consequences throughout the country…”). Mehlman said at the time that he could not, as an individual Republican, go against the party consensus. He was aware that Karl Rove, President Bush’s chief strategic adviser, had been working with Republicans to make sure that anti-gay initiatives and referenda would appear on November ballots in 2004 and 2006 to help Republicans.

    Mehlman acknowledges that if he had publicly declared his sexuality sooner, he might have played a role in keeping the party from pushing an anti-gay agenda.

    Bush Campaign Chief and Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman: I’m Gay – Politics – The Atlantic

    He did say he privately attempted to talk senior Republicans out of such tactics, and voiced support for civil unions in strictly off-the-record conversations. However such talk clearly had little if any effect, and it seems he considered career advancement more important than making a positive difference.

    Comment by Serenity — August 29, 2010 @ 3:40 pm - August 29, 2010

  13. such as the distribution in West Virginia in 2006 of literature linking homosexuality to atheism

    But homosexuality and atheism are linked. Just look at the gay community’s statements about religion, as made by the organization Truth Wins Out.

    Actually, Bob, most “reasonable” people, if we’re using the word with a respect for its root word, “reason,” agree that there is no evidence for God’s existence, and thus no rational REASON to believe that any god or gods have determined ANYTHING, much less morality.

    Comment by Evan Hurst — May 27, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

    Hahahahaha, um. Dude. Seriously? No one in the history of the universe has ever been able to prove that the idea of “gods,” which have always been used to control populations, ever existed. It’s a ridiculous idea, created by uneducated nomads from thousands of years ago.

    GROW UP>

    Comment by Evan Hurst — May 29, 2010 @ 4:13 am

    They all rank “10″ because they’re all retarded and none of them can be proven by any human who’s ever lived.

    God, your questions are really stupid.

    Comment by Evan Hurst — May 29, 2010 @ 4:29 am

    Bob. That means your god is a weak minded little bitch who changes his mind and is definitely NOT eternal or omnipotent. He’s merely a reflection of humanity’s most disgusting instincts.

    Grow the hell up.

    Comment by Evan Hurst — May 31, 2010 @ 4:20 am

    Of COURSE, their idea of god is as a serial rapist. Fundamentalist religious people ARE essentially battered wives. They just act it out on a grander scale without such visible bruises. The really screwed up thing is that their abuser is an imaginary friend.

    But it’s a rapist just the same.

    Comment by Evan Hurst — May 31, 2010 @ 4:22 am

    Ben, everything you said was spot on. Bob’s idea of “god” is a moral reprobate, and a child at that. I wouldn’t worship a sniveling ass like that if you paid me.

    Comment by Evan Hurst — May 31, 2010 @ 4:25 am

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — August 29, 2010 @ 5:00 pm - August 29, 2010

  14. Look, if you’re not gonna back your claim, Serenity, don’t obfuscate with copy & paste jobs.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — August 29, 2010 @ 5:00 pm - August 29, 2010

  15. But homosexuality and atheism are linked. Just look at the gay community’s statements about religion, as made by the organization Truth Wins Out.

    Translation: I found a gay atheist! See! They’re totally linked! Sample sizes of one kick ass!

    Look, if you’re not gonna back your claim, Serenity, don’t obfuscate with copy & paste jobs.

    LOL? When you said [Citation Needed], what exactly were you expecting me to do? Citing a source is best done by directly copying relevant statements from a source that backs up your claim (editing or paraphrasing would risk introducing bias) and providing a link to the source (to make sure the statements can be seen in context), both of which I provided.

    If you wanted something beyond a citation for my claim you should’ve asked for it.

    Comment by Serenity — August 29, 2010 @ 8:32 pm - August 29, 2010

  16. Funny how it is the left that makes a big deal, then when the reaction on the right is *yawn* it’s because the right ‘is embarressed’.

    Maybe it’s that we don’t care.

    Comment by The_Livewire — August 30, 2010 @ 8:47 am - August 30, 2010

  17. Serenity and the clown car Serenity pilots have used this logic:

    1) Ken Mehlman is gay.

    2) Ken Mehlman was a Republican strategist.

    3) Therefore, Ken Mehlman was a gay Republican.

    OK. But how is a “gay” Republican different from a not-gay Republican?

    Well, according to the Serenity clown car, a “gay” Republican carries the responsibility of promoting the “gay agenda.” A “gay” Republican who does not promote all gays and all things gay is a “self-loathing” gay.

    Slight switch:

    1) Obama is black.

    2) Obama is a Democrat who is President.

    3) Therefore, Democrat Obama is the black President.

    OK. But how is a “black” President different from a not-black President?

    Well, according to the MSM and many blacks in the “equality” clown car, a “black” President carries the responsibility of promoting the “black agenda.” A “black” President who does not promote all blacks and all things black is a “self-loathing” black. (Think President Clarence Thomas and you will feel the rage.)

    You see, when it comes to logic, liberals are always in charge of the words which have multiple meanings which ultimately express the personal political posture of the one using the multipurpose word. Gay does not mean homosexual and black does not mean skin color. So, unless you agree with the liberal’s undistributed terminology, you are self-loathing, deceitful, a dirty birdie and your mother wears open-toed army boots and you should go eat worms.

    Serenity is good.

    Want to play the game of what “good” means and my intended context?

    Comment by heliotrope — August 30, 2010 @ 9:21 am - August 30, 2010

  18. When the extremist define the party no one wins and the points of agreement are lost. We have allowed the extremist of each party to control the dialogue. My overriding sense is good republicans interest in social issues is low. Black, white, gay, straight who cares as long as you understand how much more can be achieved with solid fiscally conservative pro business policies.

    Comment by Ralph — August 31, 2010 @ 7:33 pm - August 31, 2010

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