Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Revelations about self-hating politicians

That seems to be a theme this week:

1. The big news today (though it's old news to many people) is that Ken Mehlman -- former Bush advisor and Republican National Committee chairman -- has come out as gay. The author of that piece, Marc Ambinder, notes: "Mehlman is the most powerful Republican in history to identify as gay." Soon he's going to participate in a fundraiser for the organization that hired the lawyers for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging California's Proposition 8 (i.e., the pro same-sex marriage side).

Bill Maher outed him on TV back in 2006 in an interview with Larry King. (That part of the interview was later excised, but it lives on thanks to YouTube.) I generally don't approve of this kind of outing -- I think it's counterproductive and hypocritical. But I also find it hard not to take some glee in the spectacle.

Maher added a devastating insight:

It's so ironic: Republicans, the anti-abortion party, always trying to kill something inside of themselves.
2. Of course, this is the ultimate self-hating politician.


Jason (the commenter) said...

Mehlman isn't self-hating. He wasn't out there trying to "cure" gay people and he eventually came out of the closet (good for him).

At the moment, the person most responsible for keeping millions of gays from having equal rights is President Obama. If Mehlman is self-hating than so are all of Obama's gay supporters, and all the straight people who support Obama also hate gays.

"But Obama is better than the alternative!"

And perhaps there was someone worse than Hitler and all the Nazis are saints and angels.

Ann Althouse said...

You Godwinned your own post!