“It’s taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life,” said Mehlman, now an executive vice-president with the New York City-based private equity firm, KKR. “Everybody has their own path to travel, their own journey, and for me, over the past few months, I’ve told my family, friends, former colleagues, and current colleagues, and they’ve been wonderful and supportive. The process has been something that’s made me a happier and better person. It’s something I wish I had done years ago.”
You know, normally when a GOPer gets outed or outs himself, I get a little chuckle out of the hypocrisy, and I move on. But even though we always maintained that Mehlman was just one Cosmo away from singing Judy Garland hits at the GOP Karaoke bar, I find little satisfying in his confession.
As the architect of Chimpy’s 2004 campaign that advocated anti-gay initiatives and funneled money back to the Religious Right via the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives so that they could continue to literally bash gays, and legally practice anti-gay discrimination on tax-payer money, Ken Mehlman has some explaining to do. You can take issue after issue from the Chimpy years when the right declared an all-out jihad on gay people and wonder why Mehlman didn’t stop it, influence it, correct it? Was he so dense as to see that AIDS is not a moral issue, it is a disease?
So, no, I don’t think Mehlman deserves a pass just because he felt bad about himself for the past 40 years.
Yes, Ken, everybody does have their own path to travel; I hope yours includes some time to think about what you’ve done, maybe a little remorse about the lives you’ve ruined, or via your agency and advocacy lives that have been snuffed out.