He is not a hero or a face of change. When George W. was running in 2004, with all the Rovian anti-gay marriage amendments in state constituents driving conservatives to the poll, Ken, who was head of the Republican National Committee, was silent. A gay man, observing discrimination written into law, was silent. He did not protest. He was silent.
This is not new...nor the last...just another sad chapter by a pathetic man who hated himself for being who God created him to be.
Ken Mehlman, President George W. Bush’s campaign manager in 2004 and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has revealed that he is gay and is working to advance the cause of same-sex marriage.
I don't think it changed much in the national debate.
Note Ed Gillespie, his co-honcho in the Republican party, and his response after Ken told him he was gay (from NYT.com):
He was a leading figure in the Bush White House in pushing for the party to try to appeal to black and Hispanic voters.
“I and others worked very hard to expand the party to communities that had previously not been as amenable to the Republican message,” Mr. Mehlman said. “Obviously, I look back and wish I was in the place I am today and been able to do that with the gay community.”
Mr. Mehlman’s announcement makes him apparently the most prominent Republican official to come out. Ed Gillespie, another former Republican chairman and a friend of Mr. Mehlman, said Mr. Mehlman revealed his sexual orientation to him several weeks ago. But Mr. Gillespie said it did not change his personal opposition to same-sex marriage.
“I think most Republicans believe as I do that marriage is between one man and one woman,” he said, “and will continue to believe that.”
Well: Welcome, Ken, to the light.
Now: start working: undo all the hate you bred in your life.