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Fri Mar 2, 2012, 09:55 AM

Ken Mehlman: ‘I Am Sorry’ For Helping Bush Exploit Anti-Gay Sentiment, ‘I Wish I Had Spoken Out’

Ken Mehlman: ‘I Am Sorry’ For Helping Bush Exploit Anti-Gay Sentiment, ‘I Wish I Had Spoken Out’
By Igor Volsky on Mar 2, 2012 at 9:46 am


Former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman has issued what may be his first public apology for his role in fomenting anti-gay sentiment during President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election bid:
As for his role in the 2004 Bush campaign and its exploitation of marital politics, Mehlman is candid — and remorseful.

“At a personal level, I wish I had spoken out against the effort,” he says. “As I’ve been involved in the fight for marriage equality, one of the things I’ve learned is how many people were harmed by the campaigns in which I was involved. I apologize to them and tell them I am sorry. While there have been recent victories, this could still be a long struggle in which there will be setbacks, and I’ll do my part to be helpful.”



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http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/03/02/436154/mehlman-sorry/

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Reply Ken Mehlman: ‘I Am Sorry’ For Helping Bush Exploit Anti-Gay Sentiment, ‘I Wish I Had Spoken Out’ (Original post)
kpete Mar 2012 OP
Ian David Mar 2012 #1
snooper2 Mar 2012 #4
warrior1 Mar 2012 #7
Ratty Mar 2012 #13
Arugula Latte Mar 2012 #17
joeybee12 Mar 2012 #20
bullwinkle428 Mar 2012 #2
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UTUSN Mar 2012 #8
Arkana Mar 2012 #9
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RainDog Mar 2012 #11
Arugula Latte Mar 2012 #12
BigDemVoter Mar 2012 #14
bigwillq Mar 2012 #15
gratuitous Mar 2012 #16
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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 09:57 AM

1. Fuck you, Ken Mehlman



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Response to Ian David (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 10:05 AM

4. I don't understand, is showing your right nip a new way of flipping people off?

 

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 10:19 AM

7. That's Marc Maron

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 11:55 AM

13. Marc Maron: story here

Hilarious.

Best tweet: "Ken Mehlman looks so vulnerable sleeping. I wonder if he dreams about being part of the cock that fucked the country?"

http://gawker.com/5642206/comedian-live+tweets-sitting-next-to-ken-mehlman-on-a-plane-exposes-nipple

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Response to Ratty (Reply #13)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 12:27 PM

17. Oh my gawd ...

 

That is absolutely hilarious. Modern technology leads to some mind-blowingly weird situations.

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Response to Ian David (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 12:57 PM

20. Exactly...what a filthy coward...nt

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 09:58 AM

2. The question is, will he still take money from Republican candidates to promulgate this shit

in a future election cycle?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 10:00 AM

3. Well, at least he had his 'seat at the table.'

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 10:07 AM

5. Will you apologize for helping to rig the 2002 election in New Hampshire too?

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That whole phone jamming thing that you paid for and was run by James Tobin?
The same guy who called your office multiple times as he was jamming phone
lines of the democratic party and union workers so as to hurt their get out the
vote effort .... what say you to that Kenny?

Or the 2004 mailer in West Virginia which showed men kissing and told people
John Kerry would take their bibles and guns .... does that now bother you?

Or please come visit a friend's son who is dying from brain cancer he picked
up in Iraq as his unit was exposed to the KBR "burn pits" .... would that
trouble you just a little?



you remember this flyer Ken?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 10:08 AM

6. So which of the hateful homophobic Republican candidates is he supporting?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 10:22 AM

8. Yeah, things that ought to be no-brainers IN REAL TIME can't be made-up for later

Andrew SULLIVAN and Tweety, take note (for their Shrub-worship on whatever issue at the time).

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 10:25 AM

9. Having a Lee-Atwater-on-his-deathbed moment, I see.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 10:37 AM

10. You sold your soul Mehlman. Sorry, no do-overs.

There's no such thing as "retroactive courage."

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 10:38 AM

11. asshole

give back the money you earned if you're so sorry, scumbag.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 10:41 AM

12. Wah Wah Wuuuuuuuuuh.

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 12:03 PM

14. FUCK YOU, KEN MEHLMAN

Apology NOT accepted.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 12:05 PM

15. When it mattered, he didn't say anything.

 

Shame on him.

I say the same about folks like Obama, who still haven't seen the light on equal rights even thought they one day may. Yes, folks are free to change their minds, but they had a chance to speak out then and now and haven't. A shame indeed.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 12:10 PM

16. All right, a decent first step

But you still have much to atone for, Mr. Mehlman. What are you doing now to undo the mischief you fomented? How will you make it up to your victims?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 12:48 PM

18. His apology is phony.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 12:56 PM

19. Stick your ex post facto 'apology' in your ear.

In hindsight, you are still a hypocrite and an enabler, and will live the rest of your life as one.

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