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Watch: Dan Savage and Olbermann on Ken Mehlman, GOP Hate


In a segment about Republican hate, Keith Olbermann covers the Ken Mehlman coming out, and discusses with Dan Savage the damage Mehlman did as RNC Chair and Bush campaign manager.

Says Savage (my transcript):

"It is tragic and it is a particularly gay tragedy because we have the option of coming out or not coming out, living with integrity, or not living with integrity, selling our souls as Ken Mehlman did, or not selling our souls. And it's Ken Mehlman's personal tragedy but it's also the damage he inflicted, the role he played, it's inexcusable. He has a lot of amends to make. More than one fundraiser. Hopefully he is confronting not just his own conscience but people in his own political party, his so-called political allies about their homophobia, about the Republican party's homophobia."


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  1. Dan Savage can have me anyday. and I wish he did.

    Posted by: suede | Aug 27, 2010 8:00:23 AM

  2. I know it's a cliche, but it is just like a Jewish collaborator in a concentration camp.

    I'm glad KM came out. Now let's see what he does next. Write a book and name names? Announce his marriage plans?

    Posted by: It's About Time | Aug 27, 2010 8:02:15 AM

  3. Who would want to be around this guy who happily was the Republican doormat, a person who knew who he was and yet allowed utter scum like Karl Rove wipe his feet all over him day after day, year after year. Especially to elect, arguably, the worst president in this country's history (no easy feat with Herbert Hoover, Woodrow Wilson and Warren Harding.)

    Would I ever go to a fund raiser this horrible creepy guy is holding? Would I want to shake his hand? Congratulate him for coming out? No. I wouldn't.

    I'm not going to congratulate someone for doing something they SHOULD do. Sadly, this creepy worm is now going to get WAY too much press, WAY too much attention, and people who want to be close to his "connections" will cozy up to him.

    One thing: Melhman's connections HATE us.

    Posted by: Bart | Aug 27, 2010 8:28:47 AM

  4. This is just not true this elections cycle. I haven't heard one Republican candidate run on anti-gay anything. I know the Gay radicals must have their bogey man but at least attack the right group; the dwindling in power religious right. No Repub is even fighting the ultimate demise of DADT; they are focused on real problems. Our country is facing; what could be; its worst crisis since the Civil War so all I care about this election is our economy.... I am voting anyone who is in office out and ultimately want the Bolshevik in Chief out in 2012.

    If this economy goes down again it will be a full on depression and will likely lead to a semi-world war. Gay marriage will be the least of our worries.

    Posted by: Brett | Aug 27, 2010 8:46:21 AM

  5. Mehlman will probably continue to support anti-gay Republicans (like Ben Quayle this year) and go to some pro marriage equality fundraisers at the same time. So he came out of the closet and went into the Log Cabin. Big deal.

    Posted by: Philo | Aug 27, 2010 9:01:25 AM

  6. @BRETT, "bolshevik in chief"? "semi-world war"? ahaha! you slay me. and your use of semicolons.... stop, stop, already. you're killing me, dude.

    thanks, i needed a laugh this morning.

    Posted by: nic | Aug 27, 2010 9:23:22 AM

  7. @Brett: it was the eight years of Mehlman's pal Bush that brought the economy to this sorry crisis which had already blown up when Obama took office, Now the Republicans have no plan whatever to deal with the economy, they even want to continue the disasterous tax breaks/gift to the wealthy.

    As for Melhman, he has had his thirty pieces of silver and he will be known henceforth as the greatest traitor of them all.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Aug 27, 2010 9:27:09 AM

  8. So glad Dan Savage brought up the gay-slaughtering death squads that roamed Iraq after we "liberated" it from the evil (former CIA asset) Saddma Hussein.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 27, 2010 9:33:08 AM

  9. "I haven't heard one Republican candidate run on anti-gay anything."

    Really?; apparently you haven't been paying attention to the news.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 27, 2010 10:15:15 AM

  10. Racist Dan Savage has the nerve to talk about INTEGRITY?? What a laugh! Fuck you, Dan.

    Posted by: Q | Aug 27, 2010 10:30:57 AM

  11. @Brett: So, this year, the targets of heir hate-mongering are immigrants and Muslims. That's better, in your mind? One variety of hate is better than another? Oh, I get it. You're a Republican, right?

    Posted by: jomicur | Aug 27, 2010 10:48:17 AM

  12. brett "bolshevik in chief"

    LOL Obama is not even 1/2 the liberal FDR was

    compared to FDR, Obama is the god of capitalism

    I wish Obama was 1 iota the raving liberal u fascist nazis (fascism is government run for and by big biz as defined by musolini a fascist)claim he is

    Obama is enabeling the dismantling of the New deal and the Great society that true liberals created. The New deal and the great Society that saw america rise in glory, power, and wealth that reagan, bush sr, clinton, bush jr, and obama (clinton and obama slower and less so than the rethugs but still doing it) are leaching off of while destroying what made america great

    That rant over, ill take the capitalist in chief moderate conservative Obama over anyone the rethugs toss up

    Posted by: Reality bites | Aug 27, 2010 11:21:11 AM

  13. @ Brett, so we're not in the crossfire of their current attack in MOST states, but anti-gay positions continue to pollute both the national and state GOP party platforms. Does the fact that we MAY not be enemy #1 matter? We should know better, as the chief victims of these cheap tactics in 2004 and 2006, and should stand up and protect the Latino community and Muslims who are now similarly under attack.

    Second, I think that Mehlman being closeted is a joke. While in office as RNC Chair and loudly denying being gay, he wasn't very discreet about his orientation in DC. For example, I once had the misfortune of sitting behind him and his partner/boyfriend at the Verizon Center at an Elton John concert. That particular evening, "straight" Mehlman wore a pink sweater and spent the concert feeding popcorn to his date. Could he have been gayer? Maybe if he had blown him on the spot. I fought the urge to read him the riot act for being such a liar and selling us out for a few electoral votes. I think Savage was kind...Mehlman shouldn't be welcomed into the fold without more contrition.

    Posted by: Guy from DC | Aug 27, 2010 11:40:15 AM

  14. Don't be fooled boys... this is simply a GOP ploy to seem less gay-hating by wheeling out this asshole as the latest gay-GOP-jag. "Don't hate gays... hate the Muslims!" No thank you.

    Posted by: Dave | Aug 27, 2010 11:44:54 AM

  15. Guy from DC.. I honestly don't know how you contained yourself at that concert. Had I been there I would have been arrested for homoside.

    Posted by: Dave | Aug 27, 2010 12:04:18 PM

  16. Woodrow Wilson?

    Posted by: anon | Aug 27, 2010 12:27:09 PM

  17. The Republicans are probably going to ride this scare campaign to victory in November. Just as they did in 2002 and 2004. Racism and homophobia are both useful weapons in that regard. And the GOP knows exactly which buttons to push to get the white people sufficiently pissed off about some existential "threat" to vote for the vile, disgusting bigots they always nominate. Sadly, they are going to get a significant chunk of the LGBT vote this year too. Because white gays are just as terrified of Mexicans and Arabs as the rest of the white people. Mehlman alluded to this himself in The Atlantic piece.

    Posted by: John | Aug 27, 2010 12:38:22 PM

  18. Jeez, dan's looking all of his forty-five years...don't have makeup? Or CGI for that?

    It was important to bring up the death squads (who would murder gay people and women), and still do in Iraq. Don't ever forget that this is islam for a great many muslims.

    Posted by: TANK | Aug 27, 2010 1:21:28 PM

  19. Yes Virginia, there were gay 'birthers'. Though most of them were executed by Obama's Death Panels, after the total collapse of the Economy (it was sorta like the Civil War). There also used to be something about Gays in the Armed Forces, but everyone lost interest.
    Now that I proved what a smartass I can be, I think it important to point out the Woodrow Wilson was a damn good President (until his stroke), and anyone saying otherwise is a cunt.

    Posted by: booka | Aug 27, 2010 1:23:00 PM

  20. I swear.... it plays like reality telivision.

    "Next time on Survivor GOP Big Tent Island... which minority group will be voted into reviled exile! Tune in, it might be you!"

    Posted by: jexer | Aug 27, 2010 1:25:32 PM

  21. Once more, Keith Olbermann uses sleazy sex columnist Savage to comment on a Gay Rights story. It's insulting. Would porn star Vanessa del Rio be called on to comment on a news story about Puerto Ricans? Or would a foulmouthed Black comedian like DL Hughley be called on as panelist to discuss racial controversies? Oh wait . . . didn't a cable news outlet TV actually do that recently??? These producers at CNN, MSNBC, FOX, etcetera, certainly aren't shy about showing their disrespect for minority communities.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Aug 27, 2010 1:59:02 PM

  22. Turd or um.. "Tank" is there a new wrinkle on your face or are you hung over? Stay on topic..

    Posted by: Dave | Aug 27, 2010 1:59:52 PM

  23. Oh my, I may be in my early 30s, but Mr. Savage is looking hella' fine to me. More please!

    Posted by: Drew | Aug 27, 2010 5:07:40 PM

  24. Those that forget the past, are damned to repeat it.

    Who else in history used these tactics to rally the nation to their side?

    Posted by: aleabeth | Aug 28, 2010 1:16:51 AM

  25. He used homophobia to tip Ohio and the 04 election, condemning the country to a second term of Bush, a depression, two wars, thousands of US deaths, many thousands of Iraqi deaths, unbelievable misery for millions of people. There is no just payment for his vile, complete betrayal. No apology is essential, because none could possibly serve. Damn him!

    Posted by: Esurb | Aug 28, 2010 9:02:04 AM

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