There was a time when Ken Mehlman could have made a difference for LGBT Americans. Instead, the one-time chair of the Republican National Committee chose to not only stay in the closet but to actively work against the interests of those same LGBT Americans.

All is forgiven. Seriously. It makes no sense to continue to berate Mehlman. He is out of the closet now and he is an accomplished, smart gay American. Aside from being a Harvard educated lawyer, Mehlman is a very successful businessman. Moreover, he has devoted time, money and energy to advance the cause of marriage equality.

Nevertheless, Mr. Mehlman seems a tad out of touch. In an OpEd in Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal he wrote:

Conservatives don’t need to change core convictions to embrace the growing support for equal rights for gay Americans. It is sufficient to recognize the inherent conservatism in citizens’ desire to marry, to be judged on their work, and not to be singled out for higher taxes or bullying at school. These objectives can be achieved while also protecting religious liberty, as demonstrated by states enacting civil marriage with exemptions for religious institutions.

All that is true but exactly whom does Mr. Mehlman think he is addressing?

Mehlman’s Republican colleagues at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (I think that he is still at KKR) no longer depict the GOP. How many of us serve as Republicans in Congress (and by “us” I am referring to Jews)? I think that Cantor still has a monopoly on that franchise. Today’s Republican Party is wed to     and dependent upon     the extreme Christian right. The days of Barry Goldwater are over. Today’s libertarians like Ron and Rand Paul are Christianists. Does anyone think that it was a coincidence that Rush Limbaugh’s wedding was officiated by Ken Hutcherson, the profoundly bigoted Washington State preacher? The GOP is Hezbollah, “The Party of God.”

These people would likely have more success trying to change the
Democratic Party from the economic right than trying to change the GOP
from the social left.

David Koch might be a proponent of equal marriage but he is funding and enabling the Tea Party. The actual Tea Party constituents are right wing Christian crackpots. The one gay Tea Partier that we know about (Doug Mainwaring) writes articles opposing marriage equality. That’s how batshit crazy the Tea Party is.  The GOP has pushed out every single moderate! There are none left. Zero. None. Nada.

The best thing to happen to Mehlman is the election of Barack Obama. This prevents having another Scalia on the Supreme Court which would doom gay rights for decades. Mehlman represents everything that is frustrating about the Log Cabin Republicans. None are in national elective office and they have failed miserably at causing a whit of change in their party. They have been at this for 35 years. What have they accomplished? They are arming mortars that are aimed at their own position.

These people would likely have more success trying to change the Democratic Party from the economic right than trying to change the GOP from the social left. It should be perfectly obvious that, in spite of LCR, the GOP keeps drifting farther and farther to the right.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.