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  • Strategist Out of Closet and Into Fray, This Time for Gay Marriage (ex-RNC chair Mehlman comes out)

    06/21/2013 4:04:36 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 6/19/2013 | Sheryl Gay Stolberg
    As the Supreme Court considers overturning California’s ban on same-sex marriage, gay people await a ruling that could change their lives. But the case has already transformed one gay man: Ken Mehlman, the once-closeted Republican operative who orchestrated President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election on a platform that included opposition to same-sex marriage. Now Mr. Mehlman, a private equity executive in Manhattan, is waging what could be his final campaign: to convince fellow Republicans that gay marriage is consistent with conservative values and good for their party. His about-face, sparked in part by the lawyer who filed the California lawsuit,...
  • Mehlman: Time for GOP to support gay marriage

    12/10/2010 2:50:12 PM PST · by Hawk720 · 72 replies
    CNN Ticker ^ | December 10, 2010 | Alexander Mooney
    Ken Mehlman, the former Republican National Committee Chairman who last summer announced he was gay, says it's time the GOP publicly support same-sex marriage. Mehlman's new position – once all but unthinkable from the man who ran former President George Bush's 2004 reelection bid – comes more than three months after he shocked many in Washington with his announcement. But in an interview with the website The Big Think, Mehlman says he has come to believe that supporting gay rights is a logical extension of the principles the GOP seeks to advance. "I do hope the Republican Party in the...
  • The GOP's dilemma: Winning over gay rights advocates could mean losing part of its base (RINO ALERT)

    09/28/2010 7:47:12 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 41 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2010-09-28 | Perry Bacon Jr.
    When Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) agreed to attend a fundraising dinner in Washington for the Log Cabin Republicans, many social conservatives were outraged. The group has long urged the GOP to be more accepting of gay rights, and some Republicans worried that the appearance by Cornyn, a party leader in Congress, would further legitimize its views. The senator not only attended the Log Cabin event at the Capitol Hill Club last Wednesday, he also accepted an award from the group, becoming the highest-ranking Republican to do so. After his speech, though, the group's president, R. Clarke Cooper, privately told Cornyn...
  • Top GOP Party Strategists Attending Log Cabin Event

    09/01/2010 6:54:28 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 40 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | September 1, 2010 | Marc Ambinder
    Suddenly, it's becoming less of a stigma for bigwigs to associate with gays in the Republican Party. Not only has former RNC chairman Ken Mehlman's 9/22 fundraiser for gay marriage rights attracted numerous high-octane Republican donors and activists, but Sen. John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and Rep. Pete Sessions, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee will help the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay GOP group, raise money for its political action committee. A glossy pamphlet advertising the Log Cabin Republicans' national dinner at the Capitol Hill Club highlights an hour-long cocktail gathering with...
  • The Treachery of the Perverse...proverbs 1

    The Treachery of the Perverse- by billrandles Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.(Proverbs 1:20-23) As the Proverbs tells us ,Wisdom is crying out in the public concourse. However it is only accessible to those who...
  • Ken Mehlman Courting Controversy

    08/30/2010 9:58:38 AM PDT · by MoHamhead · 7 replies
    Associated Content ^ | 8/27/10 | Christopher Berenger
    Ken Mehlman, George W. Bush's 2004 election campaign manager and a former Republican Party Chairman, has just revealed he is gay, according to Newsweek and a variety of other media outlets. His disclosure has angered some gay and lesbian same-sex marriage activists, upset by his tacit support and silence during the "values" political drive of 2004, when Republican strategists like Karl Rove pushed same-sex marriage bans across 13 states that year, as USA Today reported. Others are hailing his recent self-outing as being potentially helpful to the efforts to end Proposition 8 and the court case being driven, in part,...
  • Gay Republicans Rising

    08/30/2010 9:18:58 AM PDT · by jackspyder · 78 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Aug. 29, 2010 | Timothy Patrick McCarthy
    NEW YORK – Will the Republican Party follow Ken Mehlman’s lead and step out on gay rights? Historian Timothy McCarthy imagines a future where the GOP starts talking like Harvey Milk. Every queer knows that some of the biggest homophobes are closet cases. Simply recall the names of Mark Foley, Ted Haggard, Larry Craig, or George “rent-boy” Rekers. The latest Republican to move from the closet to the Log Cabin is Ken Mehlman, the architect of George W. Bush’s successful 2004 reelection campaign and former chairman of the Republican National Committee. Judging by the current political climate, Mehlman’s coming out...
  • Ken Mehlman gay ? Online conservatives don’t seem to care much

    08/28/2010 9:31:40 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 260 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 28, 2010 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    Ken Mehlman is gay? Most right-leaning political junkies probably responded by asking, ‘Who is Ken Mehlman?’ or ‘Yeah, but who cares?’ Conservative bloggers either ignored the topic or pointed out that conservatives aren’t necessarily surprised or outraged by the news. “I had absolutely no idea Ken Mehlman was gay, or existed,” wrote the Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher in response to the New York Times piece that marveled at the “muted reaction” of Republicans to the announcement. The former RNC chairman and President Bush’s 2004 campaign manager announced that he was gay to the Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder, and also announced his...
  • The Fools That Bring Disaster (Ken Mehlman)

    08/27/2010 8:46:11 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 19 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | August 25, 2010 | Robert Stacy McCain
    There were other things I wanted to write about this evening, but now I feel like I’m obligated to write a society-page feature because the Drama Queen (Ken Mehlman) decided to make her debut at the cotillion. (...) Excuse my derision, and denounce me as suffering from “homophobia” — Can I get an SSI disability check for that? Would Medicaid pay for treatment? — if that satisfies your craving for a sense of moral superiority. You’re not going to guilt-trip me into pulling punches. I’m heaping the most vicious ridicule I can on this twerp for a reason: To discourage...
  • Mehlman’s gay revelation outs GOP elite’s charade - ALAN KEYES

    08/27/2010 9:03:42 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 190 replies · 1+ views
    Loyal to Liberty ^ | August 26, 2010 | Alan Keyes
    *excerpt* As a matter of public policy, the issues on which Ken Mehlman exerted his retrograde influence within the GOP are not about his personal behavior. They are about the truth or falsity of the great principles, the self-evident truths, from which the liberty of the American people derives. If there is no natural right, no natural family, no ways of God reflected in the nature of mankind, then there are no unalienable rights; no principle of justice that requires their security; no authoritative basis for the rightness of government based on consent; no claim to self-government, of, by and...
  • Ken Mehlman and the Politics of Division

    08/27/2010 7:43:22 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 17 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | August 27, 2010 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Former Bush II operative and RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman is gay. People are talking about it from almost every imaginable angle. Why was he Republican? Why did the Republicans want him? How did such an allegedly anti-gay party as the GOP ever allow him to reach such high office? But they don’t ask the important question: Why is this a news story? In these United States, around one or two percent of the public is gay. So one or two of every hundred people isn’t straight. Why on earth should an announcement about one of them – someone whom less...
  • Former RNC Chairman Undermines Conservatives

    08/25/2010 8:52:43 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 42 replies
    First Things ^ | August 25, 2010 | Joe Carter
    Ken Mehlman, President Bush’s campaign manager in 2004 and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, made a shocking confession today in an interview with The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinger: Privately, in off-the-record conversations with this reporter over the years, Mehlman voiced support for tax increases and told of how, in private discussions with senior Republican officials, he beat back efforts to support the Bush tax cuts. The reaction by conservative pundits and leaders was praise for Mehlman following his conscience and being true to himself. Okay, not really. Maybe in an alternate universe that would happen, but in D.C....
  • Ken Mehlman, Bush Campaign Manager, Comes Out as Gay

    08/25/2010 4:08:56 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 58 replies · 2+ views
    cbsnews.com ^ | Aug. 25, 2010 | Brian Montopoli
    Former Republican National Committee chairman and Bush-Cheney campaign manager Ken Mehlman has announced publicly that he is gay, CBS News chief political consultant and politics editor for The Atlantic Marc Ambinder reports. "It's taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life," Mehlman said. "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...
  • Former President Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman says he's gay after years of denial

    08/25/2010 7:35:11 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 60 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 25, 2010 | DN Washington Bureau
    Ken Mehlman, who was President George W. Bush's campaign manager in 2004, has come out as gay - and wants to be an advocate for gay marriage. Mehlman, also a former Republican National Committee chairman, told the Atlantic magazine "It's taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life." He said friends, family and colleagues "have been wonderfully supportive." When rumors of Mehlman's sexual orientation circulated years ago, he told several reporters that they were false. Mehlman and his aides went to considerable lengths to conceal his sexual identity, arranging "dates" with women and photos of...
  • Bush Campaign Chief and Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman: I'm Gay

    08/25/2010 6:25:02 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 141 replies · 1+ views
    Atlantic ^ | 8-25-10 | Marc Ambinder
    Ken Mehlman, President Bush's campaign manager in 2004 and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has told family and associates that he is gay. Mehlman arrived at this conclusion about his identity fairly recently, he said in an interview. He agreed to answer a reporter's questions, he said, because, now in private life, he wants to become an advocate for gay marriage and anticipated that questions would arise about his participation in a late-September fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the group that supported the legal challenge to California's ballot initiative against gay marriage, Proposition...
  • Bush Campaign Chief and Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman: I'm Gay

    08/25/2010 3:58:16 PM PDT · by LonelyCon · 128 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/25/2010 | Marc Ambinder
    Ken Mehlman, President Bush's campaign manager in 2004 and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has told family and associates that he is gay. Mehlman arrived at this conclusion about his identity fairly recently, he said in an interview. He agreed to answer a reporter's questions, he said, because, now in private life, he wants to become an advocate for gay marriage and anticipated that questions would arise about his participation in a late-September fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the group that supported the legal challenge to California's ballot initiative against gay marriage, Proposition...
  • Former RNC head goes ‘Benedict Arnold’ on climate

    02/26/2008 7:51:28 AM PST · by ZGuy · 35 replies · 111+ views
    Junk Science ^ | 2/56/08
    Former Republican National Committee chairman — and the man who reportedly advised President Bush in early 2001 not to regulate carbon dioxide — has switched sides and is now being paid to lobby for greenhouse gas regulation on behalf of the eco-activist group Environmental Defense. According to Greenwire’s John Fialka (Feb. 21), ED board member and hedge fund tycoon Julian Robertson is putting up the cash to hire DC lobbying powerhouse Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Ken Mehlman and former Democratic congressman Vic Fazio will lead Akin Gump’s efforts. "Their first mission is to find the right political formula...
  • RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman Addresses The Republican Governors Association

    12/01/2006 9:56:14 PM PST · by primeval patriot · 24 replies · 717+ views
    GOP.com ^ | 30 NOV 06 | Ken Mehlman
    Miami, FL – RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman addressed the Republican Governors Association this morning in Miami, Florida. The following is a transcript of his remarks as prepared for delivery. ************ Thank you, Governor Romney, for that kind introduction. And thank you all for inviting me here today to talk with you about the last month … and more importantly, about the next two years. Let me start by talking a little bit about November 7, and what it means for our party. Obviously, no one in this room is pleased with the election results. We knew going into 2006 that...
  • GOP Chair Urges Party to Refocus on Core

    12/01/2006 12:32:18 AM PST · by Zakeet · 5 replies · 408+ views
    Newsday ^ | November 30, 2006 | Liz Sidoti
    DORAL, Fla. -- The sting of Republican electoral defeats still fresh, the GOP chairman suggested Thursday the party has strayed and challenged it to refocus on core principles and reform. "We work for the people," Ken Mehlman, the outgoing chairman of the Republican National Committee, said in a speech to a meeting of GOP governors. He reminded the crowd that "good policy makes good politics -- and, for Republicans, this must be a time for self-examination when it comes to our policy." [Snip] "Our nation is stronger and better when Republicans are the party running the government. But, ladies and...
  • GOP Chairman Urges Party to Get on Track

    11/30/2006 1:17:01 PM PST · by SmithL · 71 replies · 1,139+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/30/6 | LIZ SIDOTI
    The sting of Republican electoral defeats still fresh, the GOP chairman suggested Thursday the party has strayed and challenged it to refocus on core principles and reform. "We work for the people," Ken Mehlman, the outgoing chairman of the Republican National Committee, said in a speech to a meeting of GOP governors. He reminded the crowd that "good policy makes good politics — and, for Republicans, this must be a time for self-examination when it comes to our policy." In a disastrous midterm election year for the GOP, Republican candidates lost races across the country and at all levels of...
  • RNC asks Steele to replace Mehlman

    11/09/2006 11:31:27 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 174 replies · 3,878+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 10, 2006 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, whose party just lost both chambers of Congress, will leave his position in January, and the post as party chief has been offered to Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele. "It is true," Mr. Mehlman told The Washington Times when asked about reports last night that he would resign. "It's something I decided over the summer. No one told me I needed to. In fact, folks wanted me to stay." Mr. Mehlman said he "told the White House over the summer it was my decision" to leave the RNC post, "win, lose or draw."...
  • Steele to Replace Mehlman?

    11/09/2006 10:28:23 PM PST · by AKSurprise · 178 replies · 2,654+ views
    Flame of Freedom ^ | 11/10/06 | Andrew Surprise
    “Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, whose party just lost both chambers of Congress, will leave his position in January, and the post as party chief has been offered to Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele."
  • Mehlman's Term Expires in January - Will Step Down When Term Ends

    WASHINGTON (AP) GOP officials say Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman will step down from his post in January.
  • Why the hell hasn't Ken Mehlman stepped the hell down?

    11/09/2006 12:32:31 PM PST · by Trueblackman · 34 replies · 632+ views
    freerepublic ^ | 09 November 2006 b | Trueblackman
    As a Conservative, I want to know why the hell hasn't the ineffective Republican National Comittee Chair Ken Mehlman not resigned from his position following the loses in the House and Senate. It was Mehlman job to find and craft the message of the party and find good quality Conservative candidate, but Mehlman used his time trying to get along and apply to liberals and their fringe groups and not the base of our party, So it is time to throw Mehlman under the bus and move on. I believe that our party needs a younger Chairman 30-50 years old...
  • New RNC Chair?

    11/09/2006 12:27:27 PM PST · by Bluegrass Conservative · 142 replies · 2,008+ views
    Fox News
    I was just watching Fox News. Carl Cameron mentioned that Ken Mehlman will most likely step down as RNC Chair this January. Among potential replacements, he mentioned Bill Owen (Governor of Colorado) and Michael Steele (Lt. Governor and 2006 Senate nominee from Maryland). At first glance, I really like the idea of Steele leading the party. He has both elected and party experience. Your thoughts?
  • MOTIVATED TO WIN [GOP Ken Mehlman]

    10/20/2006 4:36:16 PM PDT · by RobFromGa · 22 replies · 1,047+ views
    Email from RNC ^ | October 20, 2006 | Ken Mehlman
      To: Republican Activists and Interested Parties From: Ken Mehlman, RNC Chairman Date: October 20, 2006 Re: Republican Motivation New Ad: The Stakes Watch the RNC's new ad , which underscores the high stakes America faces in the global War on Terror by using the words of the terrorists themselves as they describe their intention towards the United States. In recent days and weeks, the mainstream media have repeatedly claimed that the Republican base is suffering from "low voter enthusiasm."  It is easy to believe a story that is repeated so frequently, but in fact there is ample evidence...
  • National GOP chief campaigns for Joe Negron (a social conservative)

    10/19/2006 11:07:44 PM PDT · by unspun · 2 replies · 379+ views
    WINK News (really, WINK news) ^ | 10-18-2006 | Nicole Oliverio
    With just 20 days left until the election, more big names are getting behind candidates hoping to replace disgraced congressman Mark Foley. On Wednesday, it was Republican National Committee Chariman Ken Mehlman visiting Punta Gorda to campaign for Joe Negron. Republicans claim Foley's scandal is not the reason the party's heavy hitters are in the area. RNC chairman, Ken Mehlman, says he only makes visits to political races where he feels the candidate has a strong chance to win. The Republican party is using all the money, resources, and powerful faces it can to secure Negron a seat in congress,...
  • Take a Second Look

    10/18/2006 5:30:07 PM PDT · by Small-L · 19 replies · 640+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 10/18/2006 12:08:49 AM | Quin Hillyer
    Stay the course. Don't change horses in midstream. Let them finish the job they've started. It's always darkest just before dawn. Or maybe, less pithily but more positively, this: On second thought, look around your hometown, because life may be going better than you realized. Republicans trying desperately to hold their congressional majorities still lack a simple message that resonates with voters who usually or at least often lean right, but who this year are disaffected. They need something like (but better than) one of the examples above, something that gets voters to say, "Okay, dammit, I may not be...
  • GOP Chair: 'I Certainly Haven't Seen a Free Fall' (Mehlman on Why GOP Keeps Congress)

    10/12/2006 7:50:51 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 43 replies · 1,912+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | 10/10/06 | Will Sullivan
    On new polls suggesting that the Republicans could be, in the words of some analysts, in free fallLet me first say I do think that we are in a very challenging environment. I think that the situation with [Rep. Mark] Foley has made it even more challenging, but ... I have not seen a significant impact in most of the races around the country and I certainly haven't seen a free fall. The three issues that I think we're dealing with [in the polls]: first of all is the partisanship of the electorate. In the last 25 years, the electorate...
  • Really lame YouTube DUmmie video(Karl Rove is gay, he likes show tunes)

    10/11/2006 7:05:41 AM PDT · by Dane · 31 replies · 969+ views
    YouTube, BalthasarFilms ^ | October 10, 2006
    Whew and Google paid $1.6 billion for this? Link. And also notice the YouTube hypocrisy. This video has not been censored as the pro-Republican one has. YouTube censors anti-dem Scary Movie commercial
  • RNC Chairman High on Upcoming Election

    09/15/2006 9:05:47 PM PDT · by no dems · 33 replies · 880+ views
    CQPolitics.com ^ | September 15, 2006 | Rachel Kapochunas
    Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman earned his spurs as a campaign general under the tutelage of Karl Rove, the longtime political adviser to President Bush. He has never lacked for assertiveness or confidence. So despite daunting problems that threaten the Republicans’ continued majority of the House and the Senate — including numerous polls showing that most voters have soured on Bush and Congress — Mehlman told a press breakfast Friday that a GOP victory on Nov. 7 was well in hand. Mehlman, at an event sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, said the Republican Party began strategizing and raising...
  • GOP Denounces 'Immigrant' Activities

    09/12/2006 6:41:25 PM PDT · by VU4G10 · 17 replies · 673+ views
    AP ^ | Sep 12 06 | Sven Gustafson
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans on Tuesday distanced themselves from campaign activities that encourage college students to "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" and shoot cardboard cutouts of leading Democrats with a BB gun or paintball gun. Democratic Chairman Howard Dean said in a letter to his Republican counterpart, Ken Mehlman, on Tuesday that such activities, reportedly put together by a GOP college organizer, "can only be described as divisive, potentially dangerous and discriminatory." The Republican National Committee said it had no connection with Morgan Wilkins, the woman accused of organizing the offbeat campaign activities at the University of Michigan. RNC spokesman Brian...
  • DNC: Dean Sends Mehlman Letter on RNC Funded Discriminatory and Un-American Campaign Activities

    09/12/2006 3:57:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies · 927+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 9/12/06
    DNC: Dean Sends Mehlman Letter on RNC Funded Discriminatory and Un-American Campaign Activities1 hour, 16 minutes ago To: National Desk Contact: Stacie Paxton or Luis Miranda, 202-863-8148, both of the DNC Press Office WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean sent a letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman today calling on him to stop RNC-funded campaign activities that promote discrimination and endorse violence against political opponents. The letter was sent after a Michigan newspaper revealed that an RNC-funded organizer in Michigan is coordinating "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" and "Fun With Guns" events at...
  • GOP Wins If Election Held Today

    09/04/2006 8:02:19 PM PDT · by harpu · 45 replies · 2,009+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | 9/05/06 | Ronald Kessler
    WASHINGTON -- If congressional elections were held today, Republicans would hold their majority in the House and Senate, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman said in an interview. Mehlman bases that conclusion on a recent meeting with his regional political directors, on private polling, and on analyses of individual races. Mehlman conceded that the House is in a "competitive situation." In the House, 35 to 40 seats are in play, he said. In the Senate, 12 or 13 seats could change hands. To tilt the balance, Democrats would have to pick up six seats in the Senate and 15 seats...
  • Weekend Show *Preview* for 8/12 - 8/13/06 (not the live thread)

    08/11/2006 7:12:13 PM PDT · by Phsstpok · 22 replies · 1,491+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 8/11/06 | Network and Cable News
    Weekend Talk Show Preview - Analysis for August 12th and 13th, 2006On the shows this weekend I'm most interested by Vali Nasr, on CNN, and Ken Mehlman, on Meet The Press.  I think we'll learn more about the events in the Middle East from Nasr and more about the coming campaign from Mehlman than all of the other guests, combined.  Nasr is an expert, from Iran, on the issues of conflict between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.  I actually view this as our best hope of winning the coming world war.  Just as Communists and Nazis joined forces to start World...
  • Mehlman: Democrats willing to surrender tools in terror fight

    08/06/2006 2:29:17 PM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies · 405+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 8-6-06 | Martiga Lohn
    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The head of the Republican Party accused Democrats of being willing to surrender the tools necessary to combat terrorism as the GOP tries to capitalize on its national security advantage in a tough election year. Faced with President Bush's low approval ratings and diminishing support for the Iraq war, the Republican strategy is to make the war on terrorism a central campaign issue and argue that Democrats hold a pre-Sept. 11 view of the world. Ken Mehlman, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, stressed that argument in a speech Friday at the organization's two-day summer meeting,...
  • Ken Mehlman: Democrats Weak on Terror Fight

    08/05/2006 6:01:27 AM PDT · by do the dhue · 22 replies · 476+ views
    newsmax ^ | Friday, Aug. 4, 2006 2:43 p.m. EDT | newsmax staff
    The head of the Republican Party accused Democrats of being willing to surrender the tools necessary to combat terrorism as the GOP tries to capitalize on its national security advantage in a tough election year. Faced with President Bush's low approval ratings and diminishing support for the Iraq war, the Republican strategy is to make the war on terrorism a central campaign issue and argue that Democrats hold a pre-Sept. 11 view of the world. Ken Mehlman, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, stressed that argument in a speech Friday at the organization's two-day summer meeting, similar to points...
  • US-Israel Affairs: ...And to the Republicans for which he stands

    06/02/2006 12:45:01 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 12 replies · 392+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 2, 2006 | HERB KEINON
    With a bitter US mid-term election just five months away, Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman decided this week to visit a place where his party's main attraction - US President George W. Bush - is very popular: Israel. While Bush may be facing disapproval ratings of historic proportions at home, it's safe to say that were popularity polls conducted in Israel, Bush would do marvelously well. Israelis are fond of Bush. Just ask Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, whose public comments in Washington last week were punctuated with high praise for the US president, his Mideast policies and his war...
  • Mehlman's warning

    05/06/2006 4:04:09 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 93 replies · 1,864+ views
    Townhall ^ | 5/6/6 | Robert Novak
    Republican National Chairman Kenneth Mehlman went to Capitol Hill last Tuesday to warn the party's House and Senate campaign staffers of dire consequences unless Republicans break the current legislative deadlock. Mehlman stressed the necessity to pass a budget resolution and an immigration reform bill, dealing with two issues that seriously concern the Republican base. Word circulated around Capitol Hill that Mehlman warned 45 seats could be lost in the House on Nov. 7. He told me that he did not mention that figure and, in fact, believes Republicans would retain control of the House if elections were held today. High-level...
  • GOP Campaign Chief Eyes Immigration Reform

    05/04/2006 6:30:23 PM PDT · by Icelander · 113 replies · 1,686+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5/4/06 | JON SARCHE
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Trying to bridge a growing chasm in his party over immigration reform, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman said Thursday the nation needs both a temporary worker program and consequences for illegal aliens. Opening the party's annual meeting of state chairmen in this conservative bastion, Mehlman borrowed a page from President Reagan, saying the party must practice "the politics of 'and,'" meaning people on both sides of the debate have to come together to accomplish reform. "There has been a lot of rhetoric about this issue over the last few months, but in my opinion, not...
  • Inside The RNC's Union Outreach

    05/04/2006 4:37:56 PM PDT · by NAWER · 2 replies · 307+ views
    Hotline On Call ^ | 5/4/06 | [JONATHAN MARTIN and MARC AMBINDER]
    Inside The RNC's Union Outreach RNC chair Ken Mehlman and other top GOP officials used recent meetings with organized labor to urge them to give to GOPers in key '06 races, bolster or begin contributions to the nat'l party cmtes and cease donations to 527s, according to multiple union sources.
  • Dean: GOP Makes Jews Uncomfortable

    05/03/2006 7:13:23 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 82 replies · 2,245+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 4 May 2006
    The head of the Democratic Party said Wednesday that unchecked U.S. reliance on foreign oil helps fund terrorists and the nation must address its energy needs in a way that creates jobs. Howard Dean, in a speech to the American Jewish Committee, said new industries should emerge to develop alternative fuel sources. The other option, he said, is continued support of Islamic schools that teach hatred of the United States and Israel. "We are committed to ending our standing while our oil money (provides) indirect funding of fundamentalist Islamic schools all over the world," he said. Dean took a swipe...
  • POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: DNC Chairman on Oil ( and Jews )

    05/03/2006 4:17:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies · 1,137+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2006 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    Howard Dean, in a speech to the American Jewish Committee... took a swipe at the Republican Party, saying the Democratic Party is one of inclusion and religious freedom. "I was recently asked about the difference between the Democratic and Republican parties," Dean said. "When it comes right down to it, the essential difference is that the Democrats fundamentally believe it is important to make sure that American Jews feel comfortable being American Jews." Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, who is Jewish, addressed the group on Tuesday. The head of the Democratic Party said Wednesday that unchecked U.S. reliance on...
  • RNC Chairman Warns of Possible GOP Catastrophe

    05/03/2006 2:17:00 PM PDT · by poisonivy27 · 265 replies · 5,468+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | May 3, 2006 | Robert Novak
    RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman met with Republican members of Congress this week to impress upon them just how bad the opinion polls are looking for them, and warning that they face a possible catastrophe in November. This warning contributed to GOP determination to pass a tax reconciliation bill that will extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts beyond their current expiration dates at the end of the decade. On Tuesday, Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and House Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) were supposed to meet with President Bush in the Oval office to discuss the tax...
  • Republican Party head: Iran's nukes threaten Jewish people

    05/02/2006 4:54:54 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 15 replies · 505+ views
    AP ^ | May 3, 2006
    The head of the US Republican Party said Tuesday that Iran's nuclear program threatens Israel, the Jewish people and the United States, and "we must confront an evil ideology head on." Ken Mehlman, in a speech to the American Jewish Committee's annual meeting, invoked the anti-Semitism of recent history in focusing on Iran, lauded the progress in Iraq and addressed pre-emptive military action. "Just as we did during the 20th century, we must confront an evil ideology head on," Mehlman said. "And just as we did, we will prevail." In Tehran, a Revolutionary Guards commander said Israel would be Iran's...
  • Remarks by RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (TRANSCRIPT)

    03/12/2006 8:16:40 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 20 replies · 693+ views
    RNC ^ | March 10, 2006 | Ken Mehlman
    Thank you, Senator, for that kind introduction. [Senator Lamar Alexander] And thank you for hosting us here in Tennessee. This is a great place to hold this conference … and not least because of the leadership that you and Senator Frist have shown over the years. With Senator Frist retiring this year, there are some big shoes to fill. And I look forward to working together to make sure those shoes are filled by another strong, principled Republican. Since the beginning of political parties in this country, party chairmen have had a simple job at events like this: Come and...
  • RNC chief sets tone for elections

    03/11/2006 1:32:33 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 85 replies · 1,328+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 11, 2006 | Donald Lambro
    Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman yesterday told an election-year gathering of party faithful that Democrats want to retreat from the war on terror, raise taxes and appoint judges to legislate liberally from the bench.
  • HOW 'ANGER' WOUNDS HILL (Dick Morris: GOP ATTACK COULD BE CRIPPLING)

    02/13/2006 8:05:07 AM PST · by presidio9 · 108 replies · 4,270+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 13, 2006
    THE most effective at tacks in politics are those that stop your opponent from campaigning in his or her usual style. When Democrats called Richard Nixon "negative" in the runup to the 1960 presidential, it made it much more difficult for him to wage the type of slash-and-burn campaign that had animated his past races. When Republicans called Bill Clinton a "flip-flopper" during his first term, it made it harder for him to reach out to all constituencies and reach across ideological barriers as he instinctually always wanted to do. Now, Ken Mehlman, the chairman of the Republican National Committee,...
  • RNC chief slams Democrats

    02/10/2006 10:07:18 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 16 replies · 974+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2-11-06 | Bill Sammons
    RNC chief slams Democrats By Bill Sammon THE WASHINGTON TIMES Published February 11, 2006 Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman yesterday ridiculed Democrats and the "mainstream media," but said Republicans must embrace reform in order to win the 2006 elections.     "One of the oldest lessons in history is that power corrupts," Mr. Mehlman warned in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.     "And if we are to learn from that particular lesson of history, then we must take a stand, right here, right now, against corruption," he added. "We must remember that public service is a sacred...
  • Republican Chief Outlines 2006 Strategy

    02/10/2006 6:18:47 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 30 replies · 1,029+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Feb. 10, 2006 | BARRY SCHWEID
    WASHINGTON - Republican national chairman Ken Mehlman on Friday outlined a political strategy for 2006 to portray Democrats as too weak to protect the country and to bypass the mainstream media to spread the GOP message. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Mehlman roused the crowd at a Washington hotel to cheers as he told them President Bush had finally responded to decades of terrorist attacks. "For a generation, terrorists learned they could make war on free nations without fear of war in return," Mehlman said, adding that Bush understood how to respond. "On Sept. 12, the terrorists got...