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Ken Mehlman Sorry About the Gay Bashing

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 20:  Ken Mehlman, Republican National Committee Chairman, watches a video presentation about former U.S. President Ronald Reagan during the morning session of the Republican National Committee's winter meeting at the Captiol Hilton January 20, 2006 in Washington, DC. Rove outlined the Republican party's successes over the last decade and highlighted areas where the GOP must focus for the next election cycle.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) My bad.

There are probably going to be a lot of apologies like this over the coming years:

In an interview with Salon, the chairman of President Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign says he personally apologizes to people who “were harmed by the campaigns in which I was involved.”

Technically speaking, "people harmed by the campaigns he was involved with" would be pretty much everybody on earth. But I think Mehlman is primarily referring to the gay people. One level of apology is going to come from politicians, including Democratic politicians like President Obama, who opposed gay marriage when it was still unpopular (and perhaps, for a while, out of conviction). Another category of apology will come from the politicians who whipped up fear of gay marriage to win elections. That's where Mehlman and his buddies come in.

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Photo: Chip Somodevilla/2006 Getty Images