Being the manager of George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign? Totally homophobic. Using gay jokes to mock a Republican leader who just came out of the closet? Totally hilarious.
At least that's the message liberal comedian and former Air America shock jock Marc Maron sent on Twitter, after he was unexpectedly seated next to former GOP National Committee Chairman and head of Bush's 2004 re-election campaign Ken Mehlman on a flight.
The ex-GOP chair announced that he was gay last month, which prompted outrage from liberals who were still angry that Bush opposed gay marriage during the 2004 campaign.
"Should I Tea Bag Ken Mehlman as he sleeps?" cracked Maron on his Twitter page on Sept. 19, before posting photos of himself showing off his nipples while the Republican leader dozed in the next seat.
"Ken Mehlman looks so vulnerable sleeping," the comedian mused a few minutes later. "I wonder if he dreams about being part of the c*** that f***** the country."
Moran also made deft use of airline puns, tweeting that "They just served us nuts. I hope Ken Mehlman doesn't eat mine."
The comedian isn't the first liberal media figure who has attacked Mehlman after the Republican came out of the closet.
In one post titled "Repulsive Anti-Gay Quisling Homophobic Scumbag A**hat Closeted Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman Has Come Out," popular liberal blogger Joe Jevris slammed Mehlman's "crimes against his own people," and wrote that "We can be sure that GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans are positively drooling over the prospect of welcoming Mehlman onto their boards of directors. VOMIT."
Gay rights activist and TV pundit Howard Bragman similarly bashed the former GOP chair, saying that he really hopes "there's a special place in Hell for Ken Mehlman," and adding that Mehlman was "as good as a Jew that collaborated with the Nazis."