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Mitt Romney’s Appointment of Gay Aide Richard Grenell Signals New Attitude [April 2012]
ABCNews.com ^ | Apr 26, 2012 7:00am | Matt Negrin

Posted on 08/18/2012 6:34:23 AM PDT by SoConPubbie

Last week, Mitt Romney hired Richard Grenell as his new foreign policy spokesman. Grenell was President Bush’s communications director at the United Nations for eight years, and has been a spokesman for a handful of prominent Republicans such as George Pataki and Dave Camp.

Along with his qualifications, Grenell is also gay.

When the campaign announced the hire, Grenell’s sexual orientation wasn’t noted in media coverage, nor, arguably, should it have been. He got in a bit of a tangle for scrubbing his Twitter profile to erase messages he wrote about Newt Gingrich and his wife, but that was about the only newsworthy development in the hiring announcement.

That is, until a gay-bashing radio host at the American Family Association wrote in his blog that by appointing Grenell, Romney was telling the so-called pro-family community to “drop dead.” CNN amplified that message from Bryan Fischer by inviting him on for an interview.

“The homosexual agenda represents the single-greatest threat to religious liberty and freedom of association in America today,” Fischer declared.

The problem, gay Republicans say, is not that homophobes like Fischer are still around but that a person’s sexual orientation is still newsworthy enough to provide a cheap story or mini-controversy.

Grenell isn’t the first gay person Romney has hired, and he probably won’t be the last.

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KEYWORDS: 2disgusting4words; gaychuriancandidate; grenell; romney
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1 posted on 08/18/2012 6:34:33 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; VinL; ex-snook; sport; INVAR; ejonesie22; PieterCasparzen; Colonel_Flagg; Washi; ...

Romney Ping!


2 posted on 08/18/2012 6:35:09 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: SoConPubbie

All I’ve got to say to all the people cheering the democrats getting on board with Romney is, “This is what you wanted, hope your “win” was worth it.”


3 posted on 08/18/2012 6:39:41 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SoConPubbie
Another poke in the eye?


4 posted on 08/18/2012 6:43:00 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: SoConPubbie

That guy did not last 1 week:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/richard-grenell-mitt-romney-spokesman-resigns/2012/05/01/gIQAoDTguT_blog.html


5 posted on 08/18/2012 6:43:33 AM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: SoConPubbie
Along with his qualifications, Grenell is also gay.

What an idiotic thing to do. This issue has become one of the most controversial issues of the times, and he sides with the flaming homos?
Typical back stabbing politician. Throw the American people under the bus for the sake of a few dollars in campaign contributions.

Get rid of him, Romney. Outside the Washington belt way, things are different in the real world.

I find Romney to be absolutely repulsive. THIS is the real Mitt Romney. Liberal to the core.

6 posted on 08/18/2012 6:55:00 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: SoConPubbie

Your Dear Leader thanks you for spamming the board with a 4 month old article about a man who lasted exactly one week with the Romney campaign.

You signed Michelle Obama ‘Free Happy Meal’ voucher is in the mail.


7 posted on 08/18/2012 6:55:47 AM PDT by rwilson99 (Please tell me how the words "shall not perish and have everlasting life" would NOT apply to Mary.)
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To: SoConPubbie; cripplecreek

GIFSoup

You know the cycle of RINO betrayal.

8 posted on 08/18/2012 7:01:19 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Normalcy results in the creation of life, Sodomy results in AIDS)
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To: concerned about politics
"The foreign policy spokesman came under fire for some crude (and since deleted) tweets about various prominent women. He also drew criticism from some social conservatives for being openly gay.
Today was supposed to be Grenell’s first day."

Good. Romney would have taken a huge, huge hit for that mistake. He'd have lost millions of moral voters if the word got out he was "homo sensitive." Real men don't bend over under pressure.

9 posted on 08/18/2012 7:02:34 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: KC_Lion

LOL I can’t even watch the news anymore.

Between FOX rubbing themselves raw over Romney and the lefty media rubbing themselves raw over Obama I just want to vomit.


10 posted on 08/18/2012 7:05:49 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: rwilson99

yup, this really does not move political discussion forward.


11 posted on 08/18/2012 7:08:30 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: DarthVader

That needs to be in capitols so everyone who is bitching will see it; THE FRUIT IS GONE. HE ISN’T THERE ANYMORE. HE RESIGNED!


12 posted on 08/18/2012 7:10:20 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: concerned about politics
I find Romney to be absolutely repulsive. THIS is the real Mitt Romney. Liberal to the core.

Oh, no! He's severely conservative! He said so himself! [stifled laugh]

13 posted on 08/18/2012 7:11:42 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: SoConPubbie

I’m getting physically ill .....


14 posted on 08/18/2012 7:14:04 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Slump Tester

AND MITT PICKED THIS FRUIT IN THE FIRST PLACE.


15 posted on 08/18/2012 7:18:26 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

The only good thing I can think of to say about Romney is that he’s not obammy.......

Therefore, he gets my vote.


16 posted on 08/18/2012 7:30:47 AM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: SoConPubbie

Anyone have any idea Who his pick for US Attorney General might be?


17 posted on 08/18/2012 7:37:42 AM PDT by To-Whose-Benefit? (It is Error alone which needs the support of Government. The Truth can stand by itself.)
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To: Slump Tester

The date of the article is from April.


18 posted on 08/18/2012 7:37:42 AM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: SoConPubbie; P-Marlowe; cripplecreek; darrellmaurina; VinL; ex-snook; sport; INVAR; ejonesie22; ...

I agree with AFA that this is “in your face” to social conservatives/Christian conservatives on the part of Mitt Romney.

I’ve changed my viewpoint on his strategy, though.

First, I do think Mitt is pro-homosexualism. I’ve no doubt. It wouldn’t surprise me to read future history and discover that Mitt was himself a closet AC/DC.

Next, I do not think he is trying to hide his homosexualism by sliding it under the radar.

I’ve decided that Romney WANTS us social conservatives screaming bloody murder about his pro-gay agenda while his public personna is saying he is pro-natural marriage/family.

His best credential to fence-sitting pro-gay independents and log cabinists is OUR indignation, OUR screaming bloody murder that he is HIDING his true feelings.

He is playing both ends against the middle.

We, of course, must continue to call him on his comments and on his record. We must also make clear, however, that the strategy of using our indignation to convince the pro-gay independents/youth/democrats that he is subtly on their side will be called out.

And the best way to do it is remind EVERYONE how duplicitous is this man, this Romney character. He will sell them “for a bowl of pottage” if it suits his immediate needs.

Would that Paul Ryan were the nominee instead of Mitt Romney! Lord, hear that prayer. Amen.


19 posted on 08/18/2012 7:41:47 AM PDT by xzins (Vote Goode Not Evil: The lesser of 2 evils is still evil!)
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To: DarthVader; SoConPubbie

Leave it to soconbpubbie to post “news” from months ago. He couldn’t even be bothered this time to post that the guy was already dead and gone. Out of the campaign.


20 posted on 08/18/2012 7:58:05 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: SoConPubbie

appointing Grenell, Romney was telling the so-called pro-family community to “drop dead.”
____________________________________________

Willard told us that years ago...


21 posted on 08/18/2012 8:00:46 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: cripplecreek
Between FOX rubbing themselves raw over Romney and the lefty media rubbing themselves raw over Obama I just want to vomit.

Starting with Jimmy Carter every democrat president has caused me to quickly turn the channel when he came on. Romney is the first republican candidate to provoke the same reaction. Just looking at him repulses me. His very facial expressions say, "I'm lying through my teeth".

22 posted on 08/18/2012 8:01:53 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (If you fear Obama, you'll vote for Romney. If you fear God, you won't.)
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To: VeniVidiVici; SoConPubbie; Jim Robinson
Leave it to soconbpubbie to post “news” from months ago. He couldn’t even be bothered this time to post that the guy was already dead and gone. Out of the campaign.

Gee, a flip-flopper just like Mitt...takes the job then wimps out.

The fact that he resigned doesn't change the lack of discernment by Romney...OR was it "discernment" by Romney, or just plain old pandering to the gay voters?...

23 posted on 08/18/2012 8:13:38 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Tell the 52,000 mormon missionaries to stop going worldwide proclaiming Christianity to be false.)
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To: xzins
Would that Paul Ryan were the nominee instead of Mitt Romney! Lord, hear that prayer. Amen.

There are scenarios in which that might happen. God is in control. Keep praying.

24 posted on 08/18/2012 8:26:12 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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Gee, a flip-flopper just like Mitt...takes the job then wimps out.

The fact that he resigned doesn't change the lack of discernment by Romney...OR was it "discernment" by Romney, or just plain old pandering to the gay voters?..

LOL! Should have known one of the bigots would report such an innocuous post to JR.

25 posted on 08/18/2012 8:27:21 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: xzins; SoConPubbie; All
I'm no fan of Romney. I have a track record documenting that on Free Republic. This website woke me up years ago to how bad Romney is.

However, I have concerns about the Grenell issue being brought up now.

First, it's an article from April. That's not decisive — old news can be important news — but why now? The fact is that this openly homosexual Republican resigned from the position to which Romney appointed him (good) while making clear that being openly gay was not an issue to Romney (not good).

Here's Grenell’s full statement of resignation: “I have decided to resign from the Romney campaign as the Foreign Policy and National Security Spokesman. While I welcomed the challenge to confront President Obama’s foreign policy failures and weak leadership on the world stage, my ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from a presidential campaign. I want to thank Governor Romney for his belief in me and my abilities and his clear message to me that being openly gay was a non-issue for him and his team.”

Link here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/richard-grenell-mitt-romney-spokesman-resigns/2012/05/01/gIQAoDTguT_blog.html

John Bolton tried unsuccessfully to talk him out of resigning. Maybe we need to be asking questions about Bolton too, but I think it's obvious Bolton is much better than Romney.

More to the point, I did some digging on him. Interesting stuff.

He's the son of Church of God missionaries. He's anti-abortion and has strong words for those who aren't. That's good.

“He also dislikes those who can’t handle the hard questions — cuts in the budget, abortion. If you won’t toe the line, Grenell has a handy label for you. “Squish,” he says of Christine Todd Whitman, the pro-choice Republican governor of New Jersey. This is not a compliment.”

On the negative side, he's a big fan of Ariana Huffington.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/who-is-richard-grenell/2012/04/24/gIQA9xnleT_blog.html

According to Huffington Post, he was a blogger for Huffington Post until a month before his resignation.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/22/richard-grenell-mitt-romney-online-attacks_n_1442726.html?ref=politics&ir=Politics

According to ThinkProgress, “He also asserted that President Obama’s children should be fair game for political debate.”

http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/04/20/468736/richard-grenell-twitter-women/?mobile=nc

This isn't just a social conservative issue. His comments about Newt Gingrich's marital background and attacks on Callista Gingrich are at a level that would raise major concerns for lots of Freepers who are Gingrich supporters, and even Gingrich opponents (me included) who think mocking comments about a candidate's wife are not appropriate.

Can anyone imagine something like this being tolerated on Free Republic: “At the debate before that, ahead of the Florida primary on Jan. 23, Grenell cracked: ‘newt will win this question because he had 3 families!’ On the previous day, he wondered: ‘what’s higher? The number of jobs newt's created or the number of wives he's had?’”

http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/04/new-romney-flacks-old-pastime-ridiculing-the-gingriches-121165.html

He also mocked Rick Santorum on Twitter with this Feb.. 22 statement: “im rick santorum and gay people should be deported”

http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/04/grenells-other-targets-hillary-clinton-south-korea-121168.html

Jennifer Rubin, author of “Right Turn” over at the Washington Post, says Grenell was forced out by “anti-gay conservatives”:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/exclusive-richard-grenell-hounded-from-romney-campaign-by-anti-gay-conservatives/2012/05/01/gIQAccGcuT_blog.html

The National Review Online says that “Grenell is more passionate about same-sex marriage than anything else.”

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/297194/re-all-means-let-s-worry-about-richard-grenell-matthew-j-franck

With all this awful stuff about Grenell, I think the real question ought to be how the Romney campaign could **POSSIBLY** even consider appointing him to a prominent position. Maybe the problem isn't that Romney is pro-gay, but rather that Romney is a poor manager.

Anyone in management has hired bad people, but this is pretty bad. I wouldn't expect something like this to happen at the national level of politics.

The Washington Post's statement was that “He was hired through the policy side of the campaign — not the political side, where a different level of vetting occurs.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/richard-grenell-mitt-romney-spokesman-resigns/2012/05/01/gIQAoDTguT_blog.html

Okay, maybe. I get the point that lower-level policy functionaries who won't attract lots of public attention may do good work for a campaign as long as they stay behind the scenes and keep quiet. But this guy was going to be a policy **SPOKESMAN.**

Wouldn't it be obvious to anyone with access to Google that this guy was radioactive?

26 posted on 08/18/2012 9:07:56 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: SoConPubbie; Jim Robinson; xzins
SoConPubbie, I just thought of something. There must be a reason you brought this up now. We all know Free Republic has numerous MittBots — I don't mean the sincere Romney supporters or Anybody-but-Obama people, but people deliberately trying to cause trouble on Romney's behalf.

Based on Grenell’s biography in the citations I provided in my last post — fiscal conservative, hard-right on deficits, long history of fiery internet activism — he fits the profile of a MittBot on Free Republic.

Do you have reason to believe that Grenell has a Free Republic account and is using it to be disruptive?

27 posted on 08/18/2012 9:15:30 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: rwilson99
What you think about Obama's buddies the Moslem Brotherhood crucifying and torturing Christians in front of the Presidential palace in Cairo?

Your boy Romney says such things are just Socon issues and he's all about the economy and jobs and can't be bothered.

As Grenell proved, the first thing on Romney's mind was jobs for gays! What you think he thinks about Christians being crucified? Is he against it, for it, just doesn't care one way or the other?

Let's hear what he has to say.

28 posted on 08/18/2012 9:19:03 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SoConPubbie
The writer actually states that being "Gay" is a qualification ; assuming "Gay" means thinks that sodomy is just wonderful.

I still hear from talk-show people and others use the ridiculous expression, "What people do in the bedrooms is none of any one else's business."

But sodomy has now been made a socio-political issue that goes way outside the bedromms of the sodomoites. They never intended to keep it in their bedrooms, but insist that it be in our face.

Bedrooms, nothing ! They want it in the classromms, the court houses (sodomite so-called marriage), in the legislatures and in the political campaigns. They still want to force us to recognize legitimacy in it, and we had better never do it !

29 posted on 08/18/2012 9:30:22 AM PDT by John Leland 1789
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To: SoConPubbie; All

Awesome! This is JUST the guy we need as the Republican nominee! He’s FAB-ulous!

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30 posted on 08/18/2012 10:02:37 AM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Science puts you on the moon, atheism puts you in the gulag)
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To: VeniVidiVici
LOL! Should have known one of the bigots would report such an innocuous post to JR.

What's a "bigot"? Someone you're losing an argument to?

31 posted on 08/18/2012 10:10:55 AM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Science puts you on the moon, atheism puts you in the gulag)
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To: concerned about politics; All
He'd have lost millions of moral voters if the word got out he was "homo sensitive."

Don't you just hate having a Republican nominee whose followers have to expend strenuous effort to hide his stances from the public?

32 posted on 08/18/2012 10:17:14 AM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Science puts you on the moon, atheism puts you in the gulag)
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To: concerned about politics

Real men don’t bend over under pressure.


Myth does not resemble that remark. :)


33 posted on 08/18/2012 10:17:30 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Yashcheritsiy
What's a "bigot"? Someone you're losing an argument to?

Huh? And just what argument would that be?

34 posted on 08/18/2012 11:04:27 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: VeniVidiVici; greyfoxx39; DarthVader
Leave it to soconbpubbie to post “news” from months ago. He couldn’t even be bothered this time to post that the guy was already dead and gone. Out of the campaign.

Yeah, leave it to VeniVidiVici and other ABO/POP(Party over Principle) types to practice situational ethics/principle/morals where Romney is concerned.

What does it matter if it was April of this year?

Does that fact make this action of Romney any less despicable?

Does that fact make this action of Romney any less lacking in conservative principle, much less morality?

You're supposed to be a conservative VeniVidiVici first, a Republican second; what happened?

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams
35 posted on 08/18/2012 11:05:28 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: VeniVidiVici; greyfoxx39; SoConPubbie; Jim Robinson
LOL! Should have known one of the bigots would report such an innocuous post to JR.

LOL!

Should have known a supporter of Mitt Romney would mimic his behavior and bear false witness against an honest Freeper and distort what he/she has posted.
36 posted on 08/18/2012 11:11:18 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: SoConPubbie
Should have known a supporter of Mitt Romney would mimic his behavior and bear false witness against an honest Freeper and distort what he/she has posted.

You, my friend, are a complete loon. I'm not even going to ask what you are referring to. Do you even know what you write anymore or is that the only reason you copy and paste ancient articles? That the thought process can't last more than a second or two before you start short-circuiting?

37 posted on 08/18/2012 11:33:44 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: VeniVidiVici
Huh? And just what argument would that be?

I don't know, whatever argument you were losing to have to fall back onto the leftist-style whiner name-calling option.

38 posted on 08/18/2012 12:30:48 PM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Science puts you on the moon, atheism puts you in the gulag)
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To: greyfoxx39
The fact that he resigned doesn't change the lack of discernment by Romney...OR was it "discernment" by Romney, or just plain old pandering to the gay voters?...

If "When the campaign announced the hire, Grenell’s sexual orientation wasn’t noted in media coverage" is "pandering to the gay voters," Romney's people seriously need a remedial course in pandering!

The guy had spent eight years at the UN for Bush's administration. He appeared qualified and politically vetted to speak for a Republican presidential candidate on foreign affairs.

You would ban such people, without regard to their aptitude for a job, forcing them to become invisible and thus creating the very threats and risks you claim to oppose. It isn't rational and doesn't achieve your goals, only exacerbates the problem you see.

39 posted on 08/18/2012 8:07:43 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Election night is 81 days away.)
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To: newzjunkey; xzins; SoConPubbie
39 posted on Sat Aug 18 2012 22:07:43 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) by newzjunkey: “The guy had spent eight years at the UN for Bush's administration. He appeared qualified and politically vetted to speak for a Republican presidential candidate on foreign affairs. You would ban such people, without regard to their aptitude for a job, forcing them to become invisible and thus creating the very threats and risks you claim to oppose. It isn't rational and doesn't achieve your goals, only exacerbates the problem you see.”

John Bolton's support for this man gives me pause. Bolton is not naive. If Bolton saw something useful in him, others could legitimately do so as well.

**HOWEVER** — look at the stuff I dug up about him with a five minute Google search. He was posting things on his Twitter feed that would infuriate virtually everyone on Free Republic, not just the social conservatives. Highly offensive comments about Newt Gingrich's marriages, Callista Gingrich's physical appearance, Rick Santorum’s views on homosexuals. And then nasty comments about the physical appearance of other women.

Campaigns can't have someone like that as a policy spokesman. This looks like he was a train wreck waiting to happen, even without being homosexual.

I wonder about the professionalism of Romney's internal vetting process for his policy staff if something like this could happen.

40 posted on 08/18/2012 8:49:21 PM PDT by darrellmaurina
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