Skip to comments.Who Is Richard Grenell Anyway? [Romney Spokesman]
Posted on 04/27/2012 8:10:18 AM PDT by madprof98
A couple days ago, Kevin Williamson blogged here that there is nothing of interest in the fact that Richard Grenell, a former Bush administration staffer at the U.N. mission and now appointed foreign-policy spokesman for the Romney campaign, is gay. Kevin also blandly remarks on reports that Mr. Grenell supports gay marriage, while Mr. Romney does not, and he adds: Unnoted is that Barack Obama, who also has gay staffers, also opposes gay marriage. Well . . . so Obama says. If actions speak louder than words, the presidents actual position might be described rather differently.
I agree that Grenells being openly gay is, in itself, of no consequence for his service in the Romney campaign. Nor is the fact that he supports same-sex marriage if, that is, we were assured that this view would have no influence on American foreign policy. But Grenell has made a particular crusade of the marriage issue, with a kind of unhinged devotion that suggests a man with questionable judgment. And when the Obama State Department is already moving to elevate the gay-rights agenda to a higher plane than religious freedom in the foreign policy of the United States, it is reasonable to wonder whether Grenell, after taking such a prominent place in the Romney campaigns foreign-policy shop, would be in line for an influential State posting where he could pursue his passion for that same agenda.
Theres no denying Grenells intensity about these matters. Jonathan Capehart, blogging at the Washington Post, reports that when he (Capehart, that is) was invited last month to dine at the White House, Grenell pestered him with tweets about whether he would upbraid the president over his failure (so far) to advocate the cause of same-sex marriage. In one of his tweets, Grenell said: im an activist looking to make sure you and i get equal protection from the liberal media. i out hypocrites. Later he said to Capehart, you didnt stand up to power but sipped wine instead.
Not content to tweet his discontent, Grenell attacked Capehart in the pages of the Washington Blade, the local gay paper. It was pretty tame stuff for the Blade, I imagine, but its a little disconcerting to see a man just hired by the Romney campaign write passionately about how gays are going to win support for their political issues. Are there really gay political issues, and does Richard Grenell believe they are the most important reason he is in politics as certainly appears to be the case for a man who calls himself an activist?
Capehart, for his part, wonders aloud whether it is Grenell who has been outed as a hypocrite, since the man who was so hot for marriage equality in March is now working for a candidate who is endorsed by the National Organization for Marriage, supportive of a federal marriage amendment, and devoted to upholding DOMA. Good question. It might have been useful for the Romney campaign to think about it too.
And they might have thought about something else as well. As the Chicago Tribune reported, Grenell has been scrubbing his Twitter account of tweets now considered too sharp-tongued to leave at large in the visible twitter-verse. A veteran observer of campaigns had this to say when the Tribune called:
Kathleen Hall Jamieson, an expert on political communications at the University of Pennsylvanias Annenberg School, said it was puzzling that Romneys campaign would hire as an official mouthpiece someone with a history of posting aggressive and personal comments on the Web.
She said it was not clear why the Romney campaign would take on an operative with the rhetorical tendencies evident in the now-suppressed postings.
Hiring a loose cannon and thinking you can lash him to the deck is an interesting personnel choice. And come to think of it, has the Romney campaign seen all the now-deleted tweets? Or did Grenell dispose of some of the hottest ones before his new colleagues thought to ask?
Matthew J. Franck is Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey
Hell! Those are Mitt's positions TODAY...hiring Grenell is telegraphing his positions once he has the nomination sewn up.
Mitt can't count on the conservative vote, so he will pander to any group that he believes will fall for his lies. I doubt very much gays will flock to him with their very own buddy on the ballot, but the arrogance and hubris of Mitt colors ALL his choices.
Romney supports the homosexual agenda, so why not have a homosexual adviser that supports the same things.
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