When it was learned that Mitt Romney had hired an “out, loud and proud homosexual” activist to be his foreign policy spokesperson, social conservatives let it be known that this was not acceptable. Today, Grenell resigned his position.
In a statement, Mr. Grenell said that “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 hyperpartisan 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 nonissue for him and his team.”
Isn’t it funny how he says this is a “personal” issue that he resents being discussed openly considering that the whole problem social conservatives have with him is that he is a “gay rights” activist? He may be good at foreign policy, but how good is he with understanding the English language and how to make logical arguments?
Team Romney apparently wanted to handle this by keeping him out of the spotlight while keeping him on staff as a token “gay.”
[...][S]ome Republican advisers said Mr. Grenell had been sidelined by the campaign during a busy foreign policy week.
The Romney campaign issued a statement saying that it had sought to keep Mr. Grenell from quitting. And according to some Republicans, while Mr. Grenell’s sexual orientation was not an issue for the campaign, the Romney team had cut Mr. Grenell out of the loop on some issues after feeling a surprising pressure from some social conservatives.
Etch-A-Sketch behavior? I think so.
Grenell’s resignation is a win for social conservatives and a loss for Mitt Romney. No one on either side of the aisle thinks it’s honorable to have a “token gay” on staff. Further, considering that Grenell says Romney had no problem with his “openly” (his word) sharing about this “personal” (his word) issue, social conservatives like myself are right not to place any level of trust in Romney’s candidacy.