Confirmed: Romney Beholden to Anti-Gay Fanatics

The resignation of Mitt Romney’s gay foreign policy adviser Richard Grenell after he was denounced by anti-gay hate groups shows that Romney would not be a moderate on social issues if elected.

That’s the conclusion from new information on how anti-gay bigots got the Romney campaign to muzzle Grenell, unearthed by the gay conservative blogger Andrew Sullivan.

Following the appointment, which the Romney people gloated about, Grenell was attacked first by Bryan Fisher of Southern Poverty Law Centre designated hate group the American Family Association — “Romney picks out & loud gay as a spokesman. If personnel is policy, his message to the pro-family community: drop dead” — then the right-wing blogosphere weighed in with National Review’s Matthew J. Franck saying Grenell being gay meant he was a potential fifth columnist for Barack Obama.

Campaign and journalist sources tell Sullivan that in response, the terrified Romney campaign thought their best option was not to let Grenell do his job but to muzzle him.

He’d been part of organizing a conference call to respond to Vice President Biden’s foreign policy speech, now known best for the “big stick” remark. Journalists were puzzled on the call why the chief advisor wasn’t there. He was, but he’d been told to shut up.

This wasn’t the first time Grenell had been ordered to be mute.

Says Sullivan, if a fire-breathing neo-conservative like Grenell, who was prepared to stay silent on his support for gay marriage, cannot be tolerated then this shows Romney’s “fundamental weakness” against the far-right social conservatives. He writes that:  “Grenell was prepared to stay silent on gay issues entirely and do his job. But that wasn’t enough. Romney’s anti-gay agenda is therefore deeper and more extreme than Bush’s.”

Sullivan points out that, yes, the campaign tried to get Grenell to stay and, yes, privately, other Republicans tell him they’re dismayed at events. But none of them are prepared to publicly speak out against people like Bryan Fisher. He writes:

The gay-inclusive elements in the [Republican] elites simply do not have the balls to tackle the religious right. And this is particularly true of Romney, as this case now proves. The Christianists gave Bush a pass on social issues because of his born-again Christianity. They trust Mormon Romney not an inch. And this week demonstrates without any doubt that Romney will therefore not be able to deviate from their wishes an iota. He has no room to maneuver. The notion that he could be a moderate on social issues in office is, alas, a pipe dream.

Or as a commentator on The American Conservative put it:

Romney missed his Sister Souljah Moment. If he really wanted Grenell on his team, he should have gone public and said that Grenell was the person he had chosen for the job and he wasn’t going to be intimidated by individuals with outdated bigoted views.

Romney’s numbers would have gone up by ten points. As it is, he looks like a milquetoast.

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Picture of Richard Grenell, Fox News screen grab


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Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia4 years ago

why would anyone whos gay want to work with mitt? if mitt offered me a job i'd laugh in his face

Gene Bivins
Gene Bivins4 years ago

What about you, David K.? You answered only the grammatical point in my post but not the one about thinking that someone is "embarassing" himself or is "brainwashed" simply because he posts something with which you disagree. (Spelling isn't vital, but it does say something about you.)

sheila l.4 years ago

He is not beholden, Mitt Romney is his own man; that guy had a multitude of problems.
There are a lot of gays who served in the Republican Party for years and did so with Mitt as governor of MA.

Gene Bivins
Gene Bivins4 years ago

David K., nothing makes "since" to anyone. Some things make SENSE to some people. But sensical or not, thinking that someone is "embarassing" himself or is "brainwashed" simply because he posts something with which you disagree is at the very best egotistical, and probably much worse than that. It's pretty impressive how sure you are that you are right. Maybe try to have a more open mind and you'll find discussion is more respectful on all sides.

Dan B.
Dan Brook4 years ago

Gay rights are human rights!

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-health, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-birth control, anti-education, anti-99%, union busting, Medicare mashing and Social Security slashing, fiscally irresponsible, misleading, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, dishonest, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.

mark johnson
US A.4 years ago

David K.
False rationalization is not logical reasoning, it is desperation trying to justify the bigoted behaviour of Bill Maher. Can't be done. You are using your old fall back of the "no friends" line. Running out of original ideas? Hmm, the "missing link" talking about chromosomes, sorry no extra ones here. I can't be brainwashed like you. Politicians care about one thing, bribing you to get your vote -- so they can get elected, get all the perks of the job and build up THEIR bank accounts. I have not been bribed or brainwashed like you. What part of 15.6 TRILLION in debt do you not understand? "Freebies" are never free but you just keep drinking the Kool-aid. Plans to cut the budget *maybe* ten years from now while continuing to push more spending, spending and bribes in the form of "freebies", what a joke, but unfortunately you don't get it.

mark johnson
US A.4 years ago

James K.
Try to follow through using the empty space between your ears. You are a yellow dog democrat (my mistake in saying blue). I never defended Rush so as usual you have made stuff up out of thin air. Go back to reading comprehension class and find out where you failed. Follow through again now - you don't say "weather be finger painting" it should be "rather be finger painting". That activity is reserved for brain lightweights like you. Rush L. is not the de-facto leader of the Republican party, he does not set any agenda - but Libs love to say that. As an independent, I don't listen to Rush and find him to be irrelevant. I am only concerned with the candidate and their performance results, not their promises. You however, being a yellow dog democrat, just act like a sheep and follow along with the flock oblivious to the disaster this country has become from overspending. You obviously have overdosed on the Kool-aid. Just another Dem who has been bought and paid for by Dems who hand out "freebies" to buy your vote. How transparent you are. Maher can not ever justify his vile, filthy mouth by cloaking it as a "comedian". That is a total COP OUT- sorry not buying the garbage you are selling. Only sheep like you would believe that.

sheila l.4 years ago

Romney is a better man than many here state.
We are not getting the accurate picture of the economy from the MSM who will go to any lengths to support Obama.

Where is the news? You have to find it yourself e.g. the truth.

Jan W.
Jan W.4 years ago

Who is surprised? Raise your hand!

Not only can Romney not take a stand and stand there for very long, he even does something everyone with a brain should have known would rally the religious zealots to vilify him. Without the hate filled religious right, Romney has no chance of winning.

If he is that unable to foresee easily foreseeable reactions, how is he going to lead a country?

"I'll do this.... oh wait... I WON'T do, I will do this... What?... Okay, I won't do that. But I will fire all your asses."