Yesterday’s news brought us two more examples of how a Romney administration might look.
Ric Grenell, Romney’s spokesperson-to-be on foreign policy issues resigned because of a constant barrage of criticism and vitriol from Romney’s new friends on the “Christian” right. What is his offense? He is openly gay (or as the right might say “an avowed homosexual”) who supports equal marriage rights. Bryan Fischer, a “family values” activist who once blamed gays for the Holocaust, described the reason for the right’s outrage: “Given the propensity for members of the homosexual community to engage in frequent and anonymous sexual encounters, the risk to national security of having a homosexual in a high-ranking position with access to secret information is obvious.” (From Evan McMorris-Santoro at Talking Points Memo.) Other than the rote statement from a campaign figure, I have not seen any statement from Romney himself defending the staffer.
The other example is from Romney’s criticism of the Obama campaign ad quoting Romney saying he would not have invested the time or money in searching for Osama bin Laden. Romney criticized Obama for his “inappropriate” politicizing of the successful action. Where did he make his comments about inappropriate politicizing? At a firehouse in New York City where he and Rudy Giuliani delivered pizza. I am not making this up. If the right-wingers upset about a same-sex marriage proponent being a part of Romney campaign now criticize Romney for associating with a person whose own marital history is — shall we say — interesting, we wonder if Romney will throw Guiliani under the next bus. Of course that is unlikely to happen since to the “family values conservatives” it is only gays and lesbians who threaten traditional marriage and not the likes of Giuliani or Newt Gingrich.