The socon excuse regarding Grenell's resignation strikes me as odd. Surely Team Romney vetted the choice before making the hire?— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) May 1, 2012
Romney spokesman Richard Grenell resigned today and, of course, the Left is in full spin. They are trying to claim he was forced out by the “anti-gay right wing.” Because, haters or something. This doesn’t quite pass the smell … or the tweet … test.
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.
It’s not clear from his statement which “personal issues” caused Grenell to resign. Some supporters of President Obama’s campaign have decided it was his sexual orientation.
And here they go.
But, there is the Tweet Scandal Du Jour; Grenell had been frantically scrubbing tweets because the Left was jumping on them as “sexist.” And many are upset at once again being accused of bigotry as a matter of course.
There will of course be frantic cries of “how awful, H8Rs” even from amongst Conservatives who are quick to make sure everyone knows they aren’t bigots or homophobes.
But, what purpose does that serve? The media will still assume that you are and encouraging this kind of misleading witch hunt gives credence to their spin.
It seems clear the Romney camp tried to convince Mr. Grenell not to resign. He chose to do so anyway. Just like he chose to tweet out snarky comments that the Left could use as ammunition. The Left had it in for him, not the Right.
Team Obama is loving this.