In case you missed it, the Romney campaign lost its national security spokesperson yesterday. Richard Grenell resigned because “the intense focus on his sexuality was making it impossible for him to do his job.” Yeah, he’s gay.
At first, it appeared that the Romney campaign might choose to stick with Grenell despite the controversy — for about a week. Via Politico:
Christian Whiton, who served in the Bush State Department as a political appointee and spoke with Grenell on Tuesday, told POLITICO: “Basically, Ric got Etch-A-Sketched.”
The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer is claiming credit for the scalp, boasting that the pressure from his organization and other conservatives forced the Romney camp to make a move.
“I think it’s probably going to be a long time before Gov. Romney hires another homosexual activist to a prominent position in his campaign,” Fischer said.
“And that’s good news if you’re in the pro-family community.”
Funnily enough, Bryan Fischer thought that John Bolton did a “great job” in his role in the Bush Administration, and Richard Grenell was Bolton’s spokesperson. When asked to explain that, Fischer replied that “personnel is policy.”
Here’s the thing. Richard Grenell was hired to be a national security and foreign policy spokesperson. He wasn’t hired to craft policy about gay issues, or family-related issues, or any social issues at all. Fischer and other conservatives find Grenell unacceptable because of his sexuality, even though his sexuality has nothing to do with national security.
This is yet another example of conservatives placing ideology over competence. This is what can be expected from a Mitt Romney presidency. The Romney campaign (and potential administration) cannot hire the best person for a job. They must hire a person who first is acceptable to the Bryan Fischers of the world, then, from that much smaller pool of candidates, they can then start looking at qualifications. This is not a recipe for success.
So who did the Mitt Romney campaign replace Richard Grenell with? This douchebag:
Does he look familiar? If you answered no, then my brain is very jealous of you and would probably prefer to live in your skull rather than mine. Since I hate my brain, I am well aware that this is Dan Senor, and that he became famous for being the Bush spokesperson for the Coalition Provisional Authority that did such a fine job in Iraq. You know, after Mission Accomplished and all.