This week's edition of The DMZ is up at Bloggingheads.tv. Matt Lewis and I scratch our heads at the departure of Richard Grenell from the Romney campaign, and how Obama is playing offense on national security. Watch it below....
Want to know if you've drifted into the divisive political extreme? If you celebrated the resignation of Richard Grenell from the Romney campaign this week, you fit the bill. You're part of the problem of division in this country.
It has always been clear that Romney is neither a friend nor an ally to the LGBTQ community. But it is also evident that Romney is neither a friend nor ally to those LGBTQ Republicans who would work on his behalf to get him elected.
Spokespeople are supposed to help candidates out of tight spots. In quitting Mitt Romney’s campaign before he even started working, foreign policy flack Richard Grenell managed to stick his candidate into one. Read full article >>
It is awfully tempting for pundits to use people and personal conflicts as stick figures in a polemic play reaffirming one’s preexisting impressions and biases. That’s certainly been the case in the Richard Grenell case. Read full article >>
My head-scratching over Mitt Romney’s handling of Richard Grenell came to an end with this realization. Romney is the presumptive Republican nominee for president who is still fighting to secure the nomination. What should have beenShow More Summary
Mitt Romney may have muzzled his now ex-spokesman Richard Grenell and let the homophobic right bully him out of his campaign post because he was gay, but Romney and his remaining, apparently non-gay, advisers wants us to know they had no problem with Grenell's sexuality and wanted him to stay. Show More Summary
Matt Duss and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross talk about the Richard Grenell finding:
Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer. Team Romney is still fairly new to the general campaigning mode. Missteps are inevitable. The Richard Grenell story shows that. First, they seemed to think putting an “openly gay” man in a high profile position (foreign policy), a man well known for his support of [...]
Eric Fehrnstrom, senior adviser to Mitt Romney, appeared on The Daily Rundown on Friday to discuss everything from President Obama's new campaign slogan to openly gay spokesman Richard Grenell's resignation.
Mitt Romney said he wanted openly gay spokesman Richard Grenell to remain on his campaign team, as he stressed his team does not discriminate...
Mitt Romney addressed for the first time Friday the resignation of an openly gay campaign staffer, saying foreign policy spokesman Richard Grenell was “capable” and “very accomplished” and that he wanted Grenell to stay in his job. Read full article >>
On FOX News this morning, Mitt Romney was asked about the resignation of openly gay spokesman Richard Grenell, Think Progress LGBT reports. Said Romney: "We select people not based upon their ethnicity or their sexual preference or their gender. But...
Mitt Romney spoke out about the resignation of Richard Grenell during an appearance on Fox News Friday morning, but failed to condemn the homophobia that helped convince the openly-gay foreign policy expert to leave the campaign less than two weeks after he first joined it. “We wanted him to stay with our team, he is [...]
Richard Grenell had the right resume to be Mitt Romney’s spokesman on foreign policy -- a stint as communications director for four of the George W. Bush administration’s U.N. ambassadors, a degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, his own international PR firm and frequent stints on TV as an expert on international issues. Too bad for him he has a boyfriend.
Richard Grenell, Mitt Romney's newly christened foreign policy spokesman, stepped down from the campaign on Tuesday. Grenell, who is gay, had come under fire from social conservative activists who viewed his hiring as a slap in the face. Show More Summary
Richard Grenell's resignation presents a high hurdle to Mitt Romney's shift to the center. Read more...
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When there’s a situation as fluid as what’s going down in Beijing between the Obama administration and the Chinese government over blind attorney Chen Guangcheng, it’s best for those not directly involved to sit back and watch. This is especially so of those running to unseat the sitting president. But Mitt Romney just couldn’t hold his tongue. Read full article >>
In an MSNBC interview this morning, Chuck Todd asked Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) about the apparently successful efforts by anti-gay extremists to force openly gay foreign policy spokesperson Richard Grenell out of the Romney presidential campaign. Jindal said he had no problem having openly gay staffers and claimed that qualifications should be the only consideration [...]