In the wake of Richard Grenell’s departure, a number of conservative bloggers have faulted the Romney campaign for not defending Grenell when he was under attack from social conservatives, with Paul Mirengoff of Powerline, for example, writing that “the campaign should have stood strongly behind him.”
McKay Coppins of BuzzFeed echoed that theory and expanded upon it, writing that “as the Romney camp furiously spins his departure, it seems clear that, politically, silence in response to anti-gay rhetoric may no longer be an option for either party.”
But, did they need do as much? Perhaps, campaign officials thought that by not rescinding the appointment, they indicated they were unfazed by the handful of social conservatives’ objections. Grenell acknowledged as much thanking “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.” Indeed, all reports indicate that numerous campaign officials and top Republicans contacted Grenell, urging him to stay on with the campaign.
Actions do speak louder than words.
Romney aides perhaps should have made public what they had said in private to Grenell, but, were under no obligation to condemn the anti-gay statements of those opposed to the appointment. Simply put, if you don’t follow someone’s advice, that person doesn’t speak for you.
That didn’t stop the folks from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a group which has long since endorsed Barack Obama, for attempting to hold Romney to account for the anti-gay statements of those opposed to the pick, with its President Joe Solmonese taking Obama’s opponent to task:
Not once did the Romney campaign condemn these attacks and support Grennell.
Mitt Romney capitulating to the demands of extremist anti-gay groups is nothing new.
Um, Joe, perhaps you should have checked the facts before issuing your statement. In this case, Romney didn’t capitulate to the demands of extremist anti-gay groups. Indeed, he defied them, dispatching aides and top Republicans to persuade Grenell to stay on board.
Oh, and, while I was at HRC’s site, I decided to check and see what they had to say about Dan Savage’s mean-spirited rhetoric and could find nothing. Seems silence in response to anti-Christian rhetoric is an option for HRC — and the Democratic Party.
(Now, to be fair, Savage has savaged HRC, just as those social conservatives attacked Romney. Since they’re citing the Romney campaign’s failure to condemn these attacks, we’re citing HRC’s failure to condemn Mr. Savage’s.)