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Even though Obama flipped on gay marriage, Richard Grenell remains faithful to Mitt Romney’s White House bid

When I first posted on Richard Grenell’s stepping down from the Romney campaign, I wrote that it was

. . . absurd to think that, as one social conservative quoted in Rubin’s piece suggests, that Grenell might “decamp from Romney to Obama” should that latter come out in favor of federal recognition of same-sex marriage. Does he really think gay people are so shallow that we’d back a candidate just because he has a better record on gay issues even when we disagree with him on nearly every other issue?

That social conservative, a Mr. Matthew J. Franck, reports Jennifer Rubin, had written:

Suppose Barack Obama comes out — as Grenell wishes he would — in favor of same-sex marriage in his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. How fast and how publicly will Richard Grenell decamp from Romney to Obama?

Well, Mr. Obama didn’t wait until the Democratic National Convention. And in his appeal earlier this month for gay campaign cash, the Democrat did just what Mr. Franck imagined he might do.

And Mr. Grenell? Well, the headline for CNN’s report on his editorial yesterday in the Wall Street Journal says it all, Former Romney spox Grenell: Don’t vote on gay marriage:

He said that Romney’s position on same-sex marriage – which Grenell disagrees with – was not enough to write him off as a candidate.

“Like many voters, I rarely agree with a candidate’s every position,” Grenell wrote. “I can support Mr. Romney for president but not agree with all of his stated policies. I can be proud of President Obama’s personal support for gay marriage and still take exception to his dismal national-security and economic records.”

He continued, “Millions of American voters will also evaluate both candidates’ policies in total and come to the same conclusion: Mr. Obama doesn’t deserve to be re-elected and Mr. Romney does.”

Well, we’ll have to agree to disagree about expressing pride in the president’s patently political statement (more on that anon).  I do wonder though if Mr. Franck intends to apologize to Mr. Grenell for assuming him to be a single-issue voter.

Just because a gay conservative champions gay marriage doesn’t mean he’ll warm to a partisan adversary (with whom he disagrees on nearly every other issue) the moment said adversary changes his mind about gay marriage.



  1. And now, weeks later, he goes on FOX AND writes an article in the WSJ. Its not an accident that he chose to “speak out” on all fronts. He seems so obsessed with himself and gay marriage this, gay marriage that. Move on already.

    The issue was would this activism for radically redfining a cultural institution
    Eclipse everything else? Apparently so.

    Comment by Kyle — May 24, 2012 @ 3:25 am - May 24, 2012

  2. What is the point of this post? Whomever on earth really thought Grenell would decamp Romney for Obama based on a few favorable words about marriage equality isn’t very intelligent? I’m sorry, but I fail to see the relevancy here.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — May 24, 2012 @ 5:51 am - May 24, 2012

  3. Anyone who votes based on a single issue is shallow indeed. Glad to see that Romney tries to hire based on majority of beliefs rather than lock step authoritarian style homogeneous beliefs. Kudos to both Grenell and Romney. We do not need to agree on everything to agree that spending must be brought under control for everyone’s sake!

    Comment by TexasMom2012 — May 24, 2012 @ 7:21 am - May 24, 2012

  4. Given how the pink wallets opened up again for Obama’s words, I think quite a few people “decamp[ed] Romney for Obama based on a few favorable words about marriage equality”. I guess that makes GRenell an exception.

    Comment by The_Livewire — May 24, 2012 @ 7:59 am - May 24, 2012

  5. You mean there are important issues other than granting a certain right, to a small number of people who fail to use that right in places where that right has already been granted? Who knew?

    Comment by TnnsNE1 — May 24, 2012 @ 8:23 am - May 24, 2012

  6. The Left…especially within the Gay community…like to promote the trope that gay Republicans are self-loathing outliers and only a small, token 1- or 2- percent of the community. When the reality is that at a National level about 18-25 percent tend to vote “Republican”, even if they don’t actively identify-as or support of the GOP; thus validating Reagan’s 80-Percent Rule in Politics.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — May 24, 2012 @ 10:54 am - May 24, 2012

  7. This election isn’t about gay marriage, but I guess the left has nothing to run on so they are taking the social issues and running with it; however, they are doing it contrary to traditional values, which was just about how every election was run before 2012. I don’t see how Obama can win.

    Americans care about Gods, Gays, and Guns. Its seems like the Democrats are against the pulse of America.

    Comment by anon23532 — May 24, 2012 @ 11:54 am - May 24, 2012

  8. Cinesnatch, the point to this post can be found in its penultimate paragraph.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — May 24, 2012 @ 1:30 pm - May 24, 2012

  9. Dan, You’ve made this point before and it makes no sense to bring it up in the context of Grenell. I defer to my previous comments. Your imagination is getting the best of you here.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — May 24, 2012 @ 1:58 pm - May 24, 2012

  10. We know you’re for marriage equality and that just because you are doesn’t mean you have to be on the left.

    Just as most gays who come across to you as a “one-issue” member of the Democrat party are actually also part of it, because they agree with a few more things than just marriage equality.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — May 24, 2012 @ 2:52 pm - May 24, 2012

  11. I think this issue ironically would benefit the Republicans because the more they focus on the economy the less offended some gays might feel and might be more willing to support them.

    Comment by MV — May 24, 2012 @ 6:14 pm - May 24, 2012

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