Richard Grenell, the openly gay national security and foreign policy spokesman for the Romney campaign, resigned his position today. According to The Post’s Jennifer Rubin, “The ongoing pressure from social conservatives over his appointment and the reluctance of the Romney campaign to send Grenell out as a spokesman while controversy swirled left Grenell essentially with no job.”
Rubin highlighted a piece by Matthew J. Franck in the National Review as exemplifying the uproar on the right. “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,” Franck wrote. “How fast and how publicly will Richard Grenell decamp from Romney to Obama?”
Grenell jumping to the Obama camp is about as likely my joining the Washington Capitals hockey team. But I did raise a series of questions for Grenell after he took the Romney job that should have given conservatives pause — questions that were relevant since he battled with me via Twitter over his rage at President Obama and same-sex marriage. Did he get assurances from Romney that he would support marriage equality? Would Romney do so publicly? We’ll never know.
Grennell chose power over principle when he took the Romney gig. Now he has neither.