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Former Romney Spokesman: Don't Vote Against Obama Because Of Gay Marriage

CuppaT Child of God 2012/05/23 18:05:03
Former Romney Spokesman: Don't Vote Against Obama Because Of Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post | By Posted: Updated: 05/23/2012 11:23 am






Mitt Romney's ousted foreign policy spokesman Richard Grenell has penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal making the case that same-sex marriage will not and should not be the determining issue for voters this fall.


Grenell is openly gay. And when he abruptly left the Romney campaign before really ever getting started, the prevailing theory was that he had been pushed out by social conservative pressure. He doesn't address his departure in the op-ed, instead arguing that there are plenty of reasons for pro-gay rights Republicans to back Romney.


Thousands of Republicans privately voiced support for my appointment and were disappointed by the events that led to my resignation earlier this month. Some did so while admitting they disagreed with my support for gay marriage. But they too are passionate about a strong America, personal responsibility and independent religious institutions--issues that should be at the forefront of this year's presidential election.

Like many voters, I rarely agree with a candidate's every position. 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.


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.



While Grenell concludes by stating that President Obama's support for gay marriage is not a reason to oppose his re-election, the broader framing of the piece is more complex. At times, he seems to be disputing the notion that Romney will be the one to end up worse off from this debate. That might be because his piece is catered to a much narrower audience: those who were critical of the Romney campaign over his departure.


But it also might reflect the evolving politics of the issue. An ABC News/Washington Post poll this week asked respondents if they approve or disapprove of Obama's support for same-sex marriage. Fifty-one percent said they approved; 41 percent said they disapproved.

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  • chaoskitty123 2012/05/23 19:37:18
    chaoskitty123
    Most gays, Conservative and Liberal, are saying Obama is wrong to address gay marriage now as it's clear he's exploiting the issue for votes when even the gay community says the economy must be the number one issue. On this site and others, you see gay people saying while they appreciate the focus on gay marriage...

    1) This should have been done before an election year where it's an obvious ploy to get votes.

    2) Obama has promised support on this issue in the past which he did not deliver on revealing it's just to get votes.

    3) It shouldn't be addressed now at all as it only serves to distract people from the greater problem s of the country.


    If the economy tanks, gays won't be able to afford marriage anymore than straights and most of the reasons people marry will no longer matter because everyone would be focused on basic survival at a time when most Americans are focused too much on self.

    In reading comments by "some" homosexuals, I have to say I respect them for seeing through this to speak out that this issue is just being used to get votes and that there are more pressing issues they share in common with all Americans where marriage has nothing to do with any of these shared problems.

    It is bringing the realization to many gays that the people they look too to re...

















    Most gays, Conservative and Liberal, are saying Obama is wrong to address gay marriage now as it's clear he's exploiting the issue for votes when even the gay community says the economy must be the number one issue. On this site and others, you see gay people saying while they appreciate the focus on gay marriage...

    1) This should have been done before an election year where it's an obvious ploy to get votes.

    2) Obama has promised support on this issue in the past which he did not deliver on revealing it's just to get votes.

    3) It shouldn't be addressed now at all as it only serves to distract people from the greater problem s of the country.


    If the economy tanks, gays won't be able to afford marriage anymore than straights and most of the reasons people marry will no longer matter because everyone would be focused on basic survival at a time when most Americans are focused too much on self.

    In reading comments by "some" homosexuals, I have to say I respect them for seeing through this to speak out that this issue is just being used to get votes and that there are more pressing issues they share in common with all Americans where marriage has nothing to do with any of these shared problems.

    It is bringing the realization to many gays that the people they look too to represent them on their social issues are exploiting them instead and this makes them review what else is important to them beyond just being gay or gay issues and that's led to more gays supporting the Conservatives and Republicans because, at least for the moment, the economy is in a mess and their views other than homosexuality are Conservative and even Republican.

    Most gays only support the Democrats because the political left only has a real voice in the Democratic Party... and they are the only ones who seem to represent gay issues.

    However, being gay does not equal being a Liberal or a Progressive anymore than being black or being a woman inherently make a person a Liberal or Progressive... yet Liberals and Progressives always talk about the social issues of these groups as if they own them which is beginning to backlash as these groups are beginning to see this and their eyes are being opened to other issues important to them which is leading them to the political right.

    In truth, most of America is rightwing or right leaning and they only turn to the left when the extreme right gains too much power as it's the extreme right which creates the problem where their social issues are concerned.

    When it was announced that up to 30% of Republicans support gay marriage, the left stopped talking about gay marriage. When you break down the vote in states like North Carolina, either the Democrats represent almost no vote there or Democrats were also voting against gay marriage in great numbers.

    The left likes to distort facts like pointing out that 51% of Americans support gay marriage... that's representing only a few states like New York and California where the enormous populations flip the margin in favor of gay marriage.

    But when you examine it state by state, you discover it's nowhere near that percentage as we saw with North Carolina. Obama needs North Carolina but possibly lost it over this issue and may have lost Virginia as well.

    True, Romney may be best suited to let Obama shoot himself in the foot over this matter... but also true Obama isn't expected to win any states he didn't win in 2008 so losing any states because of this matter could cost him his re election bid by losing states he won in 2008 of which North Carolina and Virginia were key to his victory... he can't afford to lose them and it's clear this issue will likely cost him these two states.

    Most are not looking at the big picture as they focus on what the media presents to us... and the media isn't focusing on the state by state issues as it's here Obama could lose big over an issue like this. California and New York aren't likely to vote Republicans anyhow so Romney won't actually damage himself as much as Grenell says.

    But then, I support Ron Paul and would like to see Romney stumble and fall. Romney is being supported just because Republicans think he can beat Obama... that's it, the only reason and just like in 2008 with John McCain... they are supporting Romney for all the wrong reasons and that will get them defeated unless Romney wins and takes Ron Paul as his VP. Other than that, I think Republicans are better off focusing on Congress and the Senate because Obama's voting record is majority rightwing while Romneys is majority leftwing.
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  • gr8punkin 2012/05/23 18:37:05
    gr8punkin
    +1
    very well said.
  • Schläue~© 2012/05/23 18:36:58
    Schläue~©
    Gay marriage is NOT anywhere near the top of the list of what's on American's minds.

    It is merely another distraction from the left because 0bozo has been a dismal failure, who ran out of ideas a long time ago and is now, running out of excuses.
  • Morning... Schläue~© 2012/05/23 18:43:11 (edited)
    Morningstar
    +1
    Obama has to think about all that affects citizens - it is in his job description unlike Romney who only thought about making money!
  • Schläue~© Morning... 2012/05/23 18:49:31
  • Charge Morning... 2012/05/23 19:14:58
    Charge
    Yes, making money for all investors; like Union Pensions, Teachers Pensions, Institutions like Colleges and Hospitals.... You don't know any more than what the left wing propaganda sites feed You... wake up!
  • Charge 2012/05/23 18:25:03
    Charge
    +1
    First, he was NOT OUSTED, he resigned because he felt he would become a distraction.
    Second, He still supports ROMNEY for president.
    Grenell said today, "Today, I wrote an op-ed for Wall Street Journal speaking to the fact that while I support the president’s stance on gay marriage, I believe Obama doesn’t desrerve to be reelected … Romney does."

    speaking support presidents stance gay marriage obama desrerve reelected romney
  • Schläue~© Charge 2012/05/23 18:34:06
    Schläue~©
    +1
    Actually, he never even spent one day on the job.
    He had been 'hired' but hadn't performed any official duties for the campaign.
  • Charge Schläue~© 2012/05/23 18:40:42
    Charge
    +1
    I know but the Liberals will try to make it look like he was indispensable.
  • Schläue~© Charge 2012/05/23 18:51:37
    Schläue~©
    +1
    Yeah.... these twits are grasping at straws and don't have anything substantial to cite against Romney.
  • Charge Schläue~© 2012/05/23 19:10:07
    Charge
    +1
    yep, they have a problem.
  • Morning... Schläue~© 2012/05/23 18:45:11
    Morningstar
    +1
    who never spent one day on the job?
  • Charge Morning... 2012/05/23 19:10:31
    Charge
    Obama never even had a job.... lolz
  • Schläue~© Morning... 2012/05/23 19:14:31
    Schläue~©
    That is correct. Grenell never spent one day working for the Romney campaign.
  • Morning... Charge 2012/05/23 18:44:04
    Morningstar
    +1
    Romney has no redeeming qualities - why would anyone vote for him?
  • Charge Morning... 2012/05/23 19:12:09
    Charge
    Redeeming for what... Obama is the destroyer here not Romney; it's Obama that's scratching for something to say.... You Liberals are hilarious.

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