Another Cautionary Tale

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Memo to gay Republicans: I HOPE YOU'RE NOT SURPRISED.

You know why Republicans have problems getting women, black people, Latinos, atheists, and gay people to vote for them? If you ask a Republican, they'll tell you that the Democrats have somehow hornswoggled all these special interest groups into thinking the Democrats are on their side. Ask anyone else, and you'll realize the Democrats pulled off that trick by somehow convincing Republicans to be openly hostile to all of those groups for four to five decades or thereabouts.

But gay Republicans have always been the most inexplicable to me. I mean, there are a lot of racist Republicans, but you'll rarely get a Republican politician saying, openly and plainly, that there's something wrong with black people and therefore they deserve less than others. Except for Newt Gingrich, they all keep it coded. But if you're gay and Republican, you have to somehow square your alleged belief in limited government with the fact that every single day, your party is actively working to make you go the fuck away.

And Rich Grenell is just the latest example. Now, Rich Grenell is a horrible person. A fuckwit. A disciple of John Bolton, which I didn't think was a sentence that could actually be uttered in non-ironic fashion. When Mitt Romney hired him as a foreign policy spokesman, he had to go back and scrub hundreds and hundreds of inflammatory posts and tweets from various social network sites because they contained a, well, pretty average level of online wingnut douchebaggery, including accusing Barack Obama of treason. A purging that, in retrospect, seems like a waste of time and effort.

Because Rich Grenell happens to be gay. I guess Grenell figured that, if he just stuck to foreign policy, and went after Obama on the basic level of neo-con red meat he learned at the feet of the Rabid Walrus, he'd be accepted by the relatively sane, pseudo-intellectual wonk wing of the GOP. Guess how that worked out? Here's what he said in his statement announcing his resignation.

"While I welcomed the challenge to confront President Obama’s foreign policy failures and weak leadership on the world stage, my ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from a presidential campaign. I want to thank 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."

That's one blatant obfuscation and one statement that's a solid 75% untrue. Grenell carefully avoids mentioning exactly which hyper-partisans engaged in the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues that made it impossible for him to spout neo-con bullshit on cable news. Here's a hint. The hyper-partisans are led by the worst person on the entire planet, a man who Mitt Romney is clearly unwilling to stand up to in the slightest. ACTUAL QUOTE TIME!

"In fact, the homosexual agenda represents the single greatest threat to religious liberty and association in America today. My complaint about Governor Romney all the way along is not that he’s Mormon, but he’s not Mormon enough. The Mormon Church believes homosexual behavior is sinful and that homosexual acts are offensive to God. So the question that needs to be asked of Governor Romney, do you agree with the teaching of your Church? If you do — that homosexual acts are offensive to God — then why have you made the face of your campaign someone who engages in conduct that your own Church says is offensive to God?” - Bryan Fischer, wasting precious oxygen on his daily show.

The Romney campaign has said the decision to quit was Grenell's, and that they didn't want him to go, but by all accounts, not only did they not say shit publicly telling Bryan Fischer to go fuck himself, they kept Grenell, if you'll pardon the expression, on the down low. He wasn't out there, again, if you'll pardon the expression, like all the other spokesmen. He was denied his basic human right to lie about Barack Obama on cable news because of his sexual orientation.

If you think, by the way, that this would be the case that led gay Republicans to realize that maybe, just maybe, there will never be a place for them in the allegedly modern GOP, well, you've never paid any attention to the Log Cabin Republicans.

"Ric was essentially hounded by the far right and far left. The Romney campaign has lost a well-known advocate of conservative ideas and a talented spokesman, and I am certain he will remain an active voice for a confident U.S. foreign policy.” - the official statement of the Log Cabin Republicans.

That's true, for a very loose definition of the word "essentially". To the extent that the far left "hounded" him, they "hounded" him for a bunch of inflammatory bullshit neocon rhetoric. The far right hounded him BECAUSE HE WAS GAY. Rich Grenell didn't resign because he had to delete nearly a thousand tweets and posts, he resigned BECAUSE HE WAS GAY. So, if the Romney campaign lost a talented sokesman, guess what, dickheads? The far left had nothing to do with it. The people you're fighting to keep in power had everything to do with it.

Good thing your capacity for self-delusion is tied so closely to the tax cuts you get, eh?