Thursday, May 3, 2012
Woe Is Willard (Resigned Gay Guy Edition)
We cats love the way the Romneybots are furiously protesting that they thought the Richard Grenell flap had "blown over."
Actually, what's worse? The fact that they muzzled their gay national-security spokesperson on a conference call with the press — or that a campaign aide told Grenell he had to "lay" low for awhile? (It's "lie" low, of course.)
That particular grammatical error really grates on us cats. Other than that, we're highly amused by the rest of the story.
Willard loses all the way around here. We've checked the teabaggers over at Free Republic, and although they already hated Romney like poison, they hate him even worse for hiring an out-of-the-closet adviser in the first place. (Typical of the 467 comments posted there: "Tell me again GOP, how this guy is a winner? Fag-loving, Obamacare pioneer who supported fag marriage in mASSachusettes and is a member of something just above a religious cult?")
On the other side of the fence, the nation's brave little band of openly gay Republicans is crestfallen and, no doubt, feels like the second-class citizens the GOP thinks they are.
The rest of us just look at this debacle and see a weak phony lamebrain who can't stand up to the nut cases who call his party's tune. Blown over? Seriously? Why did Willard and his minions think that after their initial burst of protest, the homophobes and the Christian right would just go away? They would never have gone away, and they still won't — from now to November and probably beyond.
This latest misstep by Team Romney demonstrates a continuing, fundamental misunderstanding of their intractable base. It's another reason that Willard is not in control of his own nomination, and why we'd rather be us than him.
(PHOTO: Jae C. Hong, Associated Press)
UPDATE: We cats are reminded that had this silly controversy erupted around Bush-Cheney 2004, the Worst Person Who's Ever Lived — as well as the Worst Person Who's Ever Lived (If Indeed He Were a Person), who has a gay daughter — would have defended Grenell to the hilt. What an indictment of Willard and his hapless Romneybots.