The radical religious right is so anxious to undermine Mitt Romney they’re willing to hand the election to President Obama — not that, given current polls, there’s much chance America will ever see a President Romney. Fresh off two weeks of attacking Romney for his choice of “homosexual activist” Richard Grenell, who subsequently was forced to resign under pressure from conservatives merely because he is openly-gay, now the radical religious right is continuing the push against the former Massachusetts Governor.
Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch notes that despite claims from the Romney camp that they tried to retain Grenell, “the Romney campaign has tried to spin the issue by saying that his resignation had nothing to do with him being gay.” Tashman, who also has audio, adds, “the campaign told him to keep quiet on a major foreign policy call with reporters and never defended him from the attacks.”
After Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association called Grenell’s resignation a “huge win” for the Religious Right, he later wrote that since Romney is partial to “political convenience” over “political conviction,” conservatives must keep up the pressure on him “since the governor has demonstrated in the Grenell affair that he is maneuverable”:
So Romney went the full Etch-A-Sketch on us twice. He campaigned in the primary as a champion of natural marriage. Then as soon as he locked up the nomination, he shook the tablet clean and hired a same-sex marriage zealot as his spokesman. Then when the windsock shifted directions again, he shook the tablet once more and all traces of Richard Grenell disappeared. If the governor is not careful, he’s going to sprain his wrist one of these days shaking that thing.
Gov. Romney is a politician rather than a statesman. While he will not do the right thing out of political conviction, he will do the right thing out of political convenience. This represents both a great challenge and a great opportunity for the pro-family community, since the governor has demonstrated in the Grenell affair that he is maneuverable.
The Grenell resignation represents a huge win for the forces defending the family in America, since it will be a long time before the governor appoints another homosexual activist to a prominent position in his campaign.
Since Gov. Romney will do the right thing when it is politically expedient, it’s our job to make it politically expedient for him to do the right thing on as many issues as possible. Let’s get cracking.
Yesterday, conservative talk show host Janet Mefferd also welcomed the news of Grenell’s resignation, saying that Republicans shouldn’t hire God-hating gays because they intend to trample over the rights and freedoms of Christians.
Like Fischer, Mefferd also went after Romney, saying that since “he evolves all the time, he flips all the time, he comes to new understandings all the time” and “doesn’t seem to have much of a core,” he may be willing to side with either “gay activists” or opponents of gay rights depending on who carries the most political weight.
Mefferd said, “I don’t what to be misunderstood on this, but if you continue to push the Republican Party to the left on the gay rights issue, we’re all dead—I mean, not dead literally—but Christians will pay the price for this.
If you think these radical religious right groups aren’t consequential, guess again. The Pew Forum, of the Pew Research Center – one of the most reputable polling firms — says that one in four, or 26.3% of Americans are Christian Evangelicals.
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