It's not hard to reason this one but you migh...
It's the Republican candidate's first major public blunder since effectively clinching the nomination just a few weeks ago. We knew it was coming--it always does with the right-wingers. We just didn't think we'd have so much fodder for this particular title this fast!
In many ways, the incident in question--and we promise we're getting there--was the climax of an already messy dispute over the hiring of a certain Richard Grenell. As a political strategist, foreign policy expert, and spokesman for Romney's campaign, his sexual orientation (not straight) and open support of same-sex marriages has obviously caused a furore with the extreme right-wing Christian conservatives. Having only been hired three weeks ago though, his resignation on Tuesday showed that even his pristine Republican credentials could not survive the drama, and fickleness, of an election season.
A conference call with many news outlets from around the globe in an effort to undermine Obama's National security record was going to be the biggest moment for Romney's foreign policy team yet. Grenell, who was responsible for organizing the entire thing was suspiciously absent from it. And despite everyone assuming that it was his own call, there was more than a little arm twisting at play here.
It seems that he actually was sitting in on the call, only silent and fuming, since he'd been specifically instructed to "be quiet." A policy aide, Alex Wong, is said to have called him with the following message, "Ric, the campaign has requested that you not speak on this call, it's best to lay low for now."
While the ever flip-flopping Romney might have thought he was making an intelligent political move, he just ended up sending another message altogether. One of a complete lack of support for his most valuable employees, and a clear further distancing from the homosexual community. It may seem like we have something against his conservative political beliefs, but in reality, it's his cowardice that we find disappointing.
Grenell himself has maintained his dignity by remaining tight-lipped about the entire affair even after his resignation. He cited "personal reasons" as the cause, but sources close to the campaign are adamant that he's extremely "let-down" by Romney and his campaign's inability to defend him better, after all the work he's done for them!
So, for being extremely dishonorable, sending out a terrible message to people regarding homosexuality in this day and age, and generally making such an avoidable blunder within just a few weeks of his nomination, Mitt Romney and his campaign are our 'Idiots of the Week.'
-Pictures courtesy turtlebay.foreignpolicy.com and esquire.com-
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