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May 01, 2012

Apparently You Can't Be Gay And Have a Job In A Conservative Organization: Richard Grennell Resigns, Under Pressure By Conservatives
Update: Is There Any Evidence of "Uproar"?

Wonderful.

It's one thing to hold the position that gays can't have marriages.

But how about jobs?

Pieces in two conservative publications, the National Review and Daily Caller, reflected the uproar by some social conservatives over the appointment.

In the National Review, Matthew J. Franck wrote late last week: “Suppose Barack Obama comes out — as Grenell wishes he would — in favor of same-sex marriage in his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. How fast and how publicly will Richard Grenell decamp from Romney to Obama?”

Of course Mitt Romney accepted the resignation and we have no evidence he protested.

On the plus side: He's amenable to pressure from the right.

On the negative side: Not exactly a profile in courage.

Buying Into The Narrative: Commenters point out, correctly, that we actually have no evidence of an "uproar" over Grenell.

We don't know why he chose to resign; not exactly. Romney wasn't using him, putting him out there, and perhaps that was over concerns about how he'd be received.

Apart from the two pieces Rubin links to, we don't know of any "social conservative uproar."

Honestly, I never heard of such an uproar. Can an uproar occur in quiet?


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