Romney spokesman Grenell resigns, Left spins as ‘anti-gay’ but were tweets the real reason?

http://twitter.com/#!/bdomenech/status/197417879321313281

Romney spokesman Richard Grenell resigned today and, of course, the Left is in full spin. They are trying to claim he was forced out by the “anti-gay right wing.” Because, haters or something. This doesn’t quite pass the smell … or the tweet … test.

One assumes that Team Romney at least read Grenell's Twitter feed before hiring him. What did they expect?

— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) May 1, 2012

Grenell’s statement:

I have decided to resign from the Romney campaign as the Foreign Policy and National Security Spokesman. 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.

The Washington Post also reports the following:

It’s not clear from his statement which “personal issues” caused Grenell to resign. Some supporters of President Obama’s campaign have decided it was his sexual orientation.

And here they go.

This is the kind of bigoted, anti-gay extremists a Romney administration would find itself held hostage to — http://t.co/15JfQ4WD

— Bill Burton (@billburton) May 1, 2012

Today we learned that in the year 2012, a Republican nominee for President can't have a gay person as spokesman

— Teddy Goff (@teddygoff) May 1, 2012

Profiles in Cowardice: Romney wimps out, lets anti-gay activists drive gay spokesman from his campaign. http://t.co/y8T0hDDq

— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) May 1, 2012

Conservatives force Grenell’s ouster http://t.co/zZ1DBkqf via @maddow

— Wendy Stankevich (@WendyStankevich) May 1, 2012

Fischer: Grenell Resignation a 'Huge Win' for the Religious Right http://t.co/3k2yyPsW you bet it its, bigots.

— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 1, 2012

But, there is the Tweet Scandal Du Jour; Grenell had been frantically scrubbing tweets because the Left was jumping on them as “sexist.” And many are upset at once again being accused of bigotry as a matter of course.

Think Progress hounded Romney Spokesman because he didn't like women: http://t.co/iZm44acs

— Timothy P Carney (@TPCarney) May 1, 2012

Just want to point this out –> Grennell deleted over 800 tweets after left-wing bloggers caught him http://t.co/XcuMn4e6 @jrubinblogger

— David Freddoso (@freddoso) May 1, 2012

https://twitter.com/#!/llondo/status/197414640844685312

@daveweigel Just to get this right. Grenell served 4 7 yrs under Bush. No outcry from conservatives….

— Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley) May 1, 2012

Richard Grenell's orientation has little to do with this story except for politicizing, but the Democrats would never resort to that.

— Wittorical (@Wittorical) May 1, 2012

Seems debatable how much Grenell's resignation was from social conservative pressure, how much from his controversial tweets.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) May 1, 2012

http://twitter.com/#!/jstrevino/status/197427265959772160

Hmm RT @BuzzFeedAndrew: Any reporter trolled by Grenell on Twitter could see problems for Romney camp a mile ahead when they hired him.

— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) May 1, 2012

There will of course be frantic cries of “how awful, H8Rs” even from amongst Conservatives who are quick to make sure everyone knows they aren’t bigots or homophobes.

RT @samsteinhp: GOProud's LaSalvia on Grenell resignation: "a sad day in America" http://t.co/T9fw8G7u

— Patrick Caldwell (@patcaldwell) May 1, 2012

RT @mattklewis: Obama's gotta love Jennifer Rubin's headline: "Richard Grenell hounded from Romney campaign by anti-gay conservatives."

— Dr. Schadenfreude (@PoliticsOfFear) May 1, 2012

But, what purpose does that serve? The media will still assume that you are and encouraging this kind of misleading witch hunt gives credence to their spin.

Several sources say Romney aides tried to keep Grenell on board. But they're not saying on record, so idea he was drummed out will dominate.

— Maggie Haberman (@maggiepolitico) May 1, 2012

Idea that Grenell left just because he's openly gay is preposterous. Santorum had an openly gay comms director as a senator. No one cared.

— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) May 1, 2012

ThinkProgress: It was sexist for Romney camp to hire Grenell http://t.co/YugBpmkK & anti-gay to let him go http://t.co/xLcuTFyd #nuance

— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) May 1, 2012

Ok, lemme understand: Romney hires gay comms staffer, asks him to stay, said staffer quits anyway; ergo Romney and GOP are anti-gay. What?

— Keith Urbahn (@keithurbahn) May 1, 2012

It seems clear the Romney camp tried to convince Mr. Grenell not to resign. He chose to do so anyway. Just like he chose to tweet out snarky comments that the Left could use as ammunition. The Left had it in for him, not the Right.

Team Obama is loving this.