Mitt Romney is now muddling through his first major failure. If this crisis is any indication of Romney as a leader, his campaign is in trouble and so is the nation when he beats Obama this fall.
What is happening?
It started with the hiring of openly gay foreign policy advisor Ric Grenell. Immediately social conservatives began to complain that Romney had chosen a homosexual male for the job and they immediately began wondering about his commitment to other conservative issues.
When the Romney campaign hired Grenell there were one of two possibilities. The first is he did not know how social conservatives would react and the second is he did not care. Neither is good.
Romney’s history is that of a liberal. That is how he governed in Massachusetts and appointed openly gay people to various positions in his administration. He has nothing in common with social conservatives. It probably did not register with him.
The second issue is that he probably did not care. For social conservatives, they should be very worried that the soon to be nominee of the GOP does not care about their concerns. Perhaps Romney should be more concerned.
Even without all of the dead people Obama is rallying to vote for him, Romney must have the social conservatives in his corner.
Team Romney probably thinks all the conservatives are in his pocket. After all, we will not vote for Barack Obama, right?
There is a third option. A lot of people could choose to stay home. Or at least ignore the name at the top of the ballot and just vote on races further down the ballot.
After totally screwing up the hiring of Ric Grenell, Team Romney then screwed everything else up too.
There is nothing worse than indecisiveness and that is exactly what the Romney campaign did. Grenell’s area of expertise is allegedly foreign affairs. This is the week the foreign affairs expert should have been front and center.
Instead he was nowhere to be seen.
Hiring Grenell was a mistake and a bad choice. Then simply giving him nothing to do, which is what the Romney campaign did, was even worse. The Romney campaign said they hired him because they believed he was the best.
Well if that is the case, act like it.
Instead, they vacillated and Romney once again looks like a flip-flop.
Grenell finally took everyone out of their misery by resigning. He gave the Romney campaign the easy way out, which was apparently what they were looking for.
The lessons from this mess are simple. There is a serious lack of leadership in the Romney team. It starts at the top. At a time of crisis, when American needs great leadership, we are getting…. Well it is hard to say what we are getting. But it is not so hard to say what we are not getting.
Excellent post, Jean..... I, too, question the allegiance of some [many] posters to this site, and/or their Alice In Wonderland longing for a political reality that doesn't exist. Too many mistake the ashes of Newt's, Ron's, Ric's, Sarah's and Michelle's presidential aspirations as fairy-dust, expecting resurrections and/or a brokered GOP convention.
If there is to be salvation for our Tea Party goals we MUST unite behind Romney! As you say, we must "stay focused!"
THIS PROVES MONEY SHOULD NOT BE THE MAIN, QUALIFICATION FOR POTUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. MITT would scrooge up most ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
Hence the reason Newt should have been the winner here. He has class, he has the real understanding of the American way and he is a REAL Conservative. But noooo we get this lose wheel. I have no idea what we are going to do other than vote in a Republican...NO a TEA PARTY Congress. After seeing this idiot become the winner for the GOP I am worried about what is going to end up in Congress. Man we have a LOT of work we are going to need to do over the next four years...no matter WHO becomes the President. But like the great founders of this beloved nation..we WILL NOT STOP, we will NOT give in or give up, we shall win our nation BACK!! God Bless America and God Bless the Tea Party. :)
Jean: Thank you. This was the point I attempted to make in my comments. Judson seems to revel in throwing bombs instead of directing the TP's focus on the ultimate goal. Granted, Romney is not the candidate we hoped for, but it is what it is and we now must come together and see that Obama looses and Romney wins.
How can Judson judge Romney's leadership abilities when he demonstrates a complete lack of leadership for the TP?
Casting disparaging remarks about Romney, at this juncture, only helps Obama.