A reader writes:
I cry no tears for Grenell nor do I find his neo-conservative cred something to justify why he shouldn't have been vilified. He has, is, and seems to be for the near future chosen to be part of a party that has, is, and seems to be for the near future the national political party (not a segment, not a fringe, but the party) that's not about to support marriage equality and never legislatively/officially supporting/accepting of LGBT people (they booed a gay soldier on TV for goodness sake).
So, for me as an African-American, he is like an African-American back during Reconstruction and part of the "in-political crowd" for the Southern Democrats, and "shocked, shocked" that they really want him to come through the back door for their meetings, never marry their daughter, never drink from the same fountain, never ride in the same train car, never ride next to them on a bus, never eat at the same lunch counter, and a bunch of other nevers – like becoming president of the United States.
You have said it yourself a few times over the last several years (the totally on-point "Riding the Tiger" posts), that eventually the Tiger (made of Christianist/Tea Party/et al genes) the GOP's been riding will bite back. Consider Grenell consumed.
I do. I have held for two decades the belief that we have to do two things: expose Republican homophobia and yet still engage with the Republican party. I have to concede that this has now become almost quixotic. But we still must try. Gay rights should not be the monopoly of one party; that gives that party far too much power. Do you think Obama would have refused to sign an executive order on non-discrimination among federal contractors if he thought the GOP might beat him to it?
There's a fine line between enabling a homophobic party and sticking with it while holding your ground on gay equality. Grenell walked that line about as impeccably as anyone could. And yet even he was hounded out. And so I've come reluctantly to the same conclusion as Obama: the only way to engage the GOP at this point is to fight them. Only when they start losing elections badly will they grapple with the actual reality of the country they seek to govern. Including all its citizens.
You don't have to be a Democrat to want this kind of Republicanism defeated. You just need to see the rank prejudice right in front of our nose.