As I have written more times than I can count, for Republicans to win back the White House, and to do well in down-ticket races, the GOP will have to emphasize the economy as an issue. Any distraction from the economy only serves to help Barack Obama’s campaign.
Of course, this means that there are a number of issues that I think are important and worthy of campaign attention, but which will not get that attention because focusing on them would serve to distract from the economy. But them’s the breaks, and both I and other Republicans will also have to lay off of pet issues a bit in order to allow the Romney campaign and down-ticket Republicans the chance to own the debate regarding the economy.
So I struggle more than a little bit with the idea of forcing out a spokesman for the Romney campaign on foreign policy and national security affairs merely because that spokesman–Richard Grenell–is gay. All that was accomplished by this kerfuffle was to distract from the focus of the Romney campaign.
Plus–and significantly more importantly–it was and is deeply wrong to target campaign staffers in Republican campaigns for dismissal from their jobs merely because of their sexual orientation.
Aren’t there better things to do than to obsess over Richard Grenell’s decision to help the Romney campaign? Like, say, win an election? Or make a moral statement by ensuring that Richard Grenell feels comfortable being part of the Republican party?