Richard Grenell, the homocon who received vicious criticism from conservatives and progressives alike for accepting a role in the Romney campaign, has resigned. At first glance, Grenell seemed to have been qualified for the role for which he was hired, that of Foreign Policy and National Security Spokesman.
Almost from the moment the appointment was announced, Grenell and Romney started taking heat from both the left and the right. Religious right zealots like Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association objected to Grenell because not only was he openly gay, he was a “gay activist.”
But progressives and the vast majority of the LGBT community objected to his appointment because, while Grenell advocated in favor of marriage equality, he was going to work for someone who — at least recently — has been an outspoken opponent of gay marriage and who has channeled millions of dollars via the Mormon Church toward the passage of Prop. 8. Grenell was also taken to task for about 800 or so sometimes misogynistic, homophobic, or otherwise politically damaging tweets that mysteriously disappeared from his Twitter feed shortly after his appointment.