Right Wing Watch points out an interesting little juxtaposition. Jonah Goldberg of the National Review wrote an op-ed in the LA Times taking Mitt Romney to task for caving to wingnuts like Bryan Fischer in getting rid of a gay foreign policy spokesman. And he was pretty blunt about it:
“If Mitt Romney can be pushed around, intimidated, coerced, co-opted by a conservative radio talk show host in Middle America, then how is he going to stand up to the Chinese? How is he going to stand up to Putin?” So asked Bryan Fischer, a radio host with the American Family Assn., after claiming credit for Richard Grenell’s scalp.
Grenell is the openly gay former foreign policy spokesman for the Romney campaign. Before that, he worked for Ambassador John R. Bolton at the United Nations, easily the most revered diplomatic official among the base of the Republican Party since Jeane Kirkpatrick.
I don’t think Fischer deserves the “credit” he’s claiming, but it does remind me of the old line from Winston Churchill about how an appeaser is someone who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. The reality be damned, it certainly appears that the Romney campaign fed Grenell to the crocs.
And yet just last week, Goldberg went on Fischer’s radio show, where Fischer introduced him as “one of my favorite writers” and Goldberg said it was “fantastic to be here.” He did that while Fischer was demanding Grennell’s scalp, which he now claims to be opposed to. Why didn’t he say anything about it then?