Saturday, May 05, 2012

Romney + Obama= One Backbone

Richard Grenell came to the Romney campaign as an adviser on foreign policy and in a blink of an eye was gone.     When President Obama recently annoyed Republicans by sharing credit with Navy SEALs for eliminating Osama binLaden,  Grenell was asked to stay in the closet keep a low profile.    But facing mounting pressure, Grenell decided to take one for the team and announced

I have decided to resign from the Romney campaign as the Foreign Policy and National Security Spokesman. While I welcomed the challenge to confront President Obama’s foreign policy failures and weak leadership on the world stage, my ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from a presidential campaign. I want to thank Governor Romney for his belief in me and my abilities and his clear message to me that being openly gay was a non-issue for him and his team.

Bryan Fischer, issue director at the American Family Association, understandably took the opportunity to crow, declaring on his radio show (video below)

So ladies and gentlemen, this is a huge win and it's a huge win for us in regard to Mitt Romney, because Mitt Romney has been forced to say 'Look, I overstepped my bounds here, I went outside my parameters her, I went off the reservation with this hire, the pro-famiy community has called me back to the table here, called me back inside the borders of the reservation....'   There is no way in the world that Mitt Romney is going to put a homosexual activist in any position of importance in this campaign.

Then a regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, Al Armandaez two years ago makes a comment reflecting a rational policy serving the public interest.     The video surfaces, the right wing complains, and he is dismissed by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.    But Armandaez is only the latest of Obama loyalists to get moved out (or, as the cliches have it, "tossed overboard" or "thrown under the bus"), as the video way below from The Young Turks explains.    At least two other names- Van Jones and Shirley Sherrod- come to mind.

Mitt Romney caved to the far right of the Repub Party; Barack Obama caves in to the right wing of the Republican Party.     Meanwhile, the wolves are not satisfied by the latest departure under pressure of the Obama administration as

President Barack Obama’s critics won’t rest with the resignation of Al Armendariz, the EPA regional chief ousted Sunday after a 2010 video surfaced last week of him pledging to “crucify” lawbreaking oil and gas companies.

From Austin, Texas, to Washington, D.C., Republicans and energy industry officials amplified their calls for an investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement record in the energy-rich five-state region that Armendariz oversaw.

“This isn’t just one person, this is an entire, agencywide philosophy,” said Lucy Nashed, a spokeswoman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry. “He stepped down, but unfortunately the agency is still there and that whole mind-set is still there.”

Scalp in hand after drawing public attention to Armendariz’s remarks, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said Monday that he planned to continue using his perch as top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee to probe EPA’s policing of oil and gas companies.

“We will get to the bottom of this,” Inhofe said, adding that he would monitor Obama’s next appointment to the Dallas-based job “very closely.”

Republicans, operating under a grand sense of entitlement, figure they have a right to run the nation.     Unfortunately, President Obama isn't sure he disagrees with them.

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