Things are moving fast in U. S. politics–today Romney signaled he heard it when Catholic and evangelical leaderships said they would do whatever it takes to defeat Obama. The message Obama took from that is they have no where else to go but him. He can now be himself and return to the formula he used as Governor of Massachusetts, a social liberal.
The out gay man Romney chose for his campaign is Richard Grenell, 45, who has worked in the United Nations and on several Republican campaigns. He seems to have great credentials.
Obama did something like this when he invited a conservative evangelical minister, Rick Warren, to do the prayer at his inauguration. Liberal people were annoyed.
But, Romney’s gay hire seems more bold than Obama’s preacher. It sends a signal he intends to go after moderate voters and he doesn’t care what evangelicals, Catholics or other Mormons think.
It is a much different tack than that used by “W” Bush. Bush did some overtures to the middle but he did not hire an out gay. Neither did the McCain/Palin ticket. But, the latter lost their election.
While we don’t know how the election will turn out nor what will follow it, one thing seems clear. The Christian right’s candidates did not win the Republican endorsement and the man who did win it is not following the right’s playbook.
The Republican Party remains more a party of Wall Street than of the pathway to eternity. I’m pleased with that.