Politics is about winners and losers. With the resignation of my friend, Ric Grenell, from the Mitt Romney campaign, I grieve for a good man who was badly treated by the hyper-partisanship of today’s political climate, but I am also convinced that nobody – not Republicans, LGBT Americans, or even the social conservatives who called for Ric’s head – scored a victory this week.
The Romney campaign has lost an experienced, talented and fierce advocate for a strong foreign policy and America’s unique and vital role in the world. I worked with Ric as part of the George W. Bush Administration, and I know him to be the most qualified person for this job. Ric earned the confidence of men like Ambassadors John D. Negroponte, John C. Danforth, John R. Bolton and Zalmay Khalilzad, and the GOP is losing out with him sitting on the sideline. We need him in the game this election cycle.
The gay community, despite the hatred it greeted Ric with when his appointment was announced, has lost as well.
Read more from R. Clarke Cooper on the Grenell resignation at Communities @WashingtonTimes.com.