Grenell Named Romney Foreign Policy Spokesman -- What Does It Mean?

Richard A. Grenell – a PJ Tatler and PJTV contributor and general all-around friend of PJ Media – has been named “national security and foreign policy spokesman” for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Writes Philip Rucker of the Washington Post’s Election 2012 Blog:

Grenell brings foreign policy chops and more than a decade of political experience to the aggressive but relatively young Romney staff. His is one in a series of hires as the presumptive Republican nominee rapidly expands his small staff as it moves into the general election against President Obama.

During all eight years of President George W. Bush’s tenure, Grenell served as the administration’s director of communications and public diplomacy at the United Nations. He advised four U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations: John D. Negroponte, John C. Danforth, John R. Bolton and Zalmay Khalilzad.

From what I know of Richard, he is particularly close to John Bolton, which augurs well for those of us who would like to see Bolton return to the UN or assume an even higher foreign policy role in a possible Romney administration. With all the ongoing treachery of Iran, Syria, the putative “Arab Spring,” Hamas, Hezbollah, North Korea, etc., etc., Bolton’s more needed now than ever -- and the Grenell appointment points the way.

Richard also has considerable background as a spokesperson for Republican politicians (George Pataki, San Diego Mayor Susan Golding, etc.).

But there’s one thing about Grenell not mentioned in the politically correct WaPo – he’s openly gay.

What, you say – who cares? And you are correct.

But I am putting that essentially irrelevant fact out here on PJM as a safeguard of sorts against attacks that are likely to come. Some -- a tiny number, really -- on the most extreme end of the socially conservative right might object to an open homosexual in such a key position on Romney’s foreign policy team. But almost all would likely ignore this, respecting Grenell’s bona fides and -- let’s be honest -- his solid hawkish leanings.