All through the primaries, GOP voters were told that the silver lining of unlikable Mitt’s getting the nomination was that he could beat President Obama because he would appeal to moderates. The base might not like him, but the candidates they preferred couldn’t win in November.
But if Mitt deserved such moderate support he would have stood up for Ric Grenell, whom who hired as his foreign policy spokesman, but wouldn’t defend against vicious attacks simply because Grenell is gay. It doesn’t matter if Mitt’s personal beliefs are more reasonable if he won’t act on them.
If you wouldn’t vote for Rick Santorum or Michele Bachmann, you shouldn’t vote for Mitt.
Whether the bat-shit wing of the party wins by nominating one of their own (Santorum, Bachmann) or by intimidating a less radical candidate (Romney), the result is the same — they win.
The extremists own Mitt now and will throughout his term if he’s elected. He won’t want to face a primary in 2016.
Ric Grenell was the canary in Mitt’s mine of moderation. He didn’t survive.