Noz has a somewhat different perspective on Mitt the Flip:
“It’s not that the campaign cared whether Ric Grenell was gay,” one Republican adviser said. “They believed this was a nonissue. But they didn’t want to confront the religious right.”
romney will be the GOP nominee. the religious right is not going to vote for obama. standing up to the religious right might even help him to win over independents, the people who will actually decide the general election. and yet mitten is so scared of making christian conservatives mad that he’s willing to toss overboard an advisor whose expertise he values.
In fairness (Noz is nothing if not fair), he goes on to point out that political cowardice is not limited by party lines.