Richard Grenell

…was recruited to the Romney campaign as an expert in national security – this means Romney’s team thought he was the best person for the job (did I mention, the job is national security?) – and has plausible credentials in the field.  Mitt Romney let his gay-bashers run him out of town without a peep, so we have another data point on Romney’s character: not only is he OK with anti-gay prejudice, and not only won’t he stand up for his people (the morale meter at Romneyville must be bouncing on the zero peg), but he is willing to sacrifice national security to please a bunch of ignorant bigots.  What a guy; spineless, bigoted and treasonous.

If he’s afraid of a piece of garbage like Brian Fischer, it doesn’t bode well for his dealings with any foreign leader who can say “boo” in English.

 

Author: Michael O'Hare

Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, Michael O'Hare was raised in New York City and trained at Harvard as an architect and structural engineer. Diverted from an honest career designing buildings by the offer of a job in which he could think about anything he wanted to and spend his time with very smart and curious young people, he fell among economists and such like, and continues to benefit from their generosity with on-the-job social science training. He has followed the process and principles of design into "nonphysical environments" such as production processes in organizations, regulation, and information management and published a variety of research in environmental policy, government policy towards the arts, and management, with special interests in energy, facility siting, information and perceptions in public choice and work environments, and policy design. His current research is focused on transportation biofuels and their effects on global land use, food security, and international trade; regulatory policy in the face of scientific uncertainty; and, after a three-decade hiatus, on NIMBY conflicts afflicting high speed rail right-of-way and nuclear waste disposal sites. He is also a regular writer on pedagogy, especially teaching in professional education, and co-edited the "Curriculum and Case Notes" section of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Between faculty appointments at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, he was director of policy analysis at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. He has had visiting appointments at Università Bocconi in Milan and the National University of Singapore and teaches regularly in the Goldman School's executive (mid-career) programs. At GSPP, O'Hare has taught a studio course in Program and Policy Design, Arts and Cultural Policy, Public Management, the pedagogy course for graduate student instructors, Quantitative Methods, Environmental Policy, and the introduction to public policy for its undergraduate minor, which he supervises. Generally, he considers himself the school's resident expert in any subject in which there is no such thing as real expertise (a recent project concerned the governance and design of California county fairs), but is secure in the distinction of being the only faculty member with a metal lathe in his basement and a 4×5 Ebony view camera. At the moment, he would rather be making something with his hands than writing this blurb.

9 thoughts on “Richard Grenell”

  1. plausible credentials in the field

    Really? He apparently was John Bolton’s chief aide. According to some press accounts, he was equally unilateralist and bellicose, but less tempered by a semblance of what we might call diplomacy. He was also apparently infamous for lying to the press with gay abandon. And he had a (hastily deleted) twitter stream apparently full of crudities and misogynist outbursts.

    Look: it’s a travesty that he was fired for being Gay. It is an entirely different travesty, and I think in many ways a more worrisome one, that he was ever hired in the first place, for reasons having nothing at all to do with his sexuality or his private life generally. We can probably assume the person hired to replace him will be a safely heterosexual nutball holding the same absolutely insane foreign policy views that Grenell does, someone that will similarly think 2002-2003 was a high point for American foreign policy.

    1. Really? He apparently was John Bolton’s chief aide. According to some press accounts, he was equally unilateralist and bellicose, but less tempered by a semblance of what we might call diplomacy. He was also apparently infamous for lying to the press with gay abandon. And he had a (hastily deleted) twitter stream apparently full of crudities and misogynist outbursts.

      Every one of those things counts as a positive credential to the people doing the hiring as well as all of those doing the complaining that Romney hired a gay person. By their standards, the only thing wrong with Grenell is that he’s gay.

  2. If he’s afraid of a piece of garbage like Brian Fischer, it doesn’t bode well for his dealings with any foreign leader who can say “boo” in English.

    Or French, for that matter.

  3. Mitt Romney “afraid” of Bryan Fischer and his buds in the family-shmamily homophobe lobby? Far from it, I’d guess – whatever Mitt and his crew actually think about that crowd, they’re way too dependent on Big Hate for electoral support (well, to be honest, more a lack of opposition than support, but what’s the diff…) to want to tick them off.

  4. More and more, we’re discovering that Mitt Romney is spineless, a hollow man. He has no core convictions, and just puts on a different mask depending who he’s talking to. Why should we believe this guy will defend America’s core values when they’re under threat?

  5. What a guy; spineless, bigoted and treasonous.

    And filthy rich.
    He made 21 million in 2010. Didn’t get his hands dirty. Didn’t do anything remotely resembling real work…
    And paid less taxes on that “income” than the janitors who cleans his numerous toilets.
    (Assuming Romney pays his servants a living wage. And if the hired help is Mormon, he probably does.)

    How this culture tolerates the investor class is beyond me.
    The biggest lie on earth: The investor class earns their money because they work so hard.
    The biggest sin on earth: Every President since Reagan who has signed a bill lowering the taxes on the filthy rich. Shame on you Bill Clinton.

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