Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is either “barely hanging on with life support” or the effort “could still get 60 votes in the Senate.” Which might mean the same thing? Apparently what’s needed is a big push from Democratic leadership, and Obama supposedly offered that today by calling up Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to tell him to keep repeal in the Pentagon spending bill, and a presser tomorrow from Sens. Gillibrand, Udall, and Lieberman will publicly push Democrats to support the effort. Update: An announcement from Gay Inc. claims Reid will bring the National Defense Authorization Act (with repeal attached) to a vote during the lame duck session after Thanksgiving. Sen. Harry Reid says in his own statement, “During the work period following the Thanksgiving holidays, I will bring the Defense Authorization bill to the floor, including a repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Our Defense Department supports repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ as a way to build our all-volunteer armed forces. We need to repeal this discriminatory policy so that any American who wants to defend our country can do so.”
DADT Repeal has been dead for a while. It is only the LGBT Advocacy orgs that want you to believe otherwise, so they can raise money. They pretend there is a chance at the same time they ask for a donation. It is pathetic.
We only have 55 LGBT-supportive votes in the Senate. Calls, emails, protests or silly stunts won’t change that reality. We need 5 more US Senators willing to support us – that can only be done by their constituents. That’s who we need to be talking to.
As GetEQUAL has proven this year, we don’t get anywhere with confrontation, it requires conversation. We need to get people to join us, not run from us.
@rainfish2000: Grow up, it is 2010. The world has changed. We need to enroll people and get their support, not piss them off with childish publicity stunts that nobody cares about.
Senators don’t change their minds because a few nut cases make trouble – they poll their constituents.
@Brian Miller: Nobody said “begging,” although now that you mention it GetEQUAL has been begging for attention and today the White House dismissed them. They wouldn’t even talk to Ms. Crazy Robin.
If you think pissing on people works – piss away.
@Brian Miller: You are apparently as stupid as GetEQUAL. National Polls don’t matter – Senators poll their constituents. Constituents means the voters in their State. Go poll people in Alabama or Oklahoma on DADT, the majority are against DADT.
When you get a chance, will you please explain that to Robin?
@AndrewW: 64% are against DADT repeal in Oklahoma. 71% are against DADT repeal in Alabama.
That’s how the Senate works.
@Brian Miller: Uhhh, politicians are not worried about GetEQUAL – they’re laughing, like the rest of us.
@Brian Miller: LGBT-issues are “moral” issues. You want to compare them to TARP? How naive.
@Brian Miller: What “pressure?” You are delusional. GetEQUAL and Robin McGehee are a laughing stock. Senators care about polling in their states, not toddlers yelling in the streets.
Go piss on people. That’s your strategy. Maybe you can get a job with GetEQUAL, if they can raise any money.
@reason: And we have four new Senators in the lame duck session – we lost two votes (WV and IL). We have only 55 right now. It goes down to 53 in January (next session).
There are no Republicans leaning our way. Not even Snow and Collins. There is no DADT repeal that is obtainable.
The House will be holding “hearings” on the military study in February. Nothing will happen before then. It won’t even be brought up after those hearings.
This is 1994 all over again.