Speaking to reporters today, Press Sec. Robert Gibbs had nothing new to say about Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but that doesn’t mean the press will stop asking.
Will President Obama pressure Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to get a DADT repeal through? And, post mid-term elections, where everyone expects the Dems to lose at least one majority on Capitol Hill, WTF is his plan to legislatively repeal the law? Both questions were posed to Gibbs. He didn’t really answer either. Nor did he go that extra step and reveal whether Obama believes the law is unconstitutional.
Helping the White House in this game of hot potato — “No, you repeal DADT”; “No you do it!” — is Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese, who appeared yesterday on Signorile. While Solmonese doesn’t think DoJ should appeal the Log Cabin Republicans v. U.S. ruling that knocks DADT, he appears not to have his facts right: “To my way of thinking, I don’t know how you repeatedly state that you find something to be unconstitutional, then find justification to defend the law. I can’t square that in my head.” Here’s how: The administration has not said it believes DADT to be unconstitutional; Gibbs has just repeated the court’s findings. “Granted,” Solmonese later acknowledges, Gibbs was “not speaking for the administration, he was making an observation, but nonetheless … I just don’t see how it is that the administration justifies appealing the decision.”
Well, it’s through lightweight critics like HRC. The group’s chief spokesflack Fred Sainz, who spends his free time attacking progressive LGBT activists, claims The Gays owe “gratitude” to this president. I’m finally stumped: Is HRC applauding or criticizing the president? IT’S SO HARD TO TELL.
Also, about today’s guidance from the Pentagon telling recruitment offices to allow gay troops to enlist now that Judge Phillips is not granting DoJ’s request for a stay? Lt. Dan Choi is trying to do just that right now.