SOUNDBITES — “His not being for it will give people an excuse to not vote for it. Thing is – we’ve done hate crimes. We do ENDA. It’s a big agenda all at once. At this point – the President’s refusal to call for repeal this year is a problem.” —Rep. Barney Frank, criticizing Obama’s failure to push on DADT, and this week playing the White House bully instead of its lap dog (via)
@Cam: When Harold Ford had his miraculous reversal it was because the voters in New York ARE NOT anti-gay, like Tennessee. The majority beliefs of the constituents changed his mind, not influence or lobbying.
@ousslander: Politicians beliefs (position) about gays are immutable because they are based on morality. It’s the same as abortion. You can’t “bargain” that belief away. The politician only changes when his/her constituents change.
If you don’t believe that, find one member of the US Congress that changed their position on an LGBT -issue in the last 30 years. There are none. Despite HRC lobbying ($550 million) and letters, emails and calls to politicians – not a single vote has been changed in 30 years. Moral positions are non-negotiable.