In an announcement that should surprise no one, White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett told representatives from gay-advocacy groups yesterday that the President would not be signing an executive order on LGBT non-discrimination for federal contractors anytime soon.
“While it is not our usual practice to discuss executive orders that may or may not be under consideration, we do not expect that an executive order on LGBT non-discrimination for federal contractors will be issued at this time. We support legislation that has been introduced and we will continue to work with congressional sponsors to build support for it,” she told members of the Center for American Progress, Freedom to Work, HRC and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Jarrod Scarborough made headlines last week when he announced he would broach the topic of the executive order with Obama at Monday’s White House Easter Egg Roll. But, alas, Scarborough never got a chance to speak to the Commander in Chief. (Hint: If you’re gonna ambush the President about a political issue at a holiday party, don’t announce it to the world on national television!)
Look, Barry, we get it. Romney’s basically been anointed the GOP candidate and the election is kicking into overdrive. It would be suicide to make a pro-gay move between now and November. Right now those moronic swing voters could be swayed by the color of your tie, let alone something potentially polarizing. We don’t like it, but we get it. And the activists who hued and cried about your inaction on the executive order—HRC president Joe Solmonese said he was “extremely disappointed”—they get it too.
They just want to remind you we’re watching and waiting.
So we’re gonna give you a pass… until November 7. Then, if we don’t start seeing some action, we’re gonna start squishing some eggs—and we don’t mean the Easter kind. (The preceding should not be construed as a threat against the President of the United States, for whom we have nothing but respect.)