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If Rep. Murphy Is 7 Votes Away from a DADT Repeal, Why Is Pelosi Killing Hope for a 2010 Push?

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says “I don’t know” if Congress will repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell this year, is she just being honest, or completely lacking in conviction?

Probably both.

“I’ll have to examine [the proposal],” she told reporters yesterday. “We’ll take a look. We’ll sit down together and see what is the advantage of going first with legislation or would the legislation more aptly reflect what is in the review — or is it a two-step process?” Such naivety for a woman who in April was saying how there just wasn’t room to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

But it’s high time Pelosi shared some of the blame for the utter immobility of lawmakers to pass equality legislation. Particularly because this year, with the mid-term elections, she already declared that any “controversial” bills are off the table (which includes immigration reform, a major issue for bi-national couples).

We’d like to think Pelosi’s demureness will come as a shock to Rep. Patrick Murphy, the Iraq vet leading the House’s fight to repeal DADT. He says he’s just seven votes shy of securing enough votes to kill the law.

All the more frustrating because, provided with the president’s State of the Union promise to work with Congress on a repeal, and Defense Sec. Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mullen telling the Senate they supported a repeal, Pelosi still doesn’t think there’s enough momentum to carry more “heavy lifting.”