It’s just, Jesus lady, dig your hole deeper. Speaking at Equality California’s Harvey Milk event on Friday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted DADT will be a memory by December — intimating that it will be done before summer’s over, in order to truly be a “memory” by the holiday season.
On the one hand, there’s some good news to support Pelosi’s claims:
But repeal supporters in the House could still bring up the issue during full chamber debate on the issue next week, a move gay rights groups are actively lobbying for. Currently Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. Patrick Murphy’s bill for a repeal has 192 co-sponsors, and officials in his office say several other lawmakers have promised to back the measure if it comes up for a vote.
If attached to the authorization bill, a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal could put Skelton and conservative Democrats in the awkward position of either voting against troop funding or for repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” during what is expected to be a contentious election cycle.
Meanwhile, the Senate Armed Services Committee will draft their version of the authorization act next week, and committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., has long advocated using the budget bill as a vehicle for repeal.
Committee officials won’t unveil their plans, but gay rights groups anticipate it will be included after a week of internal committee debate.
On the other hand, when you truly read about how Brian Bond, Obama’s LGBT liaison, has completely dropped the ball on coordinating efforts between the White House and gay Americans and activists outside Gay Inc., it’s you realize that only a select few people (Sen. Carl Levin, Rep. Patrick Murphy) actually have any strategic plans to push forward a repeal.