Before Barack Obama had a chance to take HRC’s podium, the organization’s president Joe Solmonese hit MSNBC to defend our commander-in-chief. This would be mostly forgettable — Solmonese’s love fest with the president is hardwired and expected — if it weren’t for National Equality March organizer Cleve Jones to counter Gay Inc. with … oh, what do you call those things? … facts.
“I respectfully disagree with Joe,” says Jones about Obama’s supposed commitment to the Gs. And he’s right.
It’s becoming comical to watch HRC come to the defense of the White House. The organization’s collusion with the DNC and Obama has yielded almost zero progress. (HRC will, at least internally, claim credit for ENDA’s upcoming passage. Many smaller gay rights organizations would beg to differ.)
Jones argues it’s time to get lawmakers on the record whether they support gay rights, even if that means bringing a bill to a vote that gets shot down. Solmonese wants some more holding time if Obama and his party peers can get things done. That’s a nice sentiment, but that strategy hasn’t worked yet. Should we expect anything different from Obama?