I love reading Defense Sec. Gates’ reactions to the latest Senate screw ups regarding Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, because as stoic as this man is in public, I feel like he might be a rageaholic behind closed doors. The latest peep from Gates came aboard a flight from Abu Dhabi (where he was meeting with the royals) to Washington this morning, where he told reporters he was “but not surprised” by lawmakers’ failed repeal vote, but, “There is still roughly a week left in the lame-duck session and so I would hope that the Congress would act to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’” Each time I try to gauge whether he’s growing more nervous about a court deciding the fate of the law, and prohibiting he and the Pentagon from timing the military’s big coming out party, but the man is an iron wall! Or, an iron gate! Sure, he says things like, “My greatest worry will be that then we are at the mercy of the courts and all the lack of predictability that that entails,” but that’s just a talking point. Put some emotion into it, Bobert.