Yesterday after the Senate finished listening to John McCain cherry pick soundbites, the White House invited a dozen repeal advocates to an hour-long meeting to assure everyone the president did not cut a deal to throw DADT repeal under the bus. “They fought back against all of the rumors that a deal has been cut,” one attendee tells Politico. “They said, ‘The best evidence [against a deal] is that we would never have sent [Defense Secretary Robert] Gates and [Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike] Mullen out there if we weren’t serious about getting this done.'” Or is the best evidence for a deal is so vigorously professing no deal has been struck?
Representatives from the following groups attended: National Black Justice Coalition, the Center for American Progress, Outserve, People for the American Way, the Palm Center, Third Way, Servicemembers United, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the Log Cabin Republicans.
In case you missed yesterday’s hearings, here are the worthy parts: