Pelosi, Reed non-committal on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal


Forget that Tuesday’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell hearings blew the “we need to hear from the military” argument out of the water.

Forget that three of the last six confirmed Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff now publicly and vocally support a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Forget that House Democrats overwhelmingly support a repeal, and many advocate for moving forward with legislation while the Pentagon completes its year-long study/duck-aligning, so that a bill is ready to be passed and signed as soon as the study is complete.

Nancy Pelosi:

“We’ve done a heavy lift [attempting to pass health care reform legislation last year], and I don’t know,” Pelosi told reporters. “I’ll have to examine it. 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?”


Harry Reid:

“Senator Reid supports repeal and hopes that the recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing is the first step toward that goal,” said Jim Manley [spokesman for Sen. Reid]. “It’s now up to the Armed Services Committee to begin examining all the options on the table, including repeal, moratorium, and a study.”

(The Advocate)

As John Aravosis points out, time is of the essence now that we have political momentum on our side. Waiting until after the mid-term elections, as some conservative Democrats prefer, would likely cost us a both a repeal and political support after all the promises and hype surrounding a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

I wouldn’t go so far as to call this all-too-expected failure of leadership a “shell game,” but the effect will be the same.