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 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.
“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?”
“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.”
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.