Still no White House timeline on DADT repeal

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You’d think that after the healthcare debacle last year, President Obama would change up his leadership strategy in response to what turned into a political near-disaster.


Nope.


In a press conference Monday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs evaded Advocate reporter Kerry Eleveld’s questions about whether or not the White House has a timeline for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal.


Conventional wisdom holds that any DADT repeal needs to be attached to the President’s 2011 defense budget requests to be certain it will pass this year, as many advocates don’t hold out much hope for a repeal to pass after the mid-term elections.


In truth, this is not very surprising, given that noone in the legislative leadership is pushing for a “Set End-Date/Delayed Implementation Plan,” as promoted by Servicemembers United, that would let the Pentagon conduct their sacred implementation study while fixing a start date before the midterm elections.


AmericaBlog points out that the door hasn’t yet closed on including anything in the 2011 Defense Appropriation bill, but it’s getting mighty close, and a failure here would look pretty silly after giving the repeal such billing in his State of the Union address.