To all the Obama administration apologists who scolded us because we needed to “give the President time,” if you had more experience in politics, you’d have understood the urgency. If we lose the House, kiss our entire agenda good bye. All the more reason it’s troubling that the White House is still not leading on DADT.
From Kerry Eleveld we learn that White House spokesman Robert Gibbs refused to commit to passing the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell this year, and he isn’t very worried about Democrats losing the House or Senate this fall. Then again, the White House wasn’t very worried about Martha Coakley losing in Massachusetts until the last several days before the election.
If we lose the House and/or Senate, our agenda is over. And the fact that the White House is refusing to push for DADT this year, refuses to come up with a plan for passage, could severely cripple our chances at making it a reality.
The Human Rights Campaign says they’ve communicated their desires to the White House, they claim the White House has a plan for DADT, even though everyone else says it’s not true. And now, yet again, as we hear the House may very well turn Republican in the November, dooming our chances to do anything significant on gay civil rights, the White House is yet again refusing to commit to passing the repeal this year.
It’s increasingly looking like the Human Rights Campaign simply doesn’t have any serious influence with this White House.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Give. Stop giving to the DNC, Organizing for America, and the President’s re-election until the Democrats keep their promises. And pretty soon, we may need to add some national gay organizations to the list as well.