Today, John and I were at the 4th annual Senate Democratic Progressive Media Summit. I got the chance to ask Majority Leader Harry Reid a question about the process for repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Reid said repeal supporters were going to try to add the repeal language to the Defense Authorization bill in Committee. If not, he said there would be an amendment on the floor. Frankly, that’s not good enough.
NOTE FROM JOHN: We need our friends to use the process to our advantage. We need them to ensure that the repeal is added in the bill from the git-go, in the chairman’s mark, so that we force repeal foes to remove it – so that we force Democrats on the committee to choose whether to cast an anti-gay vote against their chairman, against the president. If an amendment is offered on the Senate floor it will be filibustered – adding it into the chairman’s bill early on helps to make it harder for the GOP to filibuster, it forces them to filibuster the entire Defense bill, an unlikely prospect.
Unfortunately, the President isn’t helping. The White House is even refusing to say that they’d like to see DADT repealed this year. So much for the State of the Union. The President’s word is so far just words.