Despite the reassurances from the White House about how committed they are all to repealing DADT this year, as promised by the President, it sure doesn’t sound like there’s any kind of strategy to accomplish it. From the Roll Call story Joe linked to below:
Consideration of [ENDA] could set the stage for an even more politically dicey debate over whether gays should be allowed to serve openly in the military. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Tuesday would not rule out consideration of legislation to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. He noted that both Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have said they support ending the policy and that the Pentagon is working on recommendations. HRC’s Herwitt has said her group will press to add the repeal to the defense authorization measure, but Hoyer said House leaders have no plans to do that.
If DADT repeal doesn’t go in the Defense Authorization bill, then most observers think it’s not going anywhere this year. The reason it’s not going in the bill is because the White House isn’t pushing for it this year, in spite of the President’s earlier promises to the contrary. This is turning into an interesting test of HRC’s power and the President’s word.