That would go along ways towards explaining why the White House seems so tongue-tied over what to do THIS YEAR. Kerry Eleveld in the Advocate:
A second source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the White House was partially in a bind based on an agreement the Obama administration had made with Defense Department officials earlier this year to let the Pentagon’s working group study reach completion before pushing for a repeal vote.
The source, who had knowledge of the meeting, said discussions around “the process” began in December and were finalized in January, when prospects for the administration’s main agenda items, such as health care reform, were still looking grim.
The White House did not immediately respond to an inquiry for this article.