Barney Frank was on Mike Signorile’s radio show yesterday and had a lot to say. For the first time in a long time, Barney is facing a real opponent. I thought what Barney had to say about DADT was most instructive. Here’s Mike’s synopsis:
He said President Obama “hasn’t handled this well,” and that he’s “been disappointed,” referring to the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” debacle. He said he urged the president at a campaign stop in Massachusetts last week not to appeal Judge Virginia Phillips’ ruling and injunction ending DADT, arguing that this is a different case than most laws which the administration must defend. Frank believes the president should drop the appeal, especially if Obama does not get a vote in the Senate in the lame duck session of Congress.
On the Employment Non-Discrimination ACT (ENDA), which activists have been promised a vote on for over a year, Frank said the health care bill took up time, then DADT came up, and added also that “the transgender issue is a very difficult issue.”
Definitely take a few minutes to listen to the audio that Mike posted.