The Hill: ‘abandoning the effort to repeal the [DADT] policy would be a political disaster for President Obama’

This is one of the articles that members of Congress and Capitol Hill staffers will be reading today. It’s pretty clear that the future of DADT repeal is in the hands of President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:

The need to shepherd the defense authorization bill through the Senate in the lame-duck session has left the Democratic leadership with a precarious dilemma.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) may not be able to secure enough votes to pass the bill because of language repealing the ban on gays in the military. Stripping that provision may be the only way to pass the legislation, which authorizes funding and sets policy for the Pentagon.

But abandoning the effort to repeal the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy would be a political disaster for President Obama, who made a campaign promise to end the ban.

Political disaster. Yep.

This line is key, too:

Much depends on how Reid handles the issue.

Indeed, it does.


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