From National Journal’s Need-To-Know Memo:
DON’T ASK. White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer told National Journal that repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military is “at least worth a shot” in the lame-duck session of Congress that starts next week. But lawmakers would have to hang around longer than some might like: The military’s study on the proposed repeal isn’t due till December 1.
At least worth a shot? That’s the best the White House can do?
And, so what if lawmakers have to hang around. They’re still getting paid and there’s work to be done.
We need much stronger language from the White House here. Much stronger How about something like: the President wants the Defense bill, with the DADT language, on his desk before Congress adjourns. And, he’s going to pull out all the stops to make sure that happens. This one should be a no-brainer. The President can say that it’s the least Congress can do for the men and women who are willing to die for the rest of us. He’s got the moral high ground, strong public support and the bully pulpit. Use them all.
“At least worth a shot.” That makes my head hurt.