Don’t Ask, Don’t Hold Your Breath

Jim Burroway

October 12th, 2009

This is David Morgan characterizing CBS News Chief Political Correspondent John Dickerson’s description of the administration’s prioritization of repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.

John Dickerson says the message from the administration is: Don’t hold your breath.

The indication from the White House is they want to show the president is still committed to this, but that it’s further down on the list of priorities,” Dickerson told “Early Show” anchor Harry Smith. “He’s got a lot in front of him, and the big question is how much political capital he’ll put behind this. Will he pressure Congress? Will he pressure the Pentagon?

“There’s just no indication right now that he’s going to spend his political capital in that way.”

This didn’t come from a White House Staffer, named or unnamed. It’s Morgan’s summation of Dickerson’s observations, which is consistent with what we’ve seen so far. No political capital.

Lindoro Almaviva

October 12th, 2009

OK, let me try to understand this:

We are in a time of war…
The commanders in those war fronts are seriously understaffed…
The commanders of said war fronts are begging for more soldiers…
The military will continue dismissing soldiers because they are gay…

Makes sense to me.


Richard W. Fitch

October 12th, 2009

With approximately 70% of the voters in favor of repeal and the military printing op-eds both in MSM and their own journals calling for repeal, how much ‘political capital’ does Obama need to persuade Congress that DADT no longer serves any viable purpose ….. as though it ever did?????

Leonard Drake

October 12th, 2009

I don’t know whether I am actually at the point of switching parties (from either Democratic to Independent, or Democratic to Green), but…

I, for one, am growing sick and tired of being used for my “capital” at election time, promised the LGBT community will not be forgotten by the Democratic party at the Federal level, and when a wonderful opportunity now arrives, “there is no indication that [Obama]’s going to spend his political capital in that way.” Once again, the LGBT community has been swept back into the political closet of “‘that’ way.”

When will this change? If DADTDP is NOT acted upon soon, I fear interest will fade in the next Congressional session, as the focus of our Congressional Representatives and Senators will turn toward reelection efforts and not actual “representation.”


October 12th, 2009

Do these guys look at the polls at all? Getting rid of DADT would win them serious points and show they aren’t a bunch of do-nothings. How can they pass up such a slam dunk?

Democrats are morons, period.


October 12th, 2009

Can he not just sign an executive order? How much political capital does that take? I think he’s stalling until he gets elected again. Giving the gays rights might turn away some votes, after all.


October 12th, 2009

Obama lied. Why is anyone surprised?

Richard Rush

October 12th, 2009

My understanding is that Obama does NOT have the authority to end DADT by executive order, but that he DOES have the authority to impose a moratorium on the discharge (firing) of gay soldiers. Is that correct?


October 12th, 2009

RichardRush, you are correct. Obama could sign a “stop loss order” which would put a halt to the pursuit of any further investigations and dismissals of service members during a time of war. He could have done that on his first day in office but he doesn’t seem to have the moral courage to do the right thing unless it’s going to get him something.

If he signed the stop loss order it would halt the threat to gay service members for the moment and then he could give a nudge to congress about making repeal of DADT a priority. It’s not as if they would have a fight on their hands from constituents since a vast majority of the public (even the conservative public) thinks that DADT is a pointless policy that needs to go!

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