1. Continuum says

    Reid has demonstrated over and over and over again that he is an incompetent majority leader.

    Reid has compromised key legislation to meaningless bits of paper in order to get his own Dems to vote “yes” on leglislation from health care to financial reform.

    Reid has sacrificed many vital reforms in order to garner a couple of Republican votes, who in the end voted against the legislation anyway.

    I would not expect Reid to stand tough against any Republican conservative opposition in the repeal of DADT.

    In other words, with Reid and the other spineless Dems, I wouldn’t be holding my breath waiting for a change.

  2. jason says

    The biggest hurdle isn’t the Republicans, it’s the Democrats. The Democrats have had 2 fucking years to repeal DADT but did nothing. Zero, nadda, zippo.

    Rumor has it that Obama didn’t want to offend Islamic countries in which US troops are now serving. He didn’t want to repeal DADT and thus offend Islamists.

  3. says

    DADT has been declared unconsitutional. The lawyer in that case has stated that its scope is nationwide. DADT is already dead. All of this noise surrounding a bill that doesn’t even repeal DADT is to cover up the fact that our bigoted, homophobic president will appeal that ruling. Reid does exactly as he’s told. We should be encouraging our senators to drop the DADT language in this bill, because it is no longer necessary.

  4. ravewulf says

    I don’t know how others feel, but I’d like to concentrate on the court case that found DADT unconstitutional and then they can do whatever they want with the defense bill.

  5. Steve says

    I think it’s important that DADT is removed legislatively if possible. People already complain about judicial activism and the military always whines if they can’t do things without any outside interference. But doing this with a vote is probably smoother.

    If it fails, there is still the court system. It will probably take some months before the LCR case will be final and even longer if it’s appealed. So that’s always an option.

  6. Jerry says

    Good ol’ Harry Reid has loaded the Defense Authorization Act with two poison pills (the Dream Act, & money for a new fighter jet engine), in addition to the politically unpopular repeal of DADT (among some democrats and republicans in tough races in the midterm elections), that ample reason has been provided on both sides of the aisle to vote against passage. Continuing resolutions can provide defense funding on an ‘as needed’ basis, even if the act fails to pass because of a republican filibuster. But Pres. Obama can still do the right thing: order the DoJ to stop all attempts at appeal of Judge Phillips’ holding that DADT is unconstitutional. That would stop enforcement, and make it possible for Obama to keep the promise he made.

  7. BobN says

    “politically unpopular repeal of DADT (among some democrats and republicans in tough races in the midterm elections)”

    Uh.. if it’s only “unpopular” to Republicans in tough races, why is the entire party opposed?

  8. says


    More than a year ago he asked Obama to use his legal powers to stop discharges in the name of national security, and wrote a letter to him that fall begging Obama for Presidential leadership to help end the ban.

    Obama ignored BOTH requests.

    Such an freeze order [authorized by Congress under 10 USC 12305] would not only have saved HUNDREDS more like Dan Choi from being discharged but after a year and a half in which the sky did NOT fall, no one, Repug or Dem homohaters like Jim Webb of VA, would have uttered a peep against repeal.

    Not only did Obama REFUSE to do that, not only is he letting his DOJ defend DADT AGAIN THIS VERY WEEK in the retrial of Margaret Witt, but he forced our allies in Congress in May to throw out the Military Readiness Enchancement Act leaving an amendment that does NOT require “repeal” of the law even IF passed nor requires an END to discharges even if Gates does let him “certify” repeal of the law itself.

    The Kool Aid turned out to be toxic.

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