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Former Clinton aide Richard Socarides sat down with Keith Olbermann to discuss Lady Gaga, the DADT cloture vote tomorrow, and its chances.

Says Socarides: "If [those who want to hold off repeal] accomplish this, it will be a horrific fraud on the American people and really a massive failure of leadership at the Pentagon, at Congress, and even at the White House, because they waited too long."


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  1. I could do without the huge glasses.

    Posted by: Daveny | Sep 20, 2010 9:51:28 PM

  2. sure, cuz that's what's important, right?

    Posted by: dattexas | Sep 20, 2010 10:38:11 PM

  3. I can't whip much interest in who gets to kill for our imperial war machine.

    Posted by: Bill W | Sep 20, 2010 10:49:14 PM

  4. Horrific fraud...yep that's the Obama admin all right!

    Posted by: Kurt | Sep 20, 2010 11:42:30 PM

  5. I sympathize with LBGT Americans, your president is turning into an awful disappointment. Still he's better than the alternative I suppose.

    Posted by: Tone | Sep 20, 2010 11:48:17 PM

  6. I watched both Olbermann and Maddow tonight and they both seemed almost happily surprised and perhaps a little perplexed that at this stage in the game the real leadership, the real "fierce advocate" for the repeal of DADT was not an elected leader but a 24 year old popstar. I'm not trying to impugn the hard work that so many others have committed to this cause or in anyway give the Lady credit for the hopeful repeal, but my God she has done more in the past few weeks to advance equality, to shine a bright light on both the legislative process and those who are holding up real change for political and homophobic purposes, and move the conversation ahead than anyone I can think of.

    Brava, Gaga! Brava!

    Posted by: SKOC211 | Sep 21, 2010 12:06:01 AM

  7. Well, in all due fairness, Gaga does not have to stand for re-election, and the people who put bread on her table are not barbaric neanderthals, but by-and-large a youngish crowd of forward thinkers. She's really got nothing to lose.

    That's neither to forgive the craven politicians, nor to detract from Gaga's welcome fierce advocacy. Just to say that human nature is what it is, and those who fear losing power by seeming gay friendly will tend not to be too gay friendly.

    Mostly though, I'm with Bill W who posted earlier. I can't wait to get on to the more difficult items of ENDA and marriage equality - because I can't get too worked up on equal rights to be murderous dogs of war.

    80% of Americans may be willing to accept anyone as cannon fodder, but I wish more people were kept out of the military, not less.

    Posted by: Zlick | Sep 21, 2010 12:43:56 AM

  8. Thank You Gaga and also someone the blogs are not really talking about regarding DADT and Equality: CYNDI LAUPER. Please check out Cyndi's Give A Damn Campaign regarding DADT. Bravo Gaga! Bravo Cyndi!

    Posted by: Josh | Sep 21, 2010 1:42:39 AM

  9. The reason DADT is so important is that the military is the most conservative, self-disciplined segment of our society and their acceptance of gays to serve openly and honorably will pave the way for equality everywhere.

    Posted by: Major707 | Sep 21, 2010 3:21:40 AM

  10. gaga is like that. . .just hope for the best!lol

    Posted by: healy | Sep 21, 2010 4:27:58 AM

  11. Obama MUST do something about DADT. He ran on replacing DADT with an equality provision. Nearly half his presidency has gone (seriously, this guy's a one-termer) and he's done nothing concrete except DEFEND DADT in court.

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 21, 2010 6:14:16 AM

  12. We DON’T have 60 votes in the US Senate and we never have.

    National polls don’t do anything for Senators in States with high religious-intensity, in fact polling there has majorities against repeal.

    Calls, emails and faxes to politicians are useless. Anyone who thinks a US Senator tallies up calls and emails – instead of legitimate polling data – is just childish.

    Posted by: AndrewW | Sep 21, 2010 7:02:58 AM

  13. Where is Fraud-bama's "fierce advocacy" for our rights? Even Lady Gaga seems to be fiercer. You're a wimp, Mr President.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 21, 2010 9:13:24 AM

  14. Fierce? Obama's against gay marriage and is defending DOMA. Let me just say to those who voted for him instead of Hilary in the primary: told ya so!

    Posted by: wimsy | Sep 21, 2010 2:07:32 PM

  15. I am ashamed of Congress and getting unhappier with Obama by the day. I vigorously supported, had such high hopes. With a Dem President and majorities in Congress ALL we have to show for it is the hate crimes bill and a few edicts and memos. Obama and Reid have failed us. Isn't it a shame that a 24-year-old pop star shows more leadership on equality and liberties than our elected leaders?

    Posted by: Gaypenguin | Sep 21, 2010 9:42:49 PM

  16. The majority of Marines are unconcerned by potential repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”... Read the full story ( ) and find out the answers history gives for the following questions:

    - Why is the Commandant continuing to stonewall progress on repealing the discriminatory measure?

    - Will the Corps really have more problems than the other Services if this policy is repealed?

    - And is the war in Afghanistan a legitimate reason to delay repeal?

    Posted by: La Riposte | Nov 23, 2010 5:33:34 AM

  17. This is the third strike for the Phony Conservatives that fought to keep out of the military; African Americans, Women and now Gays, what a "Bunch Of Phonies" some of them are gay too.

    Posted by: Montana | Dec 18, 2010 3:25:29 PM

  18. Lady Gaga Vs. Senate Republicans on DADT
    I don't know if expressing one's opinion necessarily makes one a propagandist, but I would certainly dispute the notion that a repeal of DADT has nothing to do with national defense, or even the appropriations of funding for national defense. Every time a homosexual soldier is discharged for having that character trait, all the federal money that has gone into training them gets flushed down the toilet. And then they need to train others to replace them, which requires yet more funding. I, personally, don't think flushing money down the toilet in this way is good for our national defense or its budget. If anyone wants to tell me why this is incorrect, I'm all ears.

    Posted by: how to make your hair grow faster | Oct 9, 2011 11:04:40 PM

  19. Lady Gaga is campaigning once again for the repeal of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell.' The pop star released a new YouTube video calling on Congress to undo the controversial law that bans openly gay Americans from serving in the armed forces.

    The pop star, who earlier called for the law's repeal in a September speech, cited a recent slew of gay teenage suicides and called on Congress to set a better example for American youth.

    "Kids are being led to believe that it's OK to hate and condemn based on our differences," she said, "and this recent horrific news of gay suicides is really proof of our social repression and ultimately government repression that is killing our youth. We have to end this law because it reinforces discrimination and it's setting a bad example."

    Posted by: gov backlinks | Oct 17, 2011 9:46:17 PM

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