Kudos to Rep. Tauscher for introducing this legislation and at least getting the ball rolling.
It is precisely the sort of knife fight no president wants to get into, especially in his first 100 days. But it seems that President Barack Obama is about to get dragged down the same dark alley as Bill Clinton when he was forced to confront the highly charged issue of gays in the military early in his term.
On Monday, buoyed by a stronger Democratic majority in Congress, Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher (D-Calif.) will introduce legislation to overturn the ban against homosexuals serving openly in the military, a Tauscher aide said.
Clinton’s handling of the issue was widely condemned, and the entire fiasco became a textbook example of the sort of avoid-at-all-cost political controversy that can seriously undermine a new president. For Clinton, it knocked him off message, sapped him of auathority, damaged his popularity ratings and left him with a reputation for being wishy-washy that stuck.
And it left the military with a policy that no one really likes â€” the â€œdon’t ask, don’t tellâ€ regulation that allows gays to serve in the military, as long as they don’t flout their homosexuality.
It will be interesting to see how Obama handles this tactically and politically.Â There have been very mixed media reports since November on if and when Obama would tackle DADT.
There is a discussion at Pam’s House Blend on this development.Â Â Feel free to join, and bring those folks over here, too!
Maybe I should post a count-up clock on how many days since Inauguration until DADT is repealed?Â Does anyone know how to build such a widget?