One of the smartest moves this Administration has made has been to delegate to the 2000 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee the task of introducing the bill to repeal Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell. And yesterday, that good man introduced legislation to that effect:
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) introduced the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, legislation that would lift the ban and prohibit discrimination against gay service members. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) said he expects his panel to take up the measure in May as part of the annual defense authorization bill.
Given the respect the soon-to-be senior Senator from the Nutmeg State enjoys in military circles, advocates for repeal (including yours truly) could better make the argument that repeal won’t compromise military readiness or unit cohesion.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it was a smart move to put Lieberman at the forefront of this effort.
Now, let’s hope that where there’s a will, there will be a way. And that the superextended vote on health care won’t sap the energy out of Congres from moving forward on repeal.