Over the past few weeks, I have become increasingly pessimistic about the prospects for DADT repeal in the coming year. Earlier in the year, seeing the Administration taking the necessary first steps toward repeal, I had thought they were developing a strategy, first to get the military brass on board, then to push repeal through Congress.
Seemed things were moving in the right direction.
Right now, however, DADT repeal just doesn’t seem it’s a priority for this president. Part of the problem is that his team wants to use the time his party has such big majorities to push forward their big government initiatives, expanding the power of the state while they have the chance. DADT repeal doesn’t further that end. Indeed, it actually limits the power of the state rather than increases it.
Not just that, the president’s party has nothing to gain politically by repeal.
Democrats know they won’t lose the gay vote if they betray this promise to the gay community. Joe Solmonese won’t be any less enthusiastic in his support for the Democratic Party or any less obsequious in his obeisance to and admiration of Obama if his fellow partisan continues to offer only lip service and make token gestures (including extending White House invitations to) the gay community.
In her piece on gay conservatives for the Washington Blade, new GOProud board member Jessica Lee pretty much sums it up:
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is the most dramatic and disappointing example of the Democrats’ failure. Despite overwhelming public support for repeal, Congress is at an impasse on the issue and the administration of our “fierce advocate,” despite his promise to repeal, is now urging Congress not to vote for repeal this year.
It is clear the gay community is taken for granted by the Democratic Party. No matter how much money we give them or how many doors we knock on for their candidates our issues are never a priority. And not until we make Democrats compete for our money and our votes will they be.