I doubt I’ll have much time to write about the victory of Charles Djou in the special election to represent the congressional district where the president was born. While many Democrats think they will be able to win the seat back given that the Republican won only a 39.4% plurality as Democrats Colleen Hanabusa and Ed Case divided the Democratic vote, gathering 58.4% combined, they forget that Djou has roots in the district and that voters just might give a new Congressman the benefit of the doubt come November.
All that said, it’s important to note that Djou supports repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell (DADT). Now, with a Republican certain to have a high profile in Washington on the record in favor of repeal, perhaps he can try to win over some members of his partisan caucus.
With Speaker Pelosi eager to carry water for an Administration increasingly reluctant to move forward on repeal, it’s going to take a coalition of congressional backbenchers to move the issue.
And maybe it will be unusual coalitions with Republicans like Djou and Democrats concerned with keeping a promise to a core constituency and to doing the right thing.