First, let me thank Nick for coming back to blogging at exactly the right time (almost in the same way Athene appears to the various Greek heroes–at the right time with the right tool or counsel). I’ve been in a kind of reflective mood this weekend and have not had much energy to blog, so very much appreciate Nick’s various posts on DADT repeal.
I will shortly offer some thoughts to offer on who really shone in the movement for repeal. For now, I’ll just single out Aubrey Sarvis of Service Members Legal Defense Network (SLDN) for reasons I articulated in this post: unlike leaders of other gay organizations in the nation’s capital, he, even in the heyday of Obama’s Washington, was reaching out to Republicans. I believe that it is in large part due to those efforts that eight Republicans backed repeal, including the two most junior Republicans in the Senate.
Without Republican votes — and without the active involvement of Maine Republican Susan Collins, repeal would not have happened.
Just a quick note that our LA dinner with be this Tuesday, December 21. After fixing the date, I realized that it is the same date as Scott Schmidt’s campaign kickoff at Eleven, 8811 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. So, I’ll push back our start time until 7:30 to accommodate those who want to attend Scott’s event and those who want to avoid rush-hour traffic.
If I haven’t already given you the details, please drop me a note and I will.