So the president is set to make a “historic” speech to the Petty Queer Establishment’s flagship organization. Might as well stay home and watch the “$1.98 Beauty Show.” I’ll supply the confetti.
On the agenda Saturday night:
Obama could give a date for signing hate crimes legislation — Matthew Shepherd’s mother will be among the speakers — or he could come out against a marriage ban in Maine, which gay leaders have been pressing him to do.
How gutsy. Too bad the only beneficiaries will be gays living in Maine. With all due respect to Mrs. Shepherd, hate crimes legislation does nothing to advance equality. Saves lives, you say? If you believe that you must also view the death penalty as a deterrent. I remain unconvinced.
How ’bout repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?” No less an authority than the Pentagon advocates abolishing the Clinton-era policy — why not Obama?
He certainly won’t feel any pressure from the HRC/PQE crowd, most of whom will be too busy networking to notice the president’s cowardice — or their own.