Speaking before the Human Rights Campaign Saturday night, Barack Obama promised to end DADT, though he didn’t say when. How ’bout now?
So why the delay? And why the pass from the gay Stepin Fetchits of the Petty Queer Establishment?
Andrew Sullivan takes them to task:
HRC, of course, is putting no pressure on him; Joe Solmonese’s disgraceful email actually took all pressure off him by saying he’d be happy to wait till 2017 for HRC to hold Obama accountable. HRC are putting pressure, as they always have, on gay people to go to the back of the line and be grateful a president attends their fundraising event. The only word for this is a racket. And if gay people do not rise up and demand change from this organization and stop funding a group whose goal has always been to sell the Democrats to gay people rather than secure civil rights, then they will continue to suffer the discrimination they live under day after day.
I’m not among those disappointed with Obama’s failure to enact a Daily Kos agenda. But his stedfast refusal to stand up for what’s so clearly right — whether that be unequivocally supporting the student revolutionaries in Iran, meeting with the Dalai Lama or ending government-endorsed discrimination — is troubling.
Sometimes you have to spend political capital to make political capital.