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Monday, May 24, 2010

Nancy Pelosi Pledges Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell by Christmas. Hmmm.

Posted By on Mon, May 24, 2010 at 9:30 AM

I can't wait for Christmas. The holiday means nothing to me ordinarily, but this year I'm going to put my stockings on the mantle early. Does anyone know where I can get a blue spruce in May?

Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the headlining act last Friday night at the Equality California fund raising event at the LGBT Center in the Castro to launch Harvey Milk Day. To a roomful of adoring gays, a spasmodic Pelosi said, "Don't ask don't tell -- I feel quite certain -- will be a memory come Christmas."

As if that declaration weren't enough, Nancy Claus (or is it Santa Pelosi?) also described her strategy to push three top LGBT matters -- repeals of DADT and the Defense of Marriage Act and passing the Employment Non Discrimination Act -- in the same way she passed health care reform; by pushing through the gate, climbing the fence, pole vaulting, and interpretive dance. She is going to be relentless.

I've already started playing Bing Crosby records. 

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Dan Choi probably isn't dancing on the streets yet about Nancy Pelosi's promise to end a ban on open gays serving in the military
The funny thing about all that encouraging hot air is that key LGBT provisions were axed from the final health care reform bill just passed and yet no one gave Pelosi any feedback about that Friday night. At least one prominent voice -- Dan Choi -- remembers that Pelosi has a bad track record when it comes to pushing back against an obstinate military.

The Friday night crowd was gathered at the LGBT Center to fawn over the woman and her political party, as usual. Like a gathering of devoted Justin Bieber infants, these people love Nancy Pelosi because they know she loves them back (go to the 30-second mark). It really is kind of sad.

Reality is like that sometimes, though.

Anyone who is paying attention should understand that waiting seven months to deliver on the repeal makes it easier for Pelosi to pass the buck. The midterm elections happen in early November. There is an expectation that the majority held by Democrats in Congress will erode this fall. With fewer seats under Democratic Party control it seems unlikely that a Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal would have support in November or December.

A repeal also won't happen when campaign season is in full swing in September or October. During August, the House is in recess. That leaves June and July to define what Pelosi means when she says, "come Christmas" there will be a repeal. Christmas in July!

Pelosi also told The Hill last week that a DADT repeal will happen "by the end of this year." Although confident, Pelosi is not indicating how she will manage the repeal effort. She must also consider the nervous nellies that comprise her majority in the House. The Hill says, "Many in the party see the advancement of (DADT) as a blatant affront to the Speaker's pledge early this year that she would force no more tough votes without the Senate first leading the way."

These proud Democrats are real profiles in courage.

click to enlarge Dan Choi isn't expecting anything meaningful in his Christmas sock - @LTDANCHOI
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  • Dan Choi isn't expecting anything meaningful in his Christmas sock

I don't know who is more contemptible: The Democrats in office who repeatedly make love to the LGBT community during election year because they want money and votes then stab us in the back; or the foolish LGBTs who believe the lies.

More shall be revealed this week when a military funding bill will be debated and a repeal of DADT could be attached. Pelosi won't commit to the repeal passing that way or as a separate bill. Furthermore, no one knows what President Barack Obama would do if the repeal were delivered to him in either way.

Would Obama sign a repeal on DADT if it were to arrive on his desk in the next eight weeks? That would make Defense Secretary Robert Gates cry like a Justin Bieber fan.

Gates wants more time to tape his ass cheeks together before having to be associated with the gays. He's terrified! The administration is in disarray over this. Obama has turned into Garbo. Gates is standing on a chair with his skirt in his hands and yet the gays are convinced that their big gift is coming by Christmas. There's no need to be afraid.

Just ask Nancy Pelosi. She'll tell you.

And while you are listening to her, make your check out to EQCA (that's spelled E-Q-C-A).

Patrick Connors is an uppity fag from San Francisco who plans to continue being naughty and give the Democrats nothing.

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