Hey, let's lower some expectations!

by: Adam Bink

Wed Jan 27, 2010 at 10:30


If you know anything about State of the Union speeches (or learned everything about them from watching The West Wing), you know everyone wants to get their issue mentioned in it, and if they do, that's A Very Big Deal.

The President: "And we need to make sure we do X!"

Advocates for X: "Yay!" pat each other on the back

Then much of the time, little or nothing gets done on X.

This morning, CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller wrote on Twitter:

On DADT, he's expected to call for gays to serve openly in the military.

A friend of mine, and no doubt lots of others, retweeted it as if it was A Very Big Deal. In truth, it's not, my friends. If my issue were, say, Electoral College reform, it would be A Very Big Deal. It would elevate attention dramatically, help me fundraise, etc. But on this issue, what is this, 2007? Obama calling for gays to serve openly in the military is nothing new, despite the forum. He, along with his press aides, have called for this over and over. What we need is action.

The President needs to do more than call for gays to serve openly. He needs to announce he will insert repeal language in the defense authorization bill he will submit to Congress in the next few months. Then, he needs to actually go out and round up the votes like he's doing on health care. Nothing less will suffice. If he does use the bully pulpit tonight as part of that case, great. That is part of it. But everyone should understand there's a difference between reiterating a policy commitment he made years ago, and announcing he will take action, then going out and doing it. If he does not do this, it will be a lot harder to pass repeal, and if he pushes it off until after we lose seats in the midterms, we may not have a chance at all.

You will tell how serious the President is about repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell not by a bland, fleeting mention, but by what he does to go out and get it done, and that needs to start tonight.

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"round up the votes . . (4.00 / 1)
 . .like he's doing on health care."

Have I missed some news on that front?


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Provisions like a public option, that's different. But they have spent time lobbying individual members to get a bill passed.


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Democrats will either legislate (4.00 / 3)
or they will not be reelected.

Evergetic 18-29 year olds who provided the extraordinary margin of victory in '08 have given up, by and large, throughout the country. They won't be doing GOTV unless they have jobs and reasons to be resolute in opposition to Republicans.

That's the ball game. Talking the talk is not walking the walk, and the President is only offering cheap talk on real reform and real job creation. He is simply too moderate for the times in which we live. He is not confronting the mortality on the domestic and international prairie.

Far too many people are dying through this great recession.

They only call it class war when we fight back.


I'm starting to think of the Obama Presidency... (4.00 / 3)
...as the "Bataan Death March" of Neoliberalism. What's clear is Obama lied through his teeth when he postured as a Keynsian progressive.  

"Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it." - Mark Twain

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"Obama calling for gays to serve openly in the military" under DADT? (0.00 / 0)
Is he nuts? Uh, yeah, ok, probably is, I know. And this is even more evidence. Because this call is totally nonsensiscal. Gays can't do aynthing to change the situation. Serving openly right now is a direct way out of the military. Obama can change that, but he doesn't. He should do his effing homework instead of talking such nonsense, dammit!

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