So, how much "work" will be involved?This year -- this year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. It's the right thing to do.If your heart still flutters at the sound of words like this, you should really get it checked. 2009 was a squandered year for gay equality. Now 2010 starts with a pledge to "work" on the problem. It can't really be fact-checked and can't easily be broken.
But the timing is suspect from the get-go.
But the politics of this issue are pretty clear, and so after pledging to repeal DADT and pledging and promising and promising, Obama's big step on this issue for the gay community is to say, "Now is precisely the moment for all of you red-state and red-district Democrats to vote to end 'don't ask, don't tell,' nine months before an election that's already looking miserable for our side." Somehow, I suspect they'll be less than fully enthusiastic.Because why bother to do anything for gays when they vote for you (and give you lots of cash) even when you throw them - repeatedly - under the bus? He will make a little noise, and when it fails it will be B.I.O.B. - Blame It On Bush.
I predict the Dems will be running on DADT, and raising money on it, for a long time.