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This post goes out to my liberal friends. Not all of them. But they know who they are. They are the idiots who were going around saying that if you disagreed with or wouldn’t vote for Barack Obama then you were a racist. [roll eyes…]
On its face, that is a totally ignorant statement. But let’s follow their line of thinking for a second. So if disagreeing with and refusing to vote for Obama means one is a racist, then shouldn’t the same work for disagreeing with and refusing to vote for Allen West? Are the people of Florida’s 18th Congressional District racist? No. Are they many of the people who called Congressman West an Uncle Tom? Perhaps. But let’s actually call a spade a spade…so to speak. Does it only work when criticizing a black liberal? Are black conservatives not afforded the same rigorous defense? [still rolling eyes…]
Now we have a member of the House Democrat
ic leadership saying words such as “incompetent” are code words for racism. Give me a fucking break! In the case of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, the use of the term incompetent is code for lacking the qualities needed for effective action.
David Duke is a racist. There are many things you can call Senator John McCain, but that ain’t one of them.
Last night on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, they offered a Public Service Announcement for Senator McCain; an iteration of the “It Gets Better” campaign talking about the ever moving line in the sand that Sen. John McCain has put forth in dealing with the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT).
Does anyone else see the irony of the Obama Administration pursuing in court to try to overturn what Judge Phillips has ruled, given that Obama himself has repeatedly said that he wants to end this policy?
As of last week, DADT has been declared unconstitutional. It’s dead! The only way to revive it is to appeal it to the 9th Circuit with the hopes that a lame duck Congess will act on it. And we already know that Sen. John McCain has vowed to single-handedly filibuster it in the Senate.
When Dan Choi is not out being a media whore, he makes a great point in that “Obama should focus his attention on crafting an executive order instituting a non-discrimination policy.”
Okay fine, it wasn’t really a date. She spoke last night at GW last night. But we had drinks at Hotel Palomar afterwards. Okay, fine — there four other people there too. Pesky details.
But suffice it to say that I did have an enjoyable time.
I must say, before last night, I was a little on the fence with Meghan. I was of the mindset that she only had a platform because of who her father was. And she owned it. She was like, ‘I can’t change the fact that my dad is a United States Senator and ran for president. But I can use said platform to bring about CIVIL discourse, and true equality for all.’
She was a guest speaker at the George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium. The event was sponsored by several university groups and the national Log Cabin Republicans. And the event wasn’t without controversy.
There was a protest of about 15-20 Young Americans for Freedom members. But don’t be fooled. This wasn’t your parents’ protest. These YAFers had cake…and lemonade. What the hell kind of a protest is that? There was also a counter protest of Meghan supporters who were double in numbers.
The crux of Meghan’s speech was to redefine Republicanism; to make room in the party for diverse viewpoints and ideological differences. A viewpoint I share with her.
Too many on the right invoke Ronald Reagan’s name when talking about conservative ideas and principles. But Reagan wasn’t just a loadstone for conservatives. He was so for moderates, independents and even Democrats. Reagan use to refer to America as that shining city on a hill. But to the chagrin of many on the right, that shining city is not a gated community.
But back to my date…
After her speech and Q&A session, there was a brief reception where sponsors and supporters were able to get their picture snap with the guest of honor. Once we had our turn, she turned and whispered to us, “Let’s grab a drink after this.”
Did I mention she loves her Log Cabin gays?
So we met up at the Hotel Palomar bar and had a few adult beverages and some light flare.
We talked about politics and pop culture and all things gay in DC. It was a lovely time. And by the end of the night, Meghan had won herself a new fan.
Matt Corley over at thinkprogress.org has a great post about former Vice President Dick Cheney’s comments this morning on ABC’s This Week about the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.
The former VP says that he is deferring to military judgment in supporting the repeal.
However, some on the left are calling the move gutless. Mike Signorile, who has a talk show on Sirius XM tweeted me this morning asking “Why didn’t Cheney get it done under both Bushes? He was Defense Secy and VP. Never had guts on this.”
I quickly reminded him that DADT wasn’t in place when Cheney was Defense Secretary. And that Cheney said when military leaders say it’s time to change the policy, he’d agree.
This is in stark contrast to grandpa McCain, who once said he would listen to military leaders on this issue, now to rebuke them when they say it’s time to lift the ban.
I hope to have more debate and dialogue with Mike. While we are on complete opposite sides on most issues, he seems to at least be a thinking man.
The reason is simple. Your word no longer stands for anything. You’re a hypocrite. In the infamous words of Rep. Joe Wilson, “YOU LIE!”
In October 2006, Senator McCain, you said that the day that the leadership of the military came to and said the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy ought to change, you would “seriously” consider changing it.
In an interview with the former Washington Blade in 2008, you said you would “defer to our military commanders” on the issue. That happened this week.
Back in 1999, you said,
“I support the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy because Gen. Colin Powell, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, all of the military leaders that I respect and admire came up with this policy … They thought it was the best way to address a very difficult problem within our military.”
And just last year, you said,
“My opinion is shaped by the view of the leaders of the military. The reason why I supported the policy to start with is because General Colin Powell, who was then the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is the one that strongly recommended we adopt this policy in the Clinton administration. I have not heard General Powell or any of the other military leaders reverse their position.”
Well guess what Senator McCain? That too, happened this week. General Powell has reversed his position.
“In the almost seventeen years since the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” legislation was passed, attitudes and circumstances have changed. The principal issue has always been the effectiveness of the Armed Forces and order and discipline in the ranks. I strongly believe that this is a judgment to be made by the current military leadership and the Commander in Chief. It is also a judgment Congress must make. For the past two years, I have expressed the view that it was time for the law to be reviewed by Congress. I fully support the new approach presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee this week by Secretary of Defense Gates and Admiral Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. I will be closely following future hearings, the views of the Service Chiefs and the implementation work being done by the Department of Defense.”
So you are now drawing a new line. But so am I. I will support former Congressman J.D. Hayworth in his efforts to send you off into retirement. It’s a long shot, but one well worth taking.
Your leadership has grown sour. Your effectiveness has been diminished. It’s time for you to go!
In spite what John McCain and Senate Republicans on the Armed Services Committee (minus Sen. Susan Collins) would have you believe, not all supporters of the Grand Ole Party are opposed to repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
Below are just three examples since the conclusion of the hearings yesterday. Two are from conservative columnists and one is about a senior Senator who is a devout Mormon.
This is not to say that my entire party is in support of this Obama initiative, just to show that we are changing hearts and minds — one heart, one mind, one day at a time.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Sen. Hatch said today that he’s open to repealing DADT, a key signal that the repeal might get true bipartisan support. Maine Senator Susan Collins already supports the repeal.
Hatch told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that he doesn’t agree with most of the arguments against repeal. “I just do not believe in prejudice of any kind,” he said.
Charles Krauthammer, on Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier 02/02/10
“I think it is a good idea and I think the Administration’s approach, which is a gradual approach, is the right one – which is to study how to do it over a year, and then to implement it over years.
“Remember when the armed forces were racially integrated in 1948, it was over five years. Now I don’t think these are equivalent entities, but in terms of adaptation, you are going to want a period of time.
“The mores in the country have changed, certainly in the last 16 years, and certainly among the young. I think it’s a form of discrimination that’s out lived itself.
“The British, Australian, and Canadians, who have serious armies, have already done this. I think we ought to study how it should be done in the most reasonable way, but I think it’s a good idea to get it underway and get it started.”
Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard, on Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier 02/02/10
“I also think personally that this is a policy that’s outlived its usefulness. I don’t think that there is a reason that a proud patriotic gay or lesbian American shouldn’t be able to serve, shouldn’t be able to choose to put his or her life at risk in order to defend the country.
“You’ve heard these horror stories about Arabic linguists who haven’t been able to serve or have had their service cut short because of their sexual orientation when you’ve got a deep need for that kind of skill set in the military. On its surface, it doesn’t make any sense.
“But I also agree that this will take time. It will take a lot of time. As this process moves forward, people need to be very clear about the implications.”
Today, the Senate Armed Services Committee met to discuss a myriad of military issues, mostly pertaining to the budget. But the last hour of the four-hour session dealt specifically on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, a Clinton era policy and law. The hearing room was packed, and quite star-studded. Lt. Daniel Choi was there, as was MSNBC prime time queen Rachel Maddow.
The political gay left and right were also among those present. I saw members of Stonewall Democrats, GOPROUD, and a few other Log Cabin Republicans other than myself.
In testimony today Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the military is seeking a repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on military service by openly gay personnel.
Gates said that he fully supported the President’s decision, and Mullen took the additional step in say that he personally was in support of lifting the ban.
Gates went on to say that should the law be changed, the military needed to review the issues associated with properly implementing a repeal of DADT.
I don’t think a full repeal is something that can happen over night. But it is also that something that shouldn’t take four or five years to implement, as it did with racial integration. I applaud the Secretary’s desire to get it right the first time around. In answering a question of why it would take a working group a year, Gates said that the group would mitigate and manage any negative impact that would come from any repeal. He said we must get this right and that there needs to be minimal disruption of the forces. He went on to say that the branches must proceed in a manner that examines all issues.
Admiral Mullen was more passionate. He said it was the right thing to do; that it came down to integrity. He went on to say in his prepared remarks that there are people on both sides of the debate that speak as if there is no debate.
I was really disappointed (but not surprised) by the comments and line of questions from the Republican senators.
Senator McCain said that he was disappointed in by Secretary Gate’s statement. George Senator Saxby Chambliss said that the ‘live and let live’ motto offered by Colorado Senator Mark Udall is exactly what DADT offers. Sadly, he is terribly mistaken.
Maine’s Senator Susan Collins asked if openly serving allied forces in Afghanistan and Iraq caused any trouble for morale or troop cohesion, to which both Gates and Mullen said that it had not. Furthermore, Adm. Mullen said that NATO allies have said there is no impact on military effectiveness on allowing gays to serve
Mullen expressed his personal view against the policy in the hearing. The policy is likely to remain in place, however, pending a review that is expected to take up to a year. While repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will require a vote in Congress, Gates did say that enforcement of the current policy will be conducted “in a fairer manner.”
NEW JERSEY (Republican pick up) –
Republicans will say that Jon Corzine was a failed governor who reneged on his promises to reign in property taxes and argued endlessly with the state legislature, which often resulted in stalemates. Here as well, the GOP will point to the fact that New Jersey is and has been a blue state for quite some time. President Obama handily won the state by 15 points against Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). So the 20 point swing, in spite of POTUS going to the state five times to campaign for Corzine shows that even in the deep blue something that is New Jersey, Obama-fatigue has set in. They will say the results were a rejection of the president’s policies.
Democrats will say… well, they won’t know quite what to say. They had thought all along that they could pull this one out. They had thought by making robo-calls on behalf of Daggett, the independent candidate, they could cipher votes away from fatso, I mean, Christie. They will instead focus on NY-23
Bottom Line: The fat lady has sung for Jon Corzine. Oh, and by the by, in 2009, Obama carried NJ independents 51-47. Christie demolished Corzine among indies, 58-31. Could it have been something to do with corruption in the state? Things that make you go, hmmmmm.
More to come later… tired. Must. Get. Sleep!
Good morning! Yesterday was a very important day, politically speaking. It often is, one year removed from the election of a new President. There will be plenty of chatter today, tomorrow, next week, and well into the 2010 election cycle as a result of November 3, 2009. I would like to offer up what I think that spin will be.
I may be on point, or simply talking out of my ass. But I’ve seen this game before, and it goes something like this.
VIRGINIA (Republican pick up) –
Republicans will say that this race was a referendum on Washington, DC & the tax-and-spend Democrats running Congress, as well as the Obama Administration. They will point to the fact that for the first time in twelve years, Republicans swept all statewide offices. They will counter Democrats efforts to paint Deeds’ loss as to running away from a popular president and managing a bad campaign by pointing to the fact that they did indeed swept all state races and increased their majorities in the House of Delegates.
Democrats will say many things, including aforementioned Obama popularity and running a poor campaign. They will try to paint this as a sequel to the 2004 horror movie Evil Deeds. They will also point to the fact that Deeds had a 3-way primary, where McDonnell had none, which allowed him to easily run towards the center.
Bottom Line: Deeds was babababa-bad…bad to the bone, and McDonnell was on message…non-stop! McDonnell didn’t let the revelation of his college thesis derail him. He stayed on message and said his opponent was going negative because he had nothing positive to offer except for raising taxes in the Commonwealth – a troubled spot for Deeds that just kept on giving.
McDonnell ran TV ads ad nauseam throughout Northern Virginia of Deeds taking questions from a reporter, first saying that he under no circumstances would race taxes, then almost in the same breath admitted that he would more than likely raise taxes. That cost him dearly in Democrat-rich Northern Virginia.
An interesting twist from exit polls showed that 12% of Obama voters supported McDonnell, while just 5% of McCain voters went to Deeds.