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.”