It took a WaPo editorial, but Sullivan is finally on board:
The WaPo is right about this: the president is not responsible for not legislating something; and everything the gay rights movement wants is a legislative act right now. So aim the pressure at the appropriate people. Why does Nancy Pelosi believe the US should still be firing soldiers solely because they’re gay? Has anyone put her on the spot about that lately?
The last few days have been crazy. I was talking to a friend via email, and he said, essentially, that the squeaky wheel gets the grease- look at the NRA. To which I can only respond, I never recall Wayne LaPierre going on television, or writing a story, or screaming from a blog, that Bush was “just words” and “worse than Clinton.” He would never do that, because he recognized that Bush was on the NRA’s side on these issues. Instead, he and his establishment would lobby congress and spend money trying shape public opinion. A crazy idea, I know. There is a lesson here.
Meanwhile, it turns out that outside the chorus of the professionally angry, people who are actually in the know understood that the administration was working to end DADT and wasn’t just words:
Shortly after President Barack Obama pledged Saturday to end “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the Administration’s highest-ranking LGBT official said the White House is speaking with certain senators about strategies for repealing the policy — specifically Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“On ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ this administration is talking directly to the Hill — we are in direct discussions with Senator Lieberman,” John Berry, the director of the Office of Personnel Management, told The Advocate.***
Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the repeal lobby group Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, said during a symposium two weeks ago that he believed a bill was only weeks from introduction.
Though Sarvis said he preferred a bipartisan track, he added, “A number of other Democrats are ready for bill introduction and I suspect we may soon have a Senate bill introduced.”
Now I’m sure the usual suspects will claim that the little shit fit from the last 48 hours is the driving force behind this (I’m imagining fifty self-congratulatory and misguided “SEE, THEY LISTENED” posts), but as you can see, the head of the SLDN has known for quite some time that work was underway for a repeal of DADT.
I suppose it is probably pointless to note that the people who have been most obnoxious the last 48 hours probably were also berating Obama for not knee-capping Lieberman a while back.