Got a letter from Sen. Manchin today in response to my phone call, and it contained this explanation:
“I would like to make clear that my hesitation is not with the idea of repealing the policy itself, but with the timing of the repeal.”
It goes on, but that is the thrust of it. I still think that is a bullshit excuse, and people saying it will be difficult for the military to implement this policy just simply do not understand the military at all. If the brass orders the implementation of this policy, everyone below them will make it happen. It’s really that simple. Compared to all the other things these guys are forced to do on a moment’s notice, this is a nothing burger. It really is.
On the other hand, in all my years of calling and emailing Senators and Congresscritters, this is absolutely the first time I have ever been mailed a confirmation that my opinions were duly noted, so there is that. As good a use of the franking privilege as I can think of- letting people think you listened to them.