Tonight is HRC’s National Dinner featuring White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.
A year ago, President Obama spoke at the dinner promising, among other things, repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” A year later, repeal remains in limbo, ENDA is DOA and DOMA repeal hasn’t been mentioned since the 2008 campaign.
We don’t know what Jarrett will say in defense of the Democrats and the administration, but one thing’s for sure: She will be welcomed with hoots and cheers and probably a standing ovation by the subservient tux-clad crowd.
The gays love a party and won’t let a pesky little thing like broken promises get in the way of a good time.
Servicemembers United has called on Jarrett to meet with gay and lesbian military veterans to talk about Obama’s inaction on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
“Before she appears at a black-tie fundraiser to tout the administration’s ‘strong support,’ Jarrett should meet and talk with those who have actually been impacted by this discriminatory law and who continue to fight this uphill battle for the lives and livelihoods of gay and lesbian troops,” said Alex Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United.
Don’t hold your breath, Alex. The Democrats are big on words, not so much on action. And why not? They know the gays will line up to support them no matter what they do, so inaction makes perfect sense.
Obama and the administration sat on the sidelines while Congress dithered over “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Little to no lobbying. No arm-twisting. No progress. But instead of holding the administration accountable, we have them to drinks. This is why nothing changes and why, even with 80 percent public support, the Democrats are incapable of passing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal.
Cheers, let’s party!