October 9, 2010 | by Kevin Naff
Gays ready to worship Valerie Jarrett

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!

Kevin Naff is the editor and a co-owner of the Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest and most acclaimed LGBT news publication, founded in 1969.

9 Comments
  • Kevin, you’re absolutely right. Our “leadership” is lockstep behind Obama despite the fact that he has thrown us under the bus. We truly must like punishment. We had “I feel your pain” Clinton, and now our “fierce advocate” Obama. But heck, at least there was a White House reception invitation in it for HRC and the leaders of other national org. BTW, Joe ask her about the 3,000+ who languish on ADAP waiting lists while you are at it. .Pathetic

  • But … but … it’s all the fault of the Republicans, even when they had no power. Or Obama has just been too busy, even though he seems to be able to make the time for the most trivial things. Or something. Anyway, you’ll have to come to our faboo champagne fundraiser; it’s for a worthy cause because the head of our organization needs a new Brioni suit.

  • This is no time for lgbt’s to be celebrating anything with the WH. HRC is completely tone deaf about how badly defeat was snatched from the jaws of victory during these last 2 years — and they have failed to take ANY responsibility for their role in perpetuating the WH’s inertia and complacency on lgbt legislation. The golden window of opportunity (with Dem House and Senate majorities) for legislative change is gone, and it is not coming back in the forseeable future. This is not “sky is falling” rhetoric — it is game over.

  • Government is supposed to be protecting the people– where is the leadership here?? I don’t understand what gays in the USA are celebrating. It’s not like they’re equal citizens at all, and if they ever got outside the US they’d know that.

  • HRC has a vested interest in preventing drastic change. Solomnese makes what, $350,000 a year? Appearing to be for change is much healthier for Gay Inc’s bottom line than actually ACHIEVING change…not that my experience has made me cynical…

  • I know a boycott of the Democrats is on…..but what about boycotting HRC?

  • i agree with every one else, Obama is nothing but a dishonest president because he said he would let gay-marrige and gay rights become real, but yet he has not prevailed.

  • It’s time to vote Republican. Democrats do nothing, at least the GOP will give us lower taxes.

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