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Hatch Clarifies His DADT Stance, Contradicts Himself

Orrin Hatch must be unhappy that liberals actually noticed his speaking out against prejudice and for repealing the military’s don’t ask don’t tell policy. Because he did a complete about-face in his local paper today.

Sen. Orrin Hatch says the left-leaning media misconstrued his comments in a TV interview Wednesday that seemed to imply he would be open to repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which requires gay service members to keep their sexual orientations secret.

“I certainly do not support repealing this policy,” he said in a statement trying to clarify his views and blasting activist groups for “misconstruing my position.”

Hatch must think that he lives in the 19th century, where you can present different opinions to different regions of the country without anybody knowing about it. But these days, we have this thing called “television,” which can broadcast remarks all the way from Washington to Salt Lake City. There’s also something called “the InterWebz” which can capture those remarks for posterity.

Unless “I am” means something brand new, there’s no way to misconstrue what Hatch said. He just didn’t want to look all “tolerant” to the fundies.

Meanwhile, Patrick Murphy is getting awfully close to a 218-vote majority in the House for repeal. The work continues.

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