Aravosis: “Who Died and Made CAP Queen?”
This is disturbing. Center for American Progress is not only taking credit for what I call the sham ‘repeal’ compromise, they are also crowing about circulating the legislative language two months ago on Capitol Hill — while our primary LGBT national organizations on repeal were still fighting to end discharges right now under a full repeal.
For the past 24 hours, the liberal Center for American Progress has been on a rather public campaign to take credit for the entire Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell compromise that has much of the gay community in an uproar.
CAP’s effort to claim the mantle of glory for the amendment is odd for a number of reasons. Perhaps most importantly, it’s not entirely clear who invited CAP, a non-gay think tank, to the table in the first place – let alone who anointed them the head of the lgbt civil rights movement, granting them the authority to cave on our demand for the full repeal of DADT. Just as odd is the extent to which CAP has repeatedly tried to take credit for the deal in the past 48 hours. Even by the standards of our actual national gay groups, who have raised taking credit for things they didn’t do to an art, CAP’s repeated efforts to hog the limelight, when our actual gay representatives have been rather quiet about just how we came up with this compromise, are unusual to the say the least.
He cites GayCityNews, which has this tidbit:
The amendment, put forward formally the same day by Senator Joseph Lieberman, had been drafted by CAP and circulated among legislators starting roughly two months ago, Stachelberg said.
Winnie Stachelberg is a former HRC employee now senior official at CAP. Who apparently caved two months ago, undercutting HRC and SLDN and SU in their work for real, actual, full repeal of DADT.
Two months ago. While SLDN and Servicemembers United were still lobbying the Hill for the votes for full repeal, CAP was apparently telling legislators not to worry about full repeal this year – at least that’s what CAP is now claiming, in an effort to get credit.
I’m not so sure Winnie wants to be seen taking full credit for undermining the work of organizations much more understood by the LGBT community to be working hard on repeal, especially as this sham starts to blow up, with Robert Byrd’s 60-day additional post-Pentagon-report review that might take things right into Speaker Boehner’s House as well as Admiral Mullen’s statement to troops yesterday that it’s still up to him ‘whether’ to implement open service.