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Jane Hamsher on DADT: Either White House Got Played on DADT, or They Lied

I’m glad that Jane Hamsher, with all that Firedoglake traffic, spoke up about the outrageous BS that our VP shoveled and threw at the LGBT community regarding DADT repeal for that Senate vote. He was confident in saying the deal was in the can because of the “compromise.” Yeah, we know how that vote went. Watch it — Jane:

Anyone can watch Joe Biden on the Rachel Maddow Show on September 15, and hear him say “we have enough votes to sustain support for repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Vote [sic]. And we’re just gonna push it as hard as we can.”

Maddow then asked why the President doesn’t suspend DADT discharges in the mean time:

MADDOW: [W]hy not suspend the discharges of people under the policy now, pending that Defense Department review? Why keep kicking people out now while all of this movement is happening towards ending the policy?

BIDEN: Because that is the compromise we basically had to make to get the votes to finally repeal it.

“Because that is the compromise we basically had to make to get the votes to finally repeal it.”

Well, that didn’t work, did it? They didn’t even have the support of the Democrats in the Senate, let alone the Republican votes needed to prevent a filibuster. Both Lincoln and Pryor helped DADT go down to defeat.

So either Biden got played, or he lied. Either they didn’t have the votes in the first place, or they couldn’t hold them. In either case, there is nothing preventing the President, as the Commander in Chief, from suspending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell discharges pending the Pentagon review if he’s sincere and that’s what he really wants. He could do it today.

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