Political Realities: Third Parties

In the wake of the liberal outrage at Democrats, talk of a third party has popped up. Obviously most of it from Naderites and deadenders who never wanted a Democratic majority to begin with, but the talk is there.

But as much as I know some of you don't want to keep pretending to be lackeys for the Democrats...third parties would be counterproductive and would hurt progressives more than Democrats. Here's why;

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Victim of DADT runs for Congress CA-10

When Ellen Tauscher announced she was headed for the State Department it seemed there would be no shortage of Democrats running to replace her in this safe district, including California's Lt. Gov, John Garamendi, who ducked out of the race for governor when he got no traction and decided not to contest Republican held CA-03.  Recently though, CNN's Campbell Brown (bleck!) interviewed a candidate I hadn't heard anything about until now, and after watching the clip I walked away impressed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkvzgh7ib 3A&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ecalitics% 2Ecom%2Fdiary%2F9116%2Fjune%2D12%2Dopen% 2Dthread&feature=player_embedded

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What About Gays?

Noting that the Supreme Court passed on a chance to rule on Don't Ask Don't Tell, Joe Sudbay makes the case for action:

It's time for Obama to step up. He doesn't have to wait for legislation, although legislation to overturn DADT should be passed ASAP. Obama is the commander-in-chief. He has tools at his disposal to prevent further discharges. He can issue an Executive Order according to a study by the Palm Center. If Obama wants to make a real statement during LGBT Pride Month, instead of just a proclamation, taking action to prevent further discharges under DADT would be a good one -- a very good one.

The absence of action from Obama is troubling. And per Aravosis, notes, there's a second problem: some in the gay community itself worry that their leading activist groups (HRC, etc.) haven't done enough to pressure Obama - or that they've lost leverage altogether by staying quiet (or by cozying up to the WH).

It's a problematic twofer: Obama's not getting pressured by HRC, but HRC is allowing Obama to (speciously) claim that he's communicating broadly with the gay community when he's not.

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Parsing DADT

The White House is starting to go soft on the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, and it's not going unnoticed.

Joe Sudbay:

Someone over at the White House needs to figure out that this isn't 1993. It's 2009 and the LGBT community is much more energized than ever before. That whole Prop. 8 experience made us realize that rights can be taken away. I'm starting to get the sense that gay Americans are viewing their rights the way gun owners do. That's the level of intensity we need. And, that's something our allies in the White House don't quite get.

The White House is now gently conditioning any repeal of the law, qualifying action as necessarily "sensible" and "sustainable," whatever that means.

I've heard arguments for why Obama should delay the repeal of DADT - political consensus, congressional action, etc.. But none of them seem compelling, especially given the national security issues at play - can we afford to lose more leaders from our military?

Remember all those supposed inroads to the evangelical community Obama built by inviting Rick Warren to the inauguration? Let's use 'em!

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"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Is FAIL, Needs to Go

(Proudly cross-posted at C4O Democrats and OC Progressive)

OK, so today's Mothers' Day. I'm planning to stop by my mom's house shortly and check up on her. But before I do that, I must address this:

President Barack Obama's national security adviser says allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military is in the early discussions.

But retired Marine Gen. James Jones says it's very preliminary in a very busy administration.

Jones said Sunday he's not sure if the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy would be overturned, although Obama has said he wants it eliminated. Jones said the decision to go forward lies with the president.

For now, Jones says, "We have a lot on our plate right now."

Mr. Jones, President Obama, and members of Congress, you just allowed this fine patriotic soldier to be fired. And believe it or not, we've already lost too many thousands of good soldiers simply because they're queer. Now's the time to lift the military service ban. Seriously.

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