Why have I not seen anyone commenting on the obvious shell game that the Democrats are playing with LGBT rights?
Shell game - you know, where they put a pea under one of three walnut shells, mix them up, and you have to figure out where the pea is. Sometimes it's three-card monte - pick the red card, it's easy, it's easy, give it a try, c'mon now. They do it on the streets of New York all the time to gull the witless tourists. Set up a couple of boxes and get a crowd. The idea of the game is that the operator makes it look easy when one of his shills is playing. But when you play, he does it fast, and you get so confused trying to follow the pea, or the red card, that you guess wrong and lose your 20 bucks. If you do guess right, a few muscular "associates" surround you and suggest that you better scram. I've seen it a million times on the streets of New York. I guess they know the game in DC too.
First come news stories from several sources, including Representative Barney Frank, implying that ENDA is dead because we don't have 60 votes in the Senate. These stories go essentially unchallenged. No one says boo.
Next comes the President announcing that he is going to work with the military "this year" to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. A million news outlets then crow about this development. Everyone cheers.
No one bothers to note that they don't have 60 votes for DADT repeal either.
At the end of the year, the President will announce "substantial progress" on repeal of DADT, but no actual repeal, and maybe a few other frills here and there.
We will have gotten nothing, and anyone who's dissatisfied will be surrounded by Democratic "associates" who will hustle them off the stage.
Come on, come on, who wants to play? Go for the easy money, c'mon now. Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal, only 20 bucks.
Rachel Maddow has spent a couple of nights since the President's nice speech discussing DADT. She's never discussed ENDA as far as I can tell, and hers is one of the few shows I listen to regularly.
In fact, she spent some time specifically rebutting the idea that 60 votes are needed. She points out that if and when the DADT repeal is attached to a defense bill, then the 60 vote rule works the other way -- 60 votes are needed to strip the amendment out.
How come no one has mentioned that in connection with ENDA to rebut these insidious news stories about how ENDA needs 60 votes?
It also turns out that President Obama's "this year" means some other year, because he is going to work with them "this year" and the repeal will come in some other year. You have to watch where the modifiers are placed with Presidents.
We have well over 50 votes for ENDA in the Senate - why aren't they talking about attaching it to a jobs bill and getting it through? I'm not sure - could be because they are wimps. Could be they don't want to do the heavier lifting on ENDA, even if it would benefit the most people in the LGBT community. The gay elites have made DADT a cause celebre, and that could be good for fundraising and opening up that gAyTM. And Democrats appealing to conservative values by arguing in favor of military effectiveness defines today's new Democratic M.O.
What is up with this whole deal? Why is ENDA the uninvited guest? Why are they pushing DADT repeal ahead of ENDA when they know it's not going to happen this year? Why aren't they calling for ENDA to be attached to a jobs bill and getting it through? This is a shell game. It's a way to do nothing and call it something. Progress, my foot. ENDA would do the most good for the most people - so you drop it in favor of something that can't be done this year. No pass.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. George Miller, Rep. Barney Frank - I am calling you out. We see what you're doing. Why are you shilling for the Administration's shell game with LGBT rights?