Pam Spaulding brought us news that HRC President Joe Solmonese is promising that Don't Ask, Don't Tell will be repealed this year (among other priorities). He also gave a hat tip to bloggers and grassroots activists.
And Solmonese acknowledged that it doing these measures is essential because of the political dynamics of the 2010 elections, something many of us in the netroots sounded the alert on last week -- the reason for the blogswarm.
I also get that there is a drumbeat coming from our community to put more pressure on, to make more demands of the President and members of Congress to get it done this year because who knows what's going to happen at the mid-term elections and frankly they are right and our time is now.
My jaw just about hit the floor. Has hell frozen over? We're right for once, and not the enemy? I appreciate the break in that ice. It shouldn't be hard to be on the same page as this closing window of opportunity harms us all.
Kudos to Joe for backing up what he said in the video from Adam Bink's excellent OpenLeft diary, "Essay: The value of constructive criticism in the LGBT movement." In Adam's interview with Joe about "HRC vs blogosphere," Joe says that some of the criticism of HRC's tactics and strategy is valid and productive and he doesn't just see it as pesky bloggers picking on HRC again.
Both videos of Joe and some thoughts from David Mixner after the jump.