For the sake of everyone's sanity, I'm not going to go into detail about the piece on Congress.org that details rifts kept hidden for the sake of preserving coalition going into the Senate vote on the Defense Authorization bill last Tuesday (which I'll call an After Action Review (AAR), not a circular firing squad. Some could learn lessons from the military).
Nor will I break down HRC's response. However, a very telling quote is in the latter piece, from HRC's own Fred Sainz: ""[DADT repeal] certainly won't get done in the lame duck unless all activists push like hell to get it done."
Absolutely right. So, then, HRC, learn from the criticism in the article and do what you say needs to get done. Push. Like. Hell. For DADT, and DADT only.
Calling on an attorney general to succumb to political pressure (what some would call bad juju) isn't keeping the energy going through December. Keeping the issue in the public eye will. Even through midterms.
We at SU have taken the last week to draw a quick breath, but we're ready to go. Expect action alerts coming from SU soon - and not just making phone calls this time.
We have roughly 2 months before the lame duck. Let's use our time effectively.
What choice do we have?