So Friday afternoon HRC put out a press release demanding the Pentagon release its study. NOW. In all caps, in case you didn't pick up on HRC's anger. This is the same day Tony Perkins freaked out over leaks coming from the Pentagon on its review. The Pentagon committed to investigating the leaks, but held its ground on releasing the study 'when its ready.' Guess what folks? The study is ready. But because the Pentagon was put on the spot by HRC, any hope of releasing the study early has been dashed because to do otherwise would be the military caving in to lefty gay radicals. Duh.
Outserve and Knights Out intend on endorsing stripping DADT from NDAA. No, seriously. Neither org has any Hill presence, is part of any DC coalition meetings, and therefore has any way of having better knowledge on if we have the votes to pass DADT repeal as a stand alone bill in the lame duck. All signs point to We Don't.
Oh, I'm not done. More, after the jump.
Giving the benefit of the doubt, the problem here isn't that either group is that ill-informed on how to get this done this year. It's that it really is a gamble to get anything done this year, to the point where creative options are being thrown out there in desperation in hope that something will stick. And if it does stick, the group shouting that strategy the loudest gets to put its name on it and survive post repeal as an org.
It's Monday. The lame-duck just started. This is not the time to throw away strategy in acts of desperation, to act like a lame-duck vote on repeal as attached to NDAA is already a surefire failure. We need to stick to the plan laid out.
There is cohesive messaging to be found. SLDN, HRC, SU, and others all agree on the list of the swing Senators for repeal, and all but HRC are targeting Reid to schedule the bill. That hasn't changed.
We haven't failed. The week just started. Please, please, DADT Repeal Movement: get yourself together and see this through this year.