Federal Court Steals Obama's Thunder - Orders Gays In The Military Right Now
President Obama missed his chance at progressive history because a federal court just destroyed his Rube Goldberg approach to implementing a law he signed.
A federal appeals court ruled that the military ban on gays is unconstitutional and must be lifted right now - today.
The suit was brought by Log Cabin Republicans (Log Cabin is code for "gay'). The Court was sitting in San Francisco (San Francisco is code for "gay").
But didn't President Obama already sign a law repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell? As with all things Democrat - yes and no.
As a candidate President Obama said he would repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. Once he became President, it started to feel as though he would wait longer to say the word "GAY" than President Reagan waited to say the word "AIDS" (the difference being that the latter had absolutely no affect on anyone's life).
It wasn't until his January 2010 State of the Union Address that the President committed himself to allowing gays in the military. So strong was his commitment that he refused to touch the issue with a ten foot pole while the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress during an election year.
A few bills and some filibusters later, on December 22, 2010 the President finally signed into law the Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010, which ended DADT for good.
No it didn't.
The implementation of the law was held in abeyance indefinitely. First a committee had to be formed. Then the committee had to study policy, readiness, unit cohesion and whether camouflage comes in lavender.
But that's not all. Once the committee issued a report, the President would issue a 60 day waiting period, followed by some undefined, incremental implementation of whatever policy the commission comes up with.
For something the President insists won't have a negative effect on the military, on implementation he seemed as hesitant as a Chicago bookie going long on the Cubs winning a World Series. His actions belie his assertion.
Well that's all moot now. If something goes wrong, he can always say the policy wasn't ready and blame it on the Court.