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Tilting at Windmills

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April 18, 2011

DADT DEAD-ENDERS STILL WON'T QUIT.... Just over the last couple of months, three possible/likely Republican presidential candidates -- Tim Pawlenty, Haley Barbour, and Mike Huckabee -- have vowed publicly to bring back the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy if they were to run and win.

Today, Igor Volsky reports on a fourth.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) has joined fellow potential Republican presidential contenders ... in supporting the reinstatement of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, telling me on Friday in Concord, New Hampshire that he supports bringing back the policy:

VOLSKY: Senator, on Don't Ask, Don't Tell, I know you opposed the policy. Would you bring it back if you were president? Would you reinstate it?

SANTORUM: Yeah, I would.

Of course, this isn't surprising. It is Rick Santorum, after all, and the guy didn't pick up the "Man on Dog" moniker because of his respect for the gay community.

But the fact that we're still even talking about this is absurd. The Pentagon is moving forward with the transition, and officials aren't running into any trouble. The public obviously supports the change. The only people in America who seem to actively engaged on this are Republican members of Congress and Republicans running for president.

This really is rather pathetic. I can appreciate the need to pander to homophobes, but even the most hysterical conservatives have to realize this fight's over. They lost. It's time to move on.

But they won't. On the contrary, with Santorum, Barbour, Huckabee, and Pawlenty all publicly supporting reinstatement, it's possible, if not likely, that this might become another 2012 litmus test for the GOP field. The party's base may expect nothing less.

So, where's Romney on this? Huntsman? Bachmann? Trump?

Steve Benen 4:20 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (10)

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The Republicans haven't given up eliminating social programs from the 1930s, and they seem to be getting closer to their goal. It's not really too surprising that they want to bring back DADT.

Posted by: Ned on April 18, 2011 at 4:26 PM | PERMALINK

For these guys, there's really no downside to supporting repeal of DADT. The fact is, it is a dead issue now, it will be dust in the two years that these yahoos could propose anything assuming, against all odds, they'd get elected. In fact, I suspect whoever gets the GOP nomination stops mentioning DADT right after the convention.

Posted by: cthulhu on April 18, 2011 at 4:46 PM | PERMALINK

But Steve, the issue has only been lost for a year or two. Why should they stop fighting already? I mean, their side lost the Civil War 150 years ago and they haven't stopped fighting that yet. . .

Posted by: zeitgeist on April 18, 2011 at 4:51 PM | PERMALINK

The Founding Fathers didn't want Teh Gays to serve in the Military.... so neither should we!

Posted by: Eeyore on April 18, 2011 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

yeah! And, and another thing; STOP sign signs are RED, and that's Commonist! It's a consiracy, a conspiracy, I tell you. Teh gays are trying to sap our bodily fluids- oh, and my sister is NOT that way, no matter what you hear. Anybody seen my meds?

Posted by: DAY on April 18, 2011 at 5:27 PM | PERMALINK

Eeyore - DADT doesn't stop gays from serving in the military. It just makes it so that no one else knows they're gay.

Sneaky, sneaky.

Posted by: James at home on April 18, 2011 at 5:29 PM | PERMALINK

On a plane ride to Boston I sat next to a TP who stated that NPR was biased in their reporting because they didn't mention all the reasons for being for DADT. They only mentioned the reasons for being against it. So it isn't just the Congressional republicans and presidential candidates that are against it but the TP as well. Those people are not just racist, but homophobic as well.

Posted by: Texas Aggie on April 18, 2011 at 5:59 PM | PERMALINK

Santorum, Barbour, Huckabee, and Pawlenty

What a lineup. Four of America's most hard core, buzz-cut wearing, cigar-chomping, tattooed & muscled vanquishers of armies large and small. I'm sure, with their extensive military experience, that they just know reinstating DADT is the right thing to do!

Posted by: John on April 18, 2011 at 7:49 PM | PERMALINK

I find it surprising that no one has picked up on the judicial aspect of this issue. From what I remember, one of the reasons that the legislation went as it did is that the courts were poised to strike down DADT. Perhaps my memory is faulty, or more likely my perception, but this still nags at me.

Posted by: smike on April 19, 2011 at 2:13 AM | PERMALINK

Damn that lamestream media, for not following up by asking the 4 if they are in favor of reversing the forced integration of the military by that Democrat radical Harry Truman.

Rammed it down their throats, he did. Bet it felt gooood.

Posted by: Snarki, child of Loki on April 19, 2011 at 7:41 AM | PERMALINK
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