One of those sure signs that things are ugly: I’m in agreement with The John:
Openly gay Democratic members of Congress Tammy Baldwin, Barney Frank, and Jared Polis [said] this weekend that we shouldn’t be criticizing President Obama for doing absolutely nothing to advance the cause of ENDA passage, and the repeal of both Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and DOMA. We should instead be focusing our pressure on Congress.
Although gay activists have criticized President Barack Obama for not moving more quickly on their concerns, both Polis and Baldwin said the pressure should be directed at Congress because the president can not act alone.
“LGBT leaders need to be focusing in on the people we need to win over instead of just trying to talk to our friends and being angry they haven’t delivered,” Polis said.
Okay, great. I’ll bite. Putting aside the absurdity of the implication that the President of the United State of America, the leader of the free world, has next to no power to influence the course of legislation in the Congress – because he is, after all, just the President of the United States – let’s take Jared at his word. That’s it’s all up to Congress.
So what has Jared done to get these three things done?
Well, considering that Tammy has a decade of seniority on Jared, I do think that the question should be more strongly aimed at her – but The John nevertheless is right to ask the question.
Of course, the questions really need to be aimed at a former member of the House.
I won’t mention Rahm Emmanuel by name.
I really won’t.