MassResistance angry with Scott Brown; Scott Brown’s clearly done something right

At an earlier, Coakley-ier time, Brian Camenker from the Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group MassResistance was all kinds of into Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA):

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But now — oh, but now. Well here, let’s let Brian MassResistance tell you what went down:

On Wednesday afternoon Brian Camenker of MassResistance spoke at length with Brandon Acheson, a staffer in Brown’s Washington, DC office who has been explaining Brown’s position on this issue to constituents since the announcement. It was very disappointing, to say the least. It appears that Brown has become just another disingenuous, disconnected Washington politician.

Here’s some of what Brandon told us:

Brown’s statement in the MFI voter guide. Brandon indicated he didn’t know who MFI was and that Brown never authorized any statement about his position — that it must have been a miscommunication. “Sen. Brown never made a firm commitment that he would vote against it,” Brandon told us. However, MFI’s president, Kris Mineau, told that Boston Herald, “When Sen. Brown ran for election, he said he would support the current policy of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ In fact, MFI worked closely with Brown and hosted several events for him in this campaign. They even hold a birthday party for him each year (even though he’s pro-choice).

Interestingly, in that same article the Herald also reported that: “Brown’s spokeswoman, Gail Gitcho, said Brown changed his tune after President Obama ordered the Pentagon to review the policy. At that point, Brown said he would keep an open mind to its finding, which came out this week.”

Sleazy lame-duck session. We asked Brandon why Brown doesn’t support waiting a few weeks and letting the newly elected Congress decide this — that using a lame-duck session was offensive to people. He avoided answering the question directly, but indicated that Brown had no problem with a lame-duck session passing controversial bills. But he’s insisting that two things get passed first: (1) full extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, and (2) a bill to continue funding the federal budget. Both of those appear to be in the works as part of the horse-trading going on to get this bill passed.

Repealing the current law makes bold statement. Repealing the current law (see text above) makes the statement that homosexuality is compatible with US military service. Does Brown agree with that? Brandon wouldn’t answer that. Instead, he said that Brown has been in the military for 31 years and is comfortable with his position. (Would he be comfortable showering next to someone sizing him up? Well, we didn’t ask that.)

41st vote against Obama agenda? We reminded him that Brown ran as “number 41″ and his base back home read that as their protection against the Obama agenda being pushed on them. But now Brown seems to be doing just the opposite. Brandon wouldn’t comment on that, either. He seemed to indicate that Brown was not concerned about opposition from conservatives back home, or the concept that they were his “base” of support.

Needless to say, the entire conversation was depressing and angering.

Scott Brown announces full support for repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” [MassResistance]

Depressing and angering — or promising and in tune with the 2 out of 3 Americans who support military fairness? We’ll let you, Scott Brown, and the Bay State voters who prefer political advice from people not monitored by the SPLC make that determination.




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AP: ‘The rejection was a defeat for Obama… in recent weeks the White House has done little to push’ repeal

Associated Press:

The rejection was a defeat for Obama, who campaigned promising to overturn the law and later called it one of his top legislative priorities for the year. But in recent weeks the White House has done little to push the legislation, focusing its influence instead on tax cuts and a nuclear arms treaty with Russia.

Can’t say we didn’t warn them.

Obviously, this is resonating at the White House. Jake Tapper just did a two-part tweet that reads:

WH spox: POTUS “committed to working with Congress to achieve a repeal of #DADT this year

and:

and is “willing to explore all legislative options to reach this goal during the lame duck session.” 2/2 #DADT

We need to see the President sending this message — not a spokesperson. And, we need to see hear and see the President make the statement, not get it by email.

President Obama should know by now that the disillusionment is justified.




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Increased chatter about keeping the Senate in session longer to get DADT done

No one has been able to tell us why it would be “bad” for the Senate to stay in a little longer in order to get DADT done. From Sam Stein at Huff Post:

Top Senate Democrats are willing to keep the chamber in session longer than expected in order to overturn the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. But leadership is not yet ready to commit to working up to — or even through — the Christmas break.

A Senate aide told The Huffington Post on Monday morning that Majority Leader Harry Reid has been “supportive” of the idea that lawmakers be kept in D.C. to pass a defense authorization bill that has, attached to it, language that would allow gays to serve openly in the armed services. That same procedural strategy is being pushed by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), one of the chief advocates for overturning DADT.

Just heard that Senator Udall (D-CO) agrees about staying in session until we finish the people’s work, including DADT.




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Are You Faking It Just To Get Done With The Sex? Lots Of Women And Men Are

I love when science makes me feel good about myself: "In a study of more than 200 college students, 25 percent of men and half of the women reported that they'd acted out an orgasm during sexual activity. The biggest motivation to fake it? Wanting sex to end without the awkwardness of hurting their partner's feelings." But don't worry, gays. It's breeder sex that's most often to lead to a fake out: "Penile-vaginal intercourse was also the most likely type of sex to trigger orgasmic acting. Of those who specified the type of sex during which they faked an orgasm, 86 percent of men and 82 percent of women reported intercourse. he reason may be that people expect orgasm during intercourse, the authors wrote. Several men in the study reported faking an orgasm because they had no other way to end a sexual encounter without awkwardness." [Live Science]


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HRC claims Obama has done more for gays than any president in history

I’m not sure that’s true at all. Yes, Bill Clinton signed DOMA and DADT. But his outreach to gays and lesbians was historic. Bob Hattoy, openly HIV+ and gay, speaking at the Democratic Convention during prime time. Roberta Achtenberg as HUD assistant secretary. The first openly gay ambassador. An openly gay man as a senior adviser to the President. And scores of openly gay people across the entire administration.

That was historic.

What President Obama has done the past 19 months, the word “historic” doesn’t come to mind. Status quo is more like it. Obama did what any other Democratic president would have done.

Can you really say that Obama did more for gay rights than Hillary would have done? No. And I sure as hell voted for him because I thought at the time that he would.

Can you really say that Obama was more audaciously in favor of gay rights, for his times, than Bill Clinton was for his times? I don’t think so.

So when the Human Rights Campaign goes on TV and parrots another administration talking point, that “this administration and this President have done more for LGBT people than certainly any president in history,” I really have to challenge that.

The issue isn’t whether Barack Obama appointed more openly gay people today than Bill Clinton did twenty years ago – he sure as hell should have, and would have, as would any Democratic president. The issue is whether Barack Obama has been our fierce advocate, as promised.

And he has not.

Yeah, Barack Obama is better than an anti-gay bigot Republican (though neither would seem terribly committed to truly repealing DADT and DOMA, nor passing ENDA – if Obama were truly committed, he’d have made even a single phone call for the DADT filibuster a few weeks ago, and he didn’t – though he did find time to phone the WNBA champs).

Being better than a raging homophobe is faint praise for a man who promised to be so much more. Barack Obama was handed the greatest chance to effect real change in a generation. And he blew it. Don’t expect me to express my gratitude to a guy who was handed a Rolls Royce and gave me a Hundai in return.

PS And let’s stop with the “better than any president before him” line. Are we really to express our gratitude that Obama is better on gay issues than George Washington?




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Alan Cumming On Obama: He’s Done “Diddly Squat” For Gays

Alanobama Alan Cumming has, in the past, vocally supported Barack Obama politically and in other ways. It seems like these days, the bisexual actor has completely changed his tune. He's now come out against the president and has some pretty harsh words for him. He tells the Herald Scotland:

“We keep hearing that Obama is an ally, that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ will end under his watch, but what do we actually get? Diddly squat thus far on a federal level, and in addition to that some very offensive statements that would have made the Republicans look bad. When America is full of hatred of all kinds, but especially hatred towards young gay people, what message is the President sending when he repeatedly goes out of his way to spread the message that the gay population is not worthy of the respect that everyone else is?"


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Audio: Gillibrand committed as ever to #DADT; Dioguardi might put hand on table after others have done heavy lifting

New York debate for U.S. Senate: Incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D and former Congressman Joe Dioguardi (R) speak out on #DADT repeal. Basically it’s a split between a “moral imperative” to lead vs. a willingness to wait while good and decent citizens are discharged because of who they are:

MORE: Sen. Gillibrand cites #DADT appeal as a top two point where she breaks from her boss. Meanwhile, the moderator gives Dioguardi the perfect opportunity to repudiate Carl Paladino’s hurtful comments, yet the Republican challenger fails to seize it:



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Jim Messina makes a firm commitment on DADT: ‘We’re going to get that done this year’

Jim Messina was at a college classroom in Montana today when he announced the future of DADT repeal:

Political science major John Blake asked Messina about the failure to repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” the military policy that prevents gays from being open about their sexuality while serving in the military. The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday against repealing DADT “for largely partisan reasons,” Messina said, but he’s confident DADT will be struck down.

“We’re going to get that done this year,” he said.

Okay, I’ll play along. I’m viewing this as the first promise of the 2012 campaign from the guy who is going to manage the President’s reelection. Messina said repeal will happen this year.

Now, keep in mind that no one from the White House said anything like this about DADT after we lost in the Senate. We had to wait til Messina got asked about DADT in a college classroom in Missoula. I’d like to know how they intend to do this. Maybe someone in the White House press corps could get some details. And, nice work, GetEQUAL Board Member John Blake, for getting Messina on-the-record when no one else could.

My hunch is that Messina wants to string us along until after the midterms. So, let’s revisit this campaign promise in November and December. And, revisit it again when Messina becomes the campaign manager for Obama’s reelection. He owns it now. And, I hope I’m wrong. Really, I do — and if I am, I’ll gladly say I was wrong. But, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard a promise like this from Team Obama (think State of the Union.)

Oh, also, Messina told the students that he works 41 feet from the Oval Office, “I’ve measured it.”




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