If this happens, they might as well all resign en masse:
Perhaps that will be true for health reform, though no one has any real clarity yet about what the path forward is. But for the larger progressive agenda, including initiatives like immigration reform, cap and trade, and LGBT issues, the aftershocks of Brown’s win may be far more detrimental.
One Capitol Hill veteran I spoke with on Friday was particularly pessimistic, for instance, about the prospects that the White House will push for the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” this year.
“I’m getting the sense they will try to ignore this as long as possible and then they will maybe trot out some commission to delay it another year if they are forced to do anything,” said the person. “It will be fascinating to see what the LGBT community does if they do this.”
You thought things were volatile now- wait for this to go down and Obama might as well just resign. It won’t matter that the last couple of weeks it has been the progressives trying to scuttle HCR, the attitude will be “first they failed on health care, gitmo is still open, now they screwed us on DADT.”
Things will get ugly, particularly for bloggers given the loud voice gay rights advocates have in the liberal blogosphere.
And don’t get me wrong- things should burn. Obama and his team and our Congress critters really do seem intent on staying in the fetal position until the Republicans have the House and Senate under their control.