If you open the dictionary to the definition of "obsessed," don't be surprised if you see a picture of Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.). The Senate Majority Leader is so completely hung-up on the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal that he seems almost legislatively paralyzed.
Webster's calls obsession a "persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea"--and that's exactly what we've witnessed from Senate leaders these last few weeks. Despite near-catastrophes in the tax code and a government blackout on the horizon, Democrats are frothing at the mouth to satisfy an infinitesimal number of American voters.
After yesterday's implosion on the Senate floor, Sen. Reid (D-Nev.) seems committed to eating up more time on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" by repackaging the repeal as a stand-alone bill. It's a clever strategy on the Left's part, because it frees up senators who opposed the abortion language in the Defense bill to side with Democrats. Liberals would still be climbing a 60-vote hill, but without the political minefield of abortion, they seem to see a way forward. But unlike the Defense Authorization bill, which already passed the House, this measure would have to clear the lower chamber before Congress leaves town. Not a problem, says Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who promised "an army of allies" would deliver the bill before Christmas. If they succeed in the eleventh hour of this Congress, liberals will have scaled the walls of one of the last bastions of American society: the U.S. military. Not only would this jeopardize national security--as three of the four military chiefs warned--but it would be a game-changer of epic proportions. The momentum would be theirs to carry this agenda even deeper into the states and force a retreat on all kinds of legislation.
Meanwhile, for either chamber to burn up any more time on this push is just staggering. Americans are in a full-blown panic over their taxes, and the government is about to shut down. What's more, close to 100 of these members have absolutely no business touching a policy decision of this magnitude after being fired last month! For the remaining leaders to move forward--after less than six hours of hearings on the Pentagon's report and its many flaws--is pure recklessness. Sen. Reid may be enslaved to the gay agenda, but the American people are not. Even those who may have been on board with repeal would be shocked to know that Congress is beholden to less than one percent of the military, when almost ten percent of the country is out of work! Based on the Pentagon's best guess, there are probably less than 30,000 homosexuals in the military. Compare that to the 15.1 million Americans on unemployment and it might give you a glimpse into the Left's deranged priorities. I'm sure it's comforting to the people looking for work that Washington is too busy to help because they're planning a coming out party for a sliver of the military who already have jobs--and knew the policy when they signed up!