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  • This seems like a fairly easy thing: Congress is about to go on recess for 5 weeks. Make a recess appointment.

    It’s not complicated. Congress sat on Obama’s nominee for 3+ years. Just get it done.

  • One begins to question what he cares about.

  • I posted this in the last one:

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    Vice President Collins looks to be pulling a Lucy. Not surprising.

    These is a very easy solution to this:

    #1 – bring it to a vote
    #2 – if it fails, Obama can withdraw the appeal of Log Cabin Republicans v USA

    What happens?

    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will die dead.

    “I try to work with Congress to repeal what the courts have found to be an unconstitutional law. Congress would not act. I heed with the cheeks and balances of out democracy and respect the Court’s ruling that the law is indeed unconstitutional.”

    That frankly is the hardball tactic that Obama and Democratic Leadership in Congress should have played with Collins:

    We’re going to schedule a vote. You can be on the right side of history, or not. If you chose to vote against colture and to have a simple up-and-down vote, we’ll simply withdraw out appeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

    Let members of Congress attempt to argue standing on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and try to take the lead in the appeal. Good luck on that, then to try to argue that there is any damage done by the lower court’s decision. In a sense the just released Report would toast them. But at least then the Bigots in Congress would be forced to attached their names to the appeal, then go down in flames.

    The Obama Admin has made this far too complicated when it isn’t, especially in light of Log Cabin. They actually could be negotiating from a position of stength:

    “Come December 1, we need you GOP fence sitters to make up your mind. Cloture vote will be Dec 3. If it goes down, and if we don’t get an agreement for a simple up-and-down vote on the bill, we’re withdrawing the appeal. Last chance to be in the right side of history rather than on the side of the bigots.”

    That’s hardball.

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    The Administration has leverage on this one: the DOJ can simply withdraw the appeal. That would force members of Congress to step up to take standing.

    We know that GOP members of the House will to it. So let them. In turn, the DOJ and the DOD can file *against* the appeal by Congress, and shed the hell out them.

    This just isn’t as complicated as people make it out to be. Seriously, David… some progressive voices need to bang the drum loadly on this.

  • Vice President Collins looks to be pulling a Lucy. Not surprising.

    These is a very easy solution to this:

    #1 – bring it to a vote
    #2 – if it fails, Obama can withdraw the appeal of Log Cabin Republicans v USA

    What happens?

    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will die dead.

    “I try to work with Congress to repeal what the courts have found to be an unconstitutional law. Congress would not act. I heed with the cheeks and balances of out democracy and respect the Court’s ruling that the law is indeed unconstitutional.”

    That frankly is the hardball tactic that Obama and Democratic Leadership in Congress should have played with Collins:

    We’re going to schedule a vote. You can be on the right side of history, or not. If you chose to vote against colture and to have a simple up-and-down vote, we’ll simply withdraw out appeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

    Let members of Congress attempt to argue standing on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and try to take the lead in the appeal. Good luck on that, then to try to argue that there is any damage done by the lower court’s decision. In a sense the just released Report would toast them. But at least then the Bigots in Congress would be forced to attached their names to the appeal, then go down in flames.

    The Obama Admin has made this far too complicated when it isn’t, especially in light of Log Cabin. They actually could be negotiating from a position of stength:

    “Come December 1, we need you GOP fence sitters to make up your mind. Cloture vote will be Dec 3. If it goes down, and if we don’t get an agreement for a simple up-and-down vote on the bill, we’re withdrawing the appeal. Last chance to be in the right side of history rather than on the side of the bigots.”

    That’s hardball.

    John