Red_Vespa saidFine words, but I'll be more impressed when these Dems don't cave when push comes to shove. Clinton caved (on DADT & DOMA), Obama has already caved (picking Warren).
I have to vote for Dems because they're a better alternative to the totally homophobic Repubs. But neither are they our champions, hardly even our friends.
A few perhaps, but when it comes to actually passing gay-friendly legislation, or opposing anti-gay forces, as a group they are fair-weather friends. They're happy to have our support, but not the association. We'll see whether Caroline Kennedy is any better.
That is remarkably unfair to the Democrats. They are walking a fine political line that requires them to often be openly dishonest. A great example would be John Kerry attending the wedding ceremony of two of his close gay friends in Massachusetts and the very next weekend denouncing gay marriage on Meet The Press.
As leaders, they are required to make choices that are acceptable to the country as a whole, and not just to one group of people.
Clinton did not "cave" on Don't Ask, Don't Tell. His failure to secure his initial goals can be blamed more so on his lack of experience as a Washington insider.
And his signing of DOMA was, in a way, the appropriate thing to do at the time. Without DOMA, which forces these battles to be conducted on a state-by-state basis, we would be facing an opponent that is even more unified, radical, and dangerous.