Sarah Palin’s objection to DADT repeal is the timing. Gosh, so she’s open to it otherwise?

I’ve been fascinated by the GOP reaction to the prospect of repealing DADT. Other than John McCain and Beauregard Sessions, the Republicans have been awful careful to not seem anti-gay on this one. And Palin has been the most surprising, suggesting that the biggest problem she has with the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is the timing:

PALIN: I don’t think so right now. I’m surprised that the President spent time on that in his State of the Union speech when he spent only about 9 percent of his time in the State of the Union on national security issues. And I say that because there are other things to be worried about right now with the military. I think that kind of on the back burner, is sufficient for now. To put so much time, and effort, and politics into it, unnecessary.

Right, like she did the math. (Not to mention, that “throw me down the stairs my shoes” sentence: “I think that kind of on the back burner, is sufficient for now.” Would it kill the Republicans to finally elect a president half a brain?) That aside, it’s telling that one of the lead conservative presidential hopefuls for 2012 felt the need to not oppose DADT on principle, but rather to oppose the “timing” of it “now.” Great, so is Sarah Palin willing to commit to when she thinks the Congress should repeal DADT?

More importantly, the GOP is clearly freaked about appearing anti-gay. Orrin Hatch was just as equivocal as Palin. And even Boehner got into a bit of a “not now” argument. They’re afraid of seeming anti-gay. Which makes it all the more fascinating that Democrats are equally afraid of seeming pro-gay.


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