After suffering massive losses in the 2010 midterm elections, the leadership in the House and Senate decided to double down, and brought out every piece of trash legislation to cram at the American public. Despite their objections over the Bush tax cuts, they worked their extension through the system as well (whereas they should have handled that debate long before the elections).
The Senate and the House have sent the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy to the President, ending the 17 year old policy. It is important to note that the policy will be repealed over time, after the Pentagon has worked out the details, and that individual units will be able to be exempted from its implementation. It is already being stated that combat units would be the last ones to implement the policy repeal….. and it is the combat units that expressed the most objection in the Pentagon review of DADT.
Tomorrow, the Senate will vote on the START Treaty, diminishing our nuclear capacity.
Harry Reid has worked hard to make sure that Obama remains relevant. His loss lies in the failure to get the Omnibus spending bill through, thus giving the Republicans the ability to tighten the purse strings, particularly on Obamacare funding, far earlier in 2011 than they would have if the bill had passed.
Will these wins pay off for Obama, or will he fail to govern from the center, as Pres. Clinton did? Time will tell.