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  •  Not a radical departure, no real opposition (11+ / 0-)

    I honestly don't understand what the administration is waiting for.  The only thing I can come up with is that they're waiting until the general election so they can trash any knee-jerk complaining the Republican opponent does as a result, but that doesn't make real sense to me either.

    Draft it and sign it, Mr. President, and let the next Congress expand it to the entire population.

    All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 02:05:20 PM PST

    •  The Administration Isn't Waiting For Anything (2+ / 0-)
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      In fact, reports are coming out of D.C.  that much of the most onerous red tape that is necessitated by any Executive Order has already been cut. It's said a draft copy of the Executive Order has cleared lawyers at the Labor Department and other bureaucratic agencies. A final version has arrived at the White House and now awaits only the approval of a few senior staff before it lands on the President's desk for his signature.

      You're right, however, that your explanation for your supposed delay doesn't make sense:

      The only thing I can come up with is that they're waiting until the general election so they can trash any knee-jerk complaining the Republican opponent does as a result, but that doesn't make real sense to me either.

      POTUS is not a dictator. For this EO to have real impact, it must be beyond reproach. By taking this step-by-step, any day now the EO will be signed, and the cause of forming a more perfect union will advance another step.

      Step 1: the most onerous red tape that is necessitated by any Executive Order has already been cut

      Step 2: a draft copy of the Executive Order has cleared lawyers at the Labor Department and other bureaucratic agencies

      Step 3: A final version has arrived at the White House and now awaits only the approval of a few senior staff

      Step 4: it lands on the President's desk for his signature.

      And when that signature gets penned long before Primaries are over, will you then complain that it didn't happen soon enough?

      DADT - Gone
      DOMA - Moribund

      Maybe a PaleIn ticket would have addressed these issues in a more expeditious manner, but I doubt it.

      I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Republican Party.

      by OnlyWords on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 03:05:15 PM PST

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      •  I normally wouldn't bother, but (2+ / 0-)
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        When someone says "fierce advocate" I get impatient, and he said it during the 2008 campaign, so it's taking me a while to get over it.  DOMA may be moribund, but considering that you can't in over 40 states, it's not dead, is it.

        I'm sorry my glass is half empty on this one, but my half-empty is just as valid as your running over.  I'll be VERY happy if it's signed before primaries are over, so don't get snotty about it.

        All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

        by Dave in Northridge on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 04:42:54 PM PST

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        •  a "fierce advocate" who "leads from behind" (1+ / 0-)
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          Note that he's still against same-sex marriage -- but his position is "evolving" --  exactly how seems to be a trick question, though.   Why, it's almost as though he's trying to please all the people all the time.  I wonder how that will work out.  :-(

          A new year, a time for many changes. Some we will like, some we won't.

          by Tommy Allen on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 04:57:40 PM PST

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          •  I hope you were anti-Bill Clinton then (0+ / 0-)

            Since he was firmly behind and signed DADT and DOMA in the first place.

            But somehow everyone longs for the days when Clinton said "I feel your pain" and stabbed LGBT people in the back, as well as poor people with his welfare reform and everyone else with financial deregulation.

            When we stop putting leaders from the past up on pedestals and ignoring their flaws, we can start seeing our present leaders for what they really are.

            by PhillyJeff on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 12:00:59 AM PST

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