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    There were risk and rewards. And the risks where, as you say, she was young, new, unknown, and did not really know how the public and her new Senate colleagues, military leadership & WH would react to her move. Alcee Hastings had tried to move the issue in the House the year before and gotten stopped in his tracks.

    And lets face it, none of the Senators really want to move LGBT issues to the forefront. They'd just as soon kick them down the road for the 224th Congress to vote on. They couldn't have appreciated this newcomer forcing a "difficult" vote. They'd name post offices and give corporations tax cuts all day if left to their own devices.

    But, Gillibrand was vulnerable from the left, and in fact, got rather slammed here at the time of her appointment.

    She shrewdly saw an issue that could offer her the opportunity to do the right thing AND shore up a little left-wing good will.

    And that's fine. That's being a good politician, imo. I'd rather they play to our side than they other.

    Now passing 1,000 Choi Units into the Obama administration.

    by Scott Wooledge on Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 04:23:19 PM PST

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