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December 23, 2010

Winning Going Away

After the hammering Obama, Pelosi and the Dems took in early November, it’s hard to imagine the lighthearted scenes of the past two days. I mean, Obama with a fist pump?  And the outgoing Speaker and these service people and DADT activists just cracking up?  Out of the ashes of the shellack and that terrible tax bill that Obama frames as a Hobson’s choice, I guess there’s nothing like making history.

If I had to quibble with anything, it might be the absence of any women in the otherwise moving scene of Alva, Solmonese and company singing God Bless America after Pelosi signed the House DADT Repeal. Beyond that, though, what a segue into Christmas. Talk about “joyful and triumphant.”

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(photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty. caption: US President Barack Obama (C) gestures after signing the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 into law at the Department of the Interior in Washington, DC, on December 22, 2010. Obama Wednesday signed a law allowing gays to serve openly in the military, repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in a sweeping and historic shift for the US armed forces.  photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images. caption: Former Staff Sgt. Eric Alva (R), the first Marine wounded in the occupation of Iraq, and an activist for the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and Joe Solmonese (L), President of the Human Rights Campaign, embrace during the singing of “God Bless America” after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi signed the legislation repealing the military policy at the U.S. Capitol December 21, 2010 in Washington, DC. The bill is scheduled to be signed by U.S. President Barack Obama tomorrow. photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images. caption: (L-R) Former Sgt. 1st Class Stacy Vasquez, U.S. Army; Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, USAF; and Former Maj. Mike Almy, USAF react as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (R) signs the legislation repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy at the U.S. Capitol December 21, 2010 in Washington, DC. The bill is scheduled to be signed by U.S. President Barack Obama tomorrow.)

  • momly

    He should be “shellacked” more often!

    • Gasho

      Oh, momly.. dear me. Shouldn’t we wait to see how the shellackers actually DO before hoping for more? He was shellacked by the tea partiers, remember. They’re already showing themselves to be incompatible with their own agenda. It’s going to be a comical, tragic congress.

      I’m glad Obama made at least a little hay out of this last few weeks.

      I certainly want to see MUCH more progress, but he did get a few things done.. like the START treaty! Actually.. f*ckin’ A.. that’s pretty huge. Good job. One day (maybe in September 2012?) we’ll be confronted with a list of all the things Obama DID DO and by gosh, we might just be impressed after all!

  • Vvoter

    Call Obama’s last minute victory the political equivalent of Larry Bird’s classic steal to beat the Detroit Pistons in 1987.

    Obama’s a winner. If you think like a winner, then you go for the big plays.

    During the recent tax deal fallout, when many liberals and progressives were bemoaning the political cost (or points, to keep with the sports analogy) of extending tax cuts for the wealthy, I recall feeling like the compromise was a part of a bigger play.

    • m s garrity

      Celebrating at halftime is a bad idea.

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