Sunday, December 26, 2010

Amash Claims Ignorance on DADT

First of all, as predicted, Gary Glenn got a case of the vapors over the DADT vote from Ehlers.

Not everyone is content to let U.S. Rep. Vern Ehlers ride quietly into the sunset. Following the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” in the military, the American Family Association of Michigan blasted Ehlers for being the only Michigan congressional Republican to vote for “the misguided and immoral policy.” The Midland-based group is headed by Gary Glenn, who touts his military background in attacking the repeal.

Ahem. Apparently Gary "didn't tell". The AFA was again listed as a hate group in the Southern Poverty Law Center's 2010 winter report, by the way, citing their "propagation of known falsehoods" about LGBT folks.

Here is Vern's take on DADT:

“If someone is willing to go into combat, it shouldn’t make any difference what their sexual orientation is,” he said of the change in policy for homosexuals. “I think five or 10 years from now people will look back and say, ‘What was all the fuss about?’”

No doubt. Repealing DADT was supported by 77% of the public in a recent WaPo/ABC poll, and the issue has certainly been in discussion for quite some time. So what was Justin Amash's position on the repeal?

He says can’t say for sure without hearing the testimony from the military commanders and others who weighed in.

Really. Oh, Grand Rapids. You may have made a big mistake with this one. It's already starting to show.

And what does Vern think of Amash?

As to what kind of congressman Amash will be, Ehlers said: “I have no comment on that. That’s up to the public to decide.”

Yeah, it will be. Someone put a tether on Pat Miles, we may be needing him again in the very near future.