10/26/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
President Barack Obama may be trying to shore up his damaged image in the wake of the appeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ruling by Judge Virginia Phillips. The White House is meeting with a variety of groups which have a stake in its repeal including Servicemembers United, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and OutServe. A source told this information to LGR yesterday, but asked that we hold this information until closer to the meeting so as not to jeopardize its occurrence. The meeting is being held in order to discuss a plan on how to repeal DADT during the lame duck session in the wake of the midterm elections.
The result of the midterm elections could result in more problems for the administration right away since two seats, most notably West Virginia and Illinois, would result in Senators seated immediately upon election and those two could sway the Senate right away. New York and Delaware’s special elections are pretty much assured to go Democratic since New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand is not facing a serious challenge from the Republican Party and the Republican in Delaware is Christine O’Donnell, who has been rather resoundingly mocked across the country. West Virginia and Illinois are much tighter races.
LGR will have a full report on the meeting after more information becomes available.