Repealing Repeal: Pawlenty On DADT

by Zoe Pollock

Adam Serwer pulverizes Pawlenty's arguments on DADT, voiced at the Family Leader’s Presidential Lecture Series in Iowa:

Pawlenty seems to have mistaken DADT for the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately for Pawlenty, most Republicans actually supported repeal, so unlike the ACA, DADT isn't a gaping emotional wound that needs to be treated.  ...

More disturbing than Pawlenty's unworkable proposal for reinstating DADT or defunding repeal is that even in 2012, a Republican primary candidate might feel it necessary offer disdain for gays and lesbians as a selling point. Ultimately, though, it feels a little desperate, a way for a relatively bland candidate to distinguish himself from his more colorful rivals.