I admire both Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin. They do an amazing job, but there is something about their comments to Roll Call that bother me. Their comments also ring warning bells about our lobbyists in DC like the Human Rights Campaign and for other national organizations like SLDN.
Frank says they can't bring up a repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" because:
“We haven’t done the preliminary work, the preparatory work. It would be a mistake to bring it up without a lot of lobbying and a lot of conversation.”Baldwin says:
“We don’t even know the votes in committee, let alone the votes on the floor.Um, why not? Yes, I know we're in the middle of an economic crisis, and I'm willing to give Frank a pass, given that his chairmanship puts him at the center of every issue involving financial institutions. But why hasn't anyone else done this work? You don't have to be a member of Congress to count votes. You don't have to be a member of Congress to lobby. Where IS everybody?