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Right-Wing Leaders to Stage Pro-DADT Press Conference Tomorrow

Tomorrow the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) kicks off in Washington DC and some of the right-wingers involved are coming together to argue against a repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that denies patriotic Americans the ability to openly serve their country.  Among those participating will be:

  • Elaine Donnelly, President, Center for Military Readiness (you may remember her for a, shall we say, lackluster performance before the U.S. House last year)
  • Tom Minnery, Vice President, Public Policy, Focus on the Family (he praised Donnelly for that Congressional testimony, saying that 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' was a "last gasp of sanity that keeps sexual tension away from men’s barracks and women’s barracks")
  • Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council (he says ending the failed policy would "sacrifice real lives" in order to score political points)
  • Frank Gaffney, President, Center for Security Policy (he says repeal of DADT would "mortally damage" our armed forces)

The organizers also promise leaders from the Eagle Forum, Let Freedom Ring, the American Family Association and the Traditional Values Coalition.  Their stated topic: "How Would the New LGBT Law for the Military Improve Military Readiness?" What I'm curious about is what these folks have to say about military readiness that contradicts the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Advisor, Colin Powell and Dick Cheney -- not to mention the Commander in Chief? Add that to the new polling released today from the Center for American Progress showing widespread support for repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, it's clear these people are not just on the opposing side of military leaders but also the American people.

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