‘Top Line’ — The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ‘Distraction’?

Feb 2, 2010 3:32pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: The issue of gays and the military may not carry the same politically explosive punch it once did. But as Bill Clinton learned in 1993, it has the capacity to be a major distraction from a president’s agenda. Today in Washington, hearings on the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy are taking some of the spotlight away from President Obama’s proposal for a new pool of cash to boost lending to small businesses. Though public opinion has shifted on gays serving in the military, “it’s still ultimately a distraction from the No. 1 issue, which is the economy,” GOP strategist Kevin Madden told us today on ABC’s “Top Line.” “If we’re going to spend a month, two months up on Capitol Hill fighting about ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ at a time when Americans are still looking at their 401ks, they’re still looking at job losses in their neighborhoods, in their regional economies, it’s going to seem like an incredibly missed opportunity by the administration again, and the Democratic Congress.” Watch the full discussion with Kevin Madden HERE. (And bonus points to those who get Madden’s “Seinfeld” reference.)

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