by Bree Abel
On yesterday's Meet the Press, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs assured host David Gregory that Don't Ask, Don't Tell "will end under this president."
When asked whether President Obama finds the law unconstitutional, Gibbs answered, "The president believes the law is discriminatory, unjust and, quite frankly, you have men and women who are willing to lay down their life for this country. They — those people ought to be able to serve."
While Gibbs had to defend Obama's Justice Department for placing a hold on a court ruling that would set a precedent against Don't Ask, he said the most "durable" change would be a repeal by Congress. (Obama's repeal, by the way, has passed the Senate's vote but awaits a decision — and probable filibuster — in the House.)
Ironically, not 20 minutes later on the same segment, Tea Party candidate Ken Buck seems to have shot himself in the foot (or stuck his horse-crap-covered boot in his mouth, whichever you'd prefer) over comments about Don't Ask, Don't Tell and homosexuality.
Here's the transcript:
MR. GREGORY: I want to do a bit of a lightning round here. I want to get to some issues here and have shorter answers on these things.
And Mr. Buck I want to start with you. The issue of gays in our country, in a debate last month you expressed your support for "don't ask, don't tell," which we talked about with Mr. Gibbs, and you alluded to lifestyle choices. Do you believe that being gay is a choice?
MR. BUCK: I do.
MR. GREGORY: Based on what?
MR. BUCK: Based on what?
MR. GREGORY: Yeah.
MR. BUCK: Well...
MR. GREGORY: Why do you believe that?
MR. BUCK: Well, I guess you can, you can choose who your partner is.
MR. GREGORY: You don't think it's something that's determined at birth?
MR. BUCK: I, I, I think that birth has an influence over like alcoholism and some other things, but I think that basically you, you have a choice.
MR. GREGORY: Does that put him outside the mainstream of views on this?
SEN. BENNET: I absolutely believe he's outside the mainstream of views on this.
Buck later admitted he was nervous in his national-TV moment (or 27 minutes), and said he'd never been asked that question about homosexuality before. But he's not backing down from his statement.
Seems he's in a pickle between placating his socially conservative base and facing reality.