One thing is clear. President Barack Obama is not afraid of a fight.
He battled all last year with Republicans and some of his own Democrats trying to get healthcare reform through the political headwinds.
Now he’s going to take on Republicans with trying to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays serving in the military.
“This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are,” Obama said. “It’s the right thing to do.”
While that proposal will likely boost Obama with his liberal base, it was not received well by Republicans — and now with Senator 41 from Massachusetts they have the votes to throw up procedural hurdles on just about everything.
Republican Senator John McCain, who lost to Obama in the 2008 presidential election and is a war veteran, made clear his opposition.