Over to you, Ike (via Political Animal):
House Armed Services Committee chairman Ike Skelton said Tuesday that his constituents aren't interested one way or the other in the congressional drive to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, but he's going to keep opposing it anyway.
During the congressional recess, Skelton toured his home state of Missouri, made numerous speaking appearances, met with several veterans groups, and only one person even mentioned it ... in passing.
"I was everywhere in my district, everywhere. It just wasn't raised," Skelton said. "There are other things on people's minds, like jobs and the economy."
So why is Skelton so determined to keep the law in place, above the objections of the White House, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen, the House of Representatives, and the Senate Armed Services Committee? It's about the kids, apparently.
"What do mommas and daddies say to a seven-year-old child about this issue? I don't know," Skelton said. "I think it would be a family issue that would concern me the most ... What they might see in their discussions among the kids."
Got that, mommas and daddies? Ol' Ike's got your back, so there's one fewer tough conversation you'll have to have with your second-grader about military personnel policy.
Buried in Skelton's thinking, somewhere hidden in the piles of steaming manure, is the implication that voters in Missouri's 4th district don't give a good goddamn about Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but by God their children do! And that keeping those poor, innocent brows un-furrowed is more important than letting decorated veterans keep their jobs.
Let's all just pause and reflect that this giant of political thought chairs the House Armed Services Committee.