In case you missed it, the 111th Congress is now gone. They recessed for the midterms Wednesday evening. And unfortunately the Obama administration’s only major legislative accomplishment for the LGBT community has been passing a hate-crimes bill that had been in the works for over a decade. There was no movement on the passage of ENDA, no repeal of DOMA, and even though activists are still advocating for Congress to make one last push to repeal DADT during the lame-duck session after the midterms – it doesn’t look promising. Even the so-called “repeal” language that Congress and the White House endorses fails to incorporate critical factors such as a non-discrimination policy that would help to ensure equal and open service. LGBT reporter, Kerry Eleveld, of The Advocate says that she “can’t find a single student of the legislative process in Washington who thinks there’s any better than a slim-to-none chance the defense funding bill will pass during lame-duck.” And just last week The White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, gave a lame-duck priority list – the repeal of DADT didn’t make the cut.
The weak-kneed leadership from the Obama administration continues to decrease the presidents popular support among Americans, less than a month before the midterm elections. According to a new Gallup poll African Americans are the only group, ethnic or otherwise, that continue to rate Obama highly (African Americans give a 91% approval where Whites are only at 36% approval). And the numbers keep going down even 25% of self-avowed Liberals now disapprove of the job President Obama is doing. Obama has even lost approval among young voters – down to 57% approval. The Gallup poll also finds that Obama’s approval rating for the month of September was 45%. Presidents with approval ratings below 50% at the midterms historically suffer substantial losses in its congressional membership. And no matter how much the White House wants to blame the Liberal Left or Right-Wing Republicans, midterms are traditionally a referendum on the president and the accomplishments he and his political party have achieved so far.