Joe Biden on WikiLeaks Damage, John Kerry on DADT, and More Sunday Talk
Joe Biden talks WikiLeaks damage, John Kerry and Jon Kyl sound off on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and Mitch McConnell vows (again) to fight Obamacare. That and more in our roundup.
Kerry on DADT Repeal: “It’s an Historic Day.”
On This Week, Christiane Amanpour asked Senator John Kerry about Saturday’s historic repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. “Gay people have served the United States with distinction. They've won awards. They've given their lives all through our history. We had a policy that asked them to lie about it. They no longer have to do that,” he said. “I believe it fulfills an enormous promise of equality in our country. It’s an historic day.”
Kyl: DADT Repeal Could Cost Lives
Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, on the other hand, was decidedly less bullish about the repeal. On Fox News Sunday, he told host Chris Wallace that the repeal “could disrupt unit cohesion, and, as the Commandant said, cost lives.”
Biden on WikiLeaks: “It Has Done Damage.”
“Should the United States do something to stop Mr. Assange?” That’s the question posed by David Gregory on Meet the Press to Vice President Joe Biden. The answer, Biden says, depends on whether Assange actually conspired with Bradley Manning to get the information or whether he simply passed along information which he received. Either way, however, the leaks have made things “more cumbersome” in terms of foreign relations, “and so it has done damage.”
McConnell Vows to Take Down Obamacare
Now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has been repealed, don’t think that Obama can breathe easy for even a moment. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told CNN’s State of the Union that he’s “hoping we will receive from the House of Representatives a full repeal of Obamacare. It will be hard to get that through the Senate.”
Graham to Tea Party: Be Prepared to Work!
Sen. Lindsey Graham told Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation that the Tea Party additions to the Senate had better be ready to pull their weight come January. “They come up here in large numbers and bring a new energy. I applaud what they did, but they've got to help us solve problems.”
“Better to Get Into Harvard Because You’re Black Than Not Get Into Harvard Because You’re Black.”
In a thought-provoking interview with Howard Kurtz on Reliable Sources, Soledad O’Brien talked about the role that race plays in journalists trying to carve out a career for themselves, and how she feels about minority training programs.
Mail Carriers, Real-Life Superheroes?
Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, spoke to Candy Crowley about the future of the United States Postal Service, now that email and online billing is wiping out so much traditional mail. This future apparently envisions mail carriers as a hybrid of postal delivery, first responders, tornado trackers, and neighborhood watchdogs. Any chance that fusty old uniform can get revamped into something more appropriately Batman-esque for the occasion?