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But he said Democratic leaders aren’t to blame for the legislative stalemate - rather, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell did a masterful job of marshaling his own party.
“The reason that the defense authorization did not go through - it was not Harry Reid and it was not Barack Obama, it was the Republicans, not being bad people, but just doing their job in an election year,” he said.
The question for November is whether gay rights supporters - usually a strong voting bloc for Democrats - feel their expectations have been met.
Mr. Belkin said he thinks those voters will credit Democrats for adding sexual orientation to hate-crimes laws last year, rather than protest the shortcomings this year, and he said gay voters will turn out.
“I think that the percentages will be roughly the same as they’ve been in the past in terms of three-fourths voting for Democrats and a fourth voting for Republicans. You certainly don’t see the fire in the belly you saw two years ago and four years ago for Democrats, but I don’t anticipate the gay community will stay home,” he said.
c Stephen Dinan contributed to this report.
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Kara Rowland, White House reporter for The Washington Times, is a D.C.-area native. She graduated from the University of Virginia, where she studied American government and spent nearly all her waking hours working as managing editor of the Cavalier Daily, UVa.’s student newspaper.
Her interest in political reporting was piqued by an internship at Roll Call the summer before her ...
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