Example 3,623 of fierce advocacy from the White House can be seen in today's National Journal's “Need to Know” column (scroll down, front page):

DON’T ASK. White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer told National Journal that repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military is “at least worth a shot” in the lame-duck session of Congress that starts next week. But lawmakers would have to hang around longer than some might like: The military’s study on the proposed repeal isn’t due till December 1.

Wow. Can you just feel the fierce advocacy?

The GOP is going to be attacking this vote with non-stop stories of all the enormous consequences of soldiers being raped in the shower rooms and how the gays will spread AIDS through the troops and how they will prey on straights during all those “intimate” nights of “sleeping alongside of one another.” (Oh wait, “our side” gave them most of those talking points…)

Anyway, nothing says resolve and sure-footed commitment to doing the right thing like declaring it is “at least worth a shot.” That's the way you go into a fight demonstrating your a winning spirit and a take-no-prisoners attitude!

Is that what they will tell us on the 2012 campaign trail when we asked why nothing got passed? “Hey, we gave it a shot!”

H/T to GayAmericaBlog.