Rob Port’s totally skeptical, I’m only mostly skeptical. Any Democrat who’s elected will have to make a show of “toughness” at some point to prove to the center that he/she isn’t a thoroughgoing leftist stooge, especially Hillary because of the gender suspicions she faces. A stand on the Solomon Amendment is a quick and easy way to do it since it’d earn them lovin’-the-troops bonus points and ostensibly prove they’re not afraid to confront one of their own core constituencies.

As usual, Obama’s a little shrewder than the other two. Watch as he turns the amendment from a right-wing measure aimed at forcing lefty universities to accept the military into a left-wing, Rangel-esque measure aimed at making the military more uniform by class. Click the image to watch.