Of course the Senate should stay in session until there’s a vote on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and for that matter on the DREAM Act and maybe on a bunch of appointments. And there’s no better way to hold the Republican obstructionists’ feet to the fire than to make a spectacle of their obstruction by working through Christmas.
If the President is concerned – as he should be – at the perception that he isn’t willing to fight hard for what he believes in, he ought to say, in public, that he thinks the Senate ought to get the people’s business done before going home for the holidays. I like Obama’s disinclination to make cheap grandstand gestures; that’s part of the reason I’m so peeved about the call for a Federal wage freeze. But this is a gesture that would mean something.