DADT WITHOUT THE DA…. Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said plainly the other day that the incoming administration will do away with the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prohibits military service for openly-gay Americans. It’s unclear when the change is going to take place, but it seems safe to assume Obama will face at least some resistence from the far-right.

Probably the nation’s least right-wing activist in support of DADT is Elaine Donnelly, who was described a few months ago as “just bonkers” during a congressional hearing on the policy. Donnelly has a creative idea to address the problem of discharging capable servicemen and women during a war, based on nothing but their sexual orientation. (thanks to reader T.G.)

Elaine Donnelly, the founder and president of the Center for Military Readiness, which supports the ban, said the number of discharges under “don’t ask, don’t tell” could be reduced to near zero if induction forms contained a question about sexual preference.

Let’s pause to appreciate just how amusing this really is. Elaine Donnelly believes the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy would be more effective if the military started asking.

In other words, the entire policy is summarized in four words, and one of its leading supporters is confused about the first two. Wow.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.