Chairman Trent Franks (R-AZ) began last week's DOMA hearing with many astute points, including:
"The President’s decision [to abandon defending DOMA] was a baldly opportunistic attempt to free himself from a political dilemma. The Administration had a duty to defend DOMA, but powerful constituencies of the President did not want the President to defend it. Politics trumped duty.
... [N]ever has a President refused to defend a law of such public importance, on a legal theory so far beyond any court precedent, for such transparently political reasons."
Watch his full opening remarks here: