Bil Browning

DADT repeal dies on the battlefield

Filed By Bil Browning | December 09, 2010 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Don't Ask Don't Tell, Harry Reid, national security, Republican dirty tricks, Susan Collins

The repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell went down in flames today after Majority Leader Harry Reid brought it to the floor without completing a frustrating back-and-forth he'd started with Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine. Senator Collins was the only Republican to vote to bring the legislation up for a full discussion in a 57-40 vote; Senator Manchin of West Virginia was the only Democrat pts.jpgto vote with Republicans.

Senators like Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Olympia Snowe of Maine and Richard Lugar of Indiana have all said that they supported the repeal of the law but still voted no because legislation providing tax cuts to the richest 2% of Americans weren't passed first. Senator Blanche Lincoln, democrat, wasn't there to vote and took to the floor afterward to say that if the Majority Leader had given notice of his intentions she'd have made sure to be there and vote yes.

The Republicans have denied funding to the military in their zeal to continue America's long trek toward plutocracy. Suddenly national security isn't as important as putting more money in oil company executives' pockets.

We'll have more analysis on this later, as contributors file posts and I've had more time to consider what I think our next move should be. Currently, Senators are considering bringing DADT repeal up as a standalone bill and Collins and Sen Joe Lieberman swear they're not finished yet. We'll see; I'm not holding out much hope at this point.

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DADT Repeal should be the easiest LGBT issue to handle. It now appears the only chance is if Republicans get what they want and extinguish the agreement that "no business until the government is funded and the tax issues are resolved," Lieberman-Collins may be able to gather 60 votes. That possibility is hampered by the Democrats currently refusing to honor Obama's "negotiated" tax/spending deal. It looks like an impasse and nothing will get done in this lame-duck session.

It's hard to tell if we really have more than 56 LGBT-supportive votes in the current lame duck Senate. Some who have expressed support for the end of DADT qualified it with "permission" from the Military.

In January clear LGBT-supportive votes in the Senate will be reduced to only 54.

Oh, I DEMAND a tax refund for all the DOD dollars I've been paying in the system for something that does not protect me and I am not allowed to serve in. The military is supposed to be representative of the American People. I claim Taxation without representation.