It was bad enough that the Republican debate audience did the “let them die” chant at the previous gathering of dolts, last night they booed a gay soldier who asked a reasonable question: would these clowns back up the repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell.:
Take a look if you missed it:
If , as is estimated by some analysts, the gay population is about ten percent of the voting block, these damned fools don’t seem to mind that they’ve cut off another vote source.<img title=”Send Us Mail” src=”http://underthelobsterscope.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/ppals1.jpg” alt=”” width=”72″ height=”72″ />
- In Flip-Flop, John McCain Supports DADT Repeal (lezgetreal.com)
- John McCain Willing To Back DADT Repeal Now That Everyone Showed Him He’s a Giant Prick (queerty.com)
- John McCain Reverses Position on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, Says He Will Do All He Can to Make Repeal Work (towleroad.com)
- McCain says he’ll make DADT repeal work (thehill.com)
- Jon Stewart Introduces Puppet John McCain To Mock The Senator’s Growing Crankiness (mediaite.com)
- John McCain on DADT (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Miller whines about Murkowski’s lame duck voting record (dailykos.com)
- ‘Don’t ask’ repeal moves toward law (politico.com)
- Votes In Hand for DADT Repeal as Murkowski, Scott Brown Pledge Support of Standalone (news.firedoglake.com)
- A senator scorned (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Lisa Murkowski’s ‘Newfound Independence’ Could Have Impact On Obama-Backed Issues (huffingtonpost.com)
So the score so far today is Democrats 1 (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is voted out), Republicans 1 (Dream act voted down… actually, it didn’t get passed the 61 vote filibuster requirement). Tomorrow they will be debating and maybe voting on the START treaty… whoever wins on that one will break the score.
- DADT Breaks Filibuster (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Cloture Vote on DADT Repeal Passes 63-33 (themoderatevoice.com)
- So Is DADT History? (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Six GOP-ers push DADT over the top (politico.com)
- Fate of DADT and DREAM Act decided today (dailykos.com)
… and I’m watching to see if Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is repealed.
A procedural vote is expected by noon. If at least 60 senators vote to advance the bill as expected, the legislation could pass as early as late afternoon. Republicans could demand extended debate time, but early indications were that they may not draw the process out further. We’ll see.
- Multi-Tasking: Senate to Debate START Treaty & Omnibus Spending Bill In Final Year-end Flurry (blogs.abcnews.com)
- Saturday Vote For Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal (lezgetreal.com)
- Will The Clock Run Out On DADT? (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)
- Clearing the way for Senate repeal of DADT (washingtonmonthly.com)
- “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Poised to Become History (cbsnews.com)
- Will the Senate Stay ‘Til Christmas? – The Atlantic (news.google.com)
Quote for the Day – Thre Majority Leader on Senator McCain’s opposition to ending “Don’t ask, don’t tell”…
“First, Sen. McCain said he would seriously consider repealing it if the military leadership thought we should, and [when] the military leadership said it should be repealed, he pulled away the football. Then Sen. McCain said he would need to see a study from the Pentagon. When the Pentagon produced the study saying repeal would have no negative effect at all, he pulled away the football again.
“And his latest trick, he said yesterday that he opposed repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ a proposal that would be a great stride forward for both equality and military readiness … because of the economy,” Reid added. “I repeat, the senior senator from Arizona said he couldn’t support repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ because of the economy.
“I have no idea what he’s talking about and no one else does either.”
- Reid rips McCain over ‘don’t ask’ (politico.com)
- McCain stands firm on “don’t ask” … even after that study (shortformblog.com)
- Mother of 9/11 Hero Calls on McCain for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal (gayrights.change.org)
- ‘Don’t ask': McCain clashes with military leaders (sfgate.com)
- McCain slams Pentagon’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ study – MiamiHerald.com (news.google.com)
- Majority of Americans support repeal of DADT except Tea Partiers/extremists and John McCain (crooksandliars.com)
- McCain attacks ‘inexperienced’ Obama for promising ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal (crooksandliars.com)
- John McCain continues jihad against repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ (dailykos.com)
- Sunday Late Night: McCain Blames Obama’s “Inexperience” for DADT Repeal Promise (firedoglake.com)
- Pentagon study shows gay service would not harm military (capitolhillblue.com)
Hope Harry Reid has his act together and this goes through tout suite:
- Joe Lieberman: We’ve Got 60 Repeal Votes in The Bag, Yo (queerty.com)
- 13 Senate Democrats Express Confidence on Votes to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Karen Ocamb: White House, Democratic Senators Push for DADT Repeal This Year (huffingtonpost.com)
- Lame Duck Congress Could Still Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy (masonryan.wordpress.com)
- DADT Repeal Is Dead! DADT Repeal Is Going To Pass! The Sky Is Blue! Then It Turned Black! (queerty.com)
- Breaking Senator Harry Reid: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell ‘on the Floor after Thanksgiving’. (lezgetreal.com)
- Picking up GOP votes on DADT repeal? (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Judge orders lesbian reinstated to Air Force (msnbc.msn.com)
- Judge rules DADT discharge of Major Margaret Witt unconstitutional – she must be reinstated (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Judge orders lesbian reinstated to Air Force (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
And chokes up as he does… This was picked up at TPM:
Al is turning into one of the most moving Senators… I hope to hell he doesn’t get corrupted. He’s so good right now.
- Franken gets emotional over ‘Don’t ask’ vote (politico.com)
- Senator Al Franken’s Final Word- An Emotional Story About DADT (lezgetreal.com)
- McCain Erupts While Defending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ Ignores Testimony Before His Committee (huffingtonpost.com)
- John McCain Lashes Out at Reporters Over Gay Military Ban (mediaite.com)
This is a small triumph for the Republicans who, led this time by John McCain, filibustered the Defense Bill coming up for debate, and prevented the 60 votes (all Dems and Independents plus 1 Republican) needed by Harry Reid from happening.
Senate Majority Leader Reid needed those 60 votes to overcome Republicans led by McCain, but because he had attached debate on the DREAM Act and a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as amendments he was stomped. Centrist Republican senators like Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine were considered crucial to this effort — but they were unwilling to cross the aisle during today’s vote.
So this means that, for now, the basic Defense Bill, which funds the military (who needs it to just keep operating) is not on the floor. I’m watching Senator Barbara Boxer on C-Span2 right now who is complaining about the inability to debate either the DADT amendment or the Dream Act Amendment. One point she make is that the only other countries in the world that don’t allow open gays in the military are Iran, Turkey, Cuba, North Korea, Egypt and a few others… Our friends, England, Germany, Austria, Canada, France and many more, allow open gay military service. Get the idea.
The ED Show summed it up pretty well last February:
The DREAM act, which allows children who are not citizens but were brought into their country by parents, can get a leading run to citizenship… and, also, to populate our military with thousands of people currently not allowed in… has been trying to get on the agenda for the last 10 years. This is something that really should be brought back up on the agenda again and again until it is passed.
Meanwhile, we are seeing this Congress’ major problem… the inability to get things done when Senators… and that is Republican Senators… Filibuster EVERYTHING, rather than letting majority rule.
- Senate repeal of ban on gays in military falters (msnbc.msn.com)
- ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Prospects Look Dim Before Senate Vote (towleroad.com)
- Dems Likely to Lose Key GOP Vote on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ (politics.blogs.foxnews.com)
- Collins Equates Senate Debate With ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy (huffingtonpost.com)
- ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Becomes Hot Button Election-Year Issue (huffingtonpost.com)
- DADT Repeal Faces Likely GOP Filibuster (outsidethebeltway.com)
Now maybe Obama will really get rid of it.
Isn’t that nice?
Here’s a clip: