chain of events
Supposedly there might be a vote on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell today, but only if “Republicans block a series of other measures, including an immigration bill.” C’mon, GOP: Fulfill your American duty and keep stalling on that other crap! UPDATE It appears tonight’s vote will be delayed, as Harry Reid works out a deal with Republican Sen. Susan Collins over how many hours of debate each party will receive, as the GOP attempts to insert amendments into the NDAA bill. That, and the Republicans want their tax breaks before they’re willing to discuss the gays.
Let’s do the math:
The good news is Mark Pryor has signaled he supports repeal, so that’s +1, to a possible 57, but Joe Manchin is probably -1, leaving us at 56 votes. No word from Blance Lincoln.
If it makes it past the Cloture vote, because Snowe, Collins and Brown get “time for amendments” it looks like they’ll just run out the clock. So, it’s a quick death or one that will take the next week.
I still believe the whole “DADT Compromise Repeal” is a clever charade by the Democrats and the LGBT-advocacy industry. It’s a show. Soon, we’ll hear “we were so close” and “please send more money.” That request should be denied.
@reason: I don’t think any Republicans will do anything until the “government is funded and the tax cuts are extended” like their letter signed by all 42 said.
This vote seems premature.
@B: I’m curious. With Obama “lobbying” Senators, what is he offering them? Or is he using his magic-wand?
The President can’t influence a Senator on a vote based on “moral issues.”
As of this evening there were only 56 votes to proceed. It may come up again, but this charade is almost over.