If Harry Reid Has The Votes To Repeal DADT, Will He Cave To Republicans Wanting To Leave For Christmas?

“Yesterday, the House passed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and we’re going to have to deal with that in some way,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told his colleagues at the opening of today’s session. Put aside your LOLs: It looks like Reid will be able to “deal with that” by pushing through a standalone bill with a filibuster-proof 60+ vote majority. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says he’s counted the numbers, and it stands at either 61 or 62. Even Sen. Scott Brown, who refused to lend support to repeal as attached to the NDAA, is on board, as are fellow Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Lisa Murkowski. Which leaves Reid saying: It’s not a matter of whether there are the votes to support it, but whether there is time to hold a vote. You know, because Republicans want to go home to their families rather than do the jobs they signed up for: serve the public.

Here was Andy last night talking about timing and the Christmas holiday.

UPDATE: Reid told reporters today the Senate will take up the DADT “before this Congress ends,” which does not mean “before Christmas.” UPDATE: Reid has scheduled the vote for Saturday.