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 to 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.