According to Kerry Eleveld of The Advocate, there's a chance we'll see a vote on the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell this evening. The chances are small, but they're there.
Democrats might make use of a narrow window of down time if the four bills scheduled for a vote Wednesday fail to garner the 60 votes necessary to proceed to debate. Those bills include a firefighters collective bargaining bill, the DREAM Act, a 9/11 firefighters health compensation measure, and a measure extending a one-time $250 payment to senior citizens. If all fail, the NDAA could be brought to a vote by sometime Wednesday afternoon.
The strategy is still preliminary but a source familiar with the negotiations said the White House had begun to engage on the issue and President Barack Obama intends to make calls to key GOP targets.
I'm writing this early in the morning with only a half a cup of coffee behind me, so I'm more cynical than normal. Still, I'm doubtful that all the cards will play out exactly as needed for there to be a vote tonight. Everything else would have to fail and McCain will not give up his DADT filibuster without a fight - or a lengthy debate. Plus, Congressional Democrats are peeved with Obama for his tax cut "compromise," so I doubt that they're willing to make his life any easier right now too.
What do you think? Any chance of a vote tonight?