I was asked early this morning to write up a quick piece about what's going on for DADT this week. The answer: possibly nothing.
Today, Reid will be filing cloture on a number of bills: DREAM, a 9/11 bill, others. Once cloture is filed, it will take 30 hours before the Senate can actually vote on the respective motions to proceed. Tuesday will be taken up by discussing whether to remove a judge.
This leaves us with Thursday and Friday, which Reid has set aside for START, tax cuts, others. And possibly filing cloture on a motion to proceed on NDAA. After which 30 hours are needed to go forward on the bill, meaning the Senate can't start debating DADT until Saturday, December 11 at the very earliest.
Now, assuming the barest minimum fair amendment process is utilized with the least amount of time, and assuming Reid keeps to the target December 17th end date of the lame-duck for the Senate, this leaves us with only a few days to conference NDAA, with a Christmas week bill signing by the President. Possible, but increasingly unlikely.
Bottom line: we're skirting it close. Very, very close. Unless NDAA is bumped up on the priority poll, it's difficult to see how DADT will get repealed this year.
The community will disagree over who to pressure over repeal. I think it's pretty clear.