The House Democratic majority already voted to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ the outdated anti-republican law that permits the military to dictate service eligibility to civilians and discriminate based on sexual orientation. Surprisingly, the usually lagging and recalcitrant Senate now also has enough crossover Republican votes to discontinue the grossly prejudicial DADT.
The only remaining question– besides why repeal lagged until the 11thhour – is how Harry Reid will manage to screw up this sure thing.
Answer: By mismanaging the Senate calendar as only Harry Reid can.
‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal at risk due to Democratic dithering
The votes for repeal are the same ones that were there ten months ago.
By waiting to push a standalone ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ bill till the eve of the induction of a substantially more Republican Congress, the Democrats have put repeal on life support.
Before the lame duck session ends, the Senate must complete work on both the controversial START treaty and the budget for the next fiscal year, leaving little time for a showdown on gays in the military.
Confrontations over DADT reaching Congressional climax
Conservative Republicans have – rightly and fairly, despite Obamabot protestations – vowed not to let the procrastinating Reid ram through these complex measures without a vigorous accounting of their full content.
In keeping with their born-again fiscal conservatism baptized in tea, GOPers endeavor to ‘paralyze’ the Senate for two days, demanding Senate clerks to read the $1.1 trillion dollar budget in its entirety.
Thorny, mercurial Joe Lieberman – the prime Senate sponsor and champion of ending DADT – has called for his colleagues to put off START and press repeal full steam.
That puts him at odds with fellow Presidential ticket also-ran, cranky Joe McCain who is repeal’s number one Congressional enemy.
Must be a cold chill in the locker room between these two old golf buddies – apologies for the mental image.
Gays in military no big deal for most Americans
The seventy seven percent of Americans who understand the democratic necessity for civilian control of the armed forces, who do not hate the ‘fags’ with a white hot Mel Gibson rage, and who want ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ overturned need not get overly excited.
After all, only a Democrat could ruin his own wet dream with erectile dysfunction.
For what it’s worth, someone might also warn the gays that fighting neverending wars in the Middle East ain’t what it used to be.
Then again, the ‘No H8 on Prop 8’ society ignored similar warnings about marriage.
Better to hope Reid pulls off repeal and let them discover the trials and tribulations of breeders the hard way.