And I am wonderfully, gloriously wrong!
CNN is reporting:
Four key GOP senators who have announced their support of a “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal are prepared to join Democrats in voting to let the bill proceed, as long as Congress first deals with a measure to fund the government, aides to the four said Friday.
The aides said Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Lisa Murkowski and Scott Brown will vote Saturday to end debate on the ban on openly gay and lesbian people in the military if the Senate passes a stopgap spending bill — a continuing resolution to keep the government funded. The four have previously said that bill must be approved first.
And now the blogosphere is hyperventilating about how DADT might finally be repealed. Well, maybe it will. But don’t you see the “out” the allegedly “moderate” GOP senators have given themselves? They say they will support the repeal only if the bill funding the government is passed first.
Well that’s really convenient, given that Reid gave up on the omnibus spending bill this morning due to the GOP blocking cloture. The supposedly moderate Republicans sicken me as much as the outright fag-haters (who are, at least, honest). The military spending bill that would have repealed DADT was blocked on procedural grounds: not enough time for amendments. Likewise, Snowe, Brown and the rest of them just keep inventing new procedural rules that will allow them to keep DADT in place. “Oh, I would LOVE to repeal DADT, I really can’t wait to do it. But I just don’t think we can until we square away the funding of our government, so when we vote on it this weekend, I won’t be able to.” Can we put to rest the lie that there are moderate GOP senators? What’s the difference when they all always vote the same way on everything?
Of course I could be wrong. But I can’t believe I haven’t seen Sargent, Benen, Cole, or Sully or someone pick up on this yet.