The lone Democratic senator to vote against the repeal of DADT yesterday—West Virginia's Joe Manchin—today apologized for his vote and then called on the president to issue an executive order halting all discharges under DADT.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) appeared to take a stand on the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" Thursday, becoming the only Senate Democrat to vote against a procedural motion to move the measure forward. But after the vote, Manchin blasted out a statement apologizing to anyone angered by his vote and said he believed the policy "probably should be repealed in the near future."

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He also suggested that President Obama should just leave the Senate out of the equation and take it upon himself to stop the policy, noting in his statement that some believe it's within Obama's power to suspend the military discharges "if he deems it a matter of national security."

"If this is correct, and the President was to make such an order, while I may disagree with it, I would respect his authority as President to do so," Manchin said in the statement.

In other DADT news: it doesn't look like Joe Lieberman's stand-alone DADT repeal is going anywhere. And I agree with Pam:

Joe Solmonese should do the honorable thing and step down. It is shameful to cash all those checks without the follow through on the job. The White House was never put under serious pressure; the late calls now in the e-blasts for the President to do something ring hollow after the toadying that has gone on for two years.... [The] unelected, highly marketed, well-tailored representative of the entire LGBT community, Joe Solmonese of HRC, [also] has to be held accountable for these failures. It's clear that those in power had no fear of the vast war chest of HRC being used to turn up the heat. No, the heat came from less well-heeled activists who didn't have the access to power, only voices and fearlessness to call out the purposeful foot-dragging and inaction.

One can only call Joe Solmonese's reign as a "could have been," with DADT as the latest of a string of lobbying efforts, such as they are, that seemed more in tune with keeping the peace (and cocktails) flowing when it was clear to even a political novice (or Cheetos-stained blogger) that the Obama administration had only a limited amount of time to move any LGBT legislation in the first two years, and repeal of DADT was back-burnered in favor ENDA by HRC in "the plan", which has, as we have seen, gone NOWHERE.

Honestly, for HRC to become the organization the community needs it to be in terms of a lobbying organization with access to our elected power brokers, it will take more than Joe Solmonese's resignation. The organization is multi-faceted and is populated with well-meaning, hard working people who deserve better leadership—and the buck stops at Joe's desk.

Stop throwing good money after bad, Seattle.