A stand-alone DADT repeal passed the House today—by a wide margin. The bill now goes to the Senate. Maine's Olympia Snowe now says that she will vote to repeal DADT. Which means...
[If] Snowe keeps her commitment, that gives DADT repeal 59 of the 60 votes needed to get past the Republican filibuster. Sens. Scott Brown (R-MA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) are the key uncommitted senators at this point.
In the run-up to last week's failed effort to repeal DADT—when the DADT repeal was still attached to a huge Defense Authorization Bill—Murkowski and Brown both claimed that they backed the repeal but, gee, both had qualms—convenient qualms—about some procedural bullshit or other. Their procedural concerns were dodges/lies, of course, that allowed Murkowski and Brown to have it both ways: their pro-repeal statements got tons of play, earning them credit with liberals and independents who support repeal (along with 77% of the country), while their votes against repeal earned them credit with the bigots, knuckledraggers and Christian haters battling to block the repeal of DADT.
If you live in Alaska, or you're from Alaska, or you wanna pretend that you're in or from Alaska, give Murkowski a call and ask her to join Snowe in voting to repeal DADT: (202) 224-6665.
If you live in Massachusetts, or you're from Massachusetts, or you wanna pretend that you're in or from Massachusetts, give Brown a call and ask him to join Snowe in voting to repeal DADT: (202) 224-4543.
No more having it both ways, Senators.