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DADT Vote “A Colossal Failure of Leadership”

Jim Burroway

September 23rd, 2010

The Denver Post nails it:

Senate Republicans, with the help of two Democrats, voted to filibuster the Pentagon’s financing authorization bill, which included the repeal of “don’t ask,” along with the immigrant DREAM Act. The failure to move forward on both measures sheds light on how dysfunctional the U.S. Senate has become.

This is the same Senate that had no trouble passing a health care bill larded with special-interest deals or taking over General Motors. But somehow it couldn’t find the fortitude to right an injustice when it comes to gays serving in the military. What a colossal failure of leadership.

The temptation to lay this failure completely at the feet of the forty Republicans and two Democrats who voted against ending the filibuster is tremendous. After all, they were the ones actually responsibly for blocking the legislation. But we cannot forget that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rigged the process in order to squander the votes that were already there to break the filibuster. In failing to break the filibuster, Reid got what he wanted — as did a lot of Senators on both sides of the aisle — and he’s already cashing in on the failure he engineered.

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Lindoro Almaviva
September 23rd, 2010 | LINK

I agree, but you know what? Reid’s strategy was the same one that was used by Republican’ts for many years to pass the bills to pay for this war, only to blame the Democrats for the massive deficits that are now projected.

While I do not necessarily like what Reid did, I think it is time someone asks the Republican’t leadership how do they like the taste of their own soup.

Muscat
September 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Elseweb I’ve read Rachel Maddow debunked the claim by Republicans that Reid was blocking Republican amendments. I haven’t had a chance to see the segment in question yet, but can you comment?

Ryan
September 23rd, 2010 | LINK

I don’t know what to believe. Jim made some compelling arguments, but others on other websites have made equally compelling counter-arguments. Sharon Angle is probably crazy and definitely unqualified. But I don’t think I’ll be too broken up if Reid ultimately loses.

Mark F.
September 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Well, there were apparantly 60 votes to repeal DADT at one time. 3 GOP votes were needed for cloture. Reid wouldn’t compromise enough to get those 3 votes.

Mark F.
September 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Nevada has a “none of the above” option on the ballot. I suggest you Nevadans use it, or vote 3rd party. No way can you continue to reward Democrats like Reid with your votes! The gay community is being played for suckers. If a Republican is elected President in 2012, there may be no significant pro-gay legislation this decade because of the Democrats’ game playing.

Ryan
September 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Mark F, you don’t know that. None of us do. Ultimately, I have a very hard time imagining any Republican actually voting for repeal. Reid may have just provided Collins and her ilk decent cover.

middlewest
September 24th, 2010 | LINK

“No trouble” passing the healthcare bill? Has everyone gone insane?

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