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Lieberman Proposes “Hail Mary” To Revive DADT Repeal

Jim Burroway

December 9th, 2010

According to Towleroad, Sen. Joseph Lieberman is holding a news conference saying that he and Sen. Susan Collins will introduce a stand-alone bill to repeal DADT. He says that Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised a vote on the new measure.  So far, there are no details on the timing. An identical stand alone bill would also have to pass the House.

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L. Junius Brutus
December 9th, 2010 | LINK

Yeah, Reid is a very reliable guy.

Matt
December 9th, 2010 | LINK

Supposedly this bill will be “Rule 14′d”, meaning it will skip committee and come straight to the floor.

Of course, it would still have to go through the House…

Mark F.
December 9th, 2010 | LINK

The House is not a problem. If it gets passed in the Senate, it will be passed in the House and signed by Obama.

Lindoro Almaviva
December 9th, 2010 | LINK

For one i am in complete agreement with Brutus

TampaZeke
December 9th, 2010 | LINK

ALL of our “fierce advocates” who planned for this to all come down in December, AFTER the midterms and during a lame duck session, knew EXACTLY what they were doing.

They are getting exactly the result that they planned for.

Sink DADT repeal and be able to say “Well, we tried!”. Win/Win as far as they’re concerned. Unless we make it very clear to the Republican AND Democratic Parties that this strategy will be a LOSE/LOSE we will never be taken seriously as a constituency.

Everett
December 9th, 2010 | LINK

Sen. Lieberman and Sen. Collins seem to be the only politicians acting as leaders on this issue in the whole of Washington, D.C. They’re on the side of justice and equality, NOT Obama or Reid. Here’s hoping that the repeal for DADT as a stand-alone bill passes. Reid is a jerk! I wonder if it is because of his Mormon religion that he keeps screwing gay people over?

Everett
December 9th, 2010 | LINK

Oh, and if you were watching the Senate floor on C-span during the vote for cloture, Sen. Lieberman was walking all over the floor talking to Sen. Collins and Sen. Murkowski. What did Sen. Reid do? He went over to a conservative republican and started smiling and joking. Hardly a serious senator looking to persuade his colleagues to vote “yes” on the cloture vote. But I bet Sen. Lieberman was busy on the senate floor trying to get the votes necessary somehow to repeal DADT….

Ryan
December 9th, 2010 | LINK

Okay, this is perfect. Now we’ll know for certain if these “moderate” Republicans like Brown and Murkowski actually do intend to vote for repeal, or if they were just playing games with Reid and running out the clock as I suspect. Obviously, if Collins is working with Lieberman on this then she’s sincere. But with Lincon abstaining and Manchin voting no (and then weirdly apologizing for it and grossly lying and saying he believes it will he repealed soon) there needs to be four GOP votes. Only three have publicly supported repeal and two may be lying. Where’s the fourth? I guess we’ll know next week. One thing is for certain: with a stand alone vote, no one will be able to blame Reid and pretend the GOP are blameless if it fails.

Everett
December 9th, 2010 | LINK

Ryan, Rachel Maddow (on her show) said that Sen. Lincoln would have voted “yes” for cloture, but she was at the dentist when Sen. Reid suddenly called for the vote today. Even Sen. Collins had to be pulled out of a meeting because of the surprise vote. Remember, Lincoln is gone come January, so she could possibly be persuaded to vote yes on a stand-alone bill.

Ryan
December 9th, 2010 | LINK

Okay, that’s good news. That means it’s all down to Brown and Murkowski. Personally, I don’t believe them, but I’d love to be proven wrong. And so would my best friend and my cousin, incidentally, both of whom are currently in the Navy and in the closet.

Chris Crieta
December 9th, 2010 | LINK

What can now be done to press the Obama administration to drop its appeal of Judge Phillips’s decision?

Stefan
December 10th, 2010 | LINK

Lincoln has said many times that she favors repeal of DADT (even without the study being complete).

I also hope that if the repeal fails, the 9th Circut will grant the Log Cabin request of speeding the trial up to April.

customartist
December 11th, 2010 | LINK

Has each and every reader here called their Senators?

(202)224-3121

*The Operator will direct you if you do not know your representative

Even those Senators who are not inclined to vote for Repeal MUST know that Their vote on this issue will affect Our vote for them in the next election.

Call now!

Key Senators:

Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): 202-224-6665
George Voinovich (R-OH): 202-224-3353
Olympia Snowe (R-ME): 202-224-5344
Richard Lugar (R-IN): 202-224-4814
Judd Gregg (R-NH): 202-224-3324
Scott Brown (R-MA): 202-224-4543
Kit Bond (R-MO): 202-224-5721
Mark Kirk (R-IL): 202-224-2854
Joe Manchin (D-WV): 202-224-3954

This is the Will of the American People.

Grant
December 13th, 2010 | LINK

Although probably mentioned elsewhere by someone, I wanted to note here that I’ve been really pleased at the leadership role and the work done by Sen. Lieberman. He’s received a lot of flak from progressives in the past – on this issue, he truly is leading with conviction. If repeal of DADT is accomplished in this lame duck session, much of the credit will be due to him.

Thank you Sen. Lieberman.

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