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Dadt Repeal Fails

Dadt Repeal Fails - They had 60 votes in the bank, with Brown, Collins, and Murkowski all promising to vote yes if they could reach an agreement with Reid on debate time and amendments. He spent a day negotiating with them and then gave up, choosing to ignore their demands and force a vote by bringing the bill to the floor anyway. And it worked! … in Collins’s case. Brown and Murky voted no but she ended up voting yes, even though (a) Reid gave her nothing in return and (b) she pledged last week not to approve any bills until the tax cuts deal is settled. So not only is she exposed as a liar and a chump, she didn’t even get a successful repeal here as a consolation prize. That makes her our official sucker of the day, with Reid a close second for not delaying this vote until after the tax deal is done, when there might be time to satisfy Brown’s and Murkowki’s procedural demands. Take note, gay activists: He’s happy to postpone a vote on DREAM to improve its chances of passing, but when it comes to DADT, the mere gesture of a vote will suffice. No wonder the chair of GOProud is so angry with him.

The final roll: 57-40. Joe Manchin and Mark Kirk voted no too, but their votes would have been irrelevant with Brown, Murky, and Collins all onboard and all other Democrats voting yes. Another not so minor problem for Reid: Blanche Lincoln apparently missed the vote, meaning that it would have failed in this case even had Brown and Murkowski switched to yes.

Dadt Repeal Fails

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