Senate Fails to Break Filibuster and Repeal DADT

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

This afternoon by a vote of 56-43, Senate Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to pass a defense spending bill. Attached to it was legislation repealing the 17-year old Clinton-era policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” which bans openly gay Americans from serving in the military.

SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis said:

“Today’s Senate vote was a frustrating blow to repeal this horrible law. We lost because of the political maneuvering dictated by the mid-term elections. Let’s be clear: Opponents to repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ did not have the votes to strike those provisions from the bill. Instead, they had the votes for delay. Time is the enemy here. We now have no choice but to look to the lame duck session where we’ll have a slim shot. The Senate absolutely must schedule a vote in December when cooler heads and common sense are more likely to prevail once midterm elections are behind us. Servicemembers Legal Defense Network will continue to take this fight to the American people, the vast majority of whom support repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’”

Richard Socarides, the former White House adviser on LGBT rights during the Clinton administration said President Obusha “badly miscalculated” the Pentagon’s support for repeal, while Democrats made only a “token effort” to advance the bill. “The whole thing is a political train wreck. If it was a priority for the Democratic leadership, they would get a clean vote on this.” Socarides said.

Arkansas Democratic Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor sided with Republicans to block the bill. The outcome of today’s vote may have been very different if the voters of Massachusetts had elected Democratic AG Martha Coakley to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy instead of Republican Scott Brown but sadly, this was not the case.

As we would expect, the Obusha White House had no comment on today’s senate vote.

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18 Responses to Senate Fails to Break Filibuster and Repeal DADT

  1. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Obama (Obusha?) can pass an Executive Order that suspends enforcement of discharges until another DADT repeal bill comes up.

    I think this is within his authority. But the question is, would the president stick his neck out and do it? My guess is, no. If Robert Gates tells him not to weigh in on this, Obama will be a good boy and do as he’s told.

  2. Massagatto says:

    November is the beginning of the end for House and Senate Democrats.

    Obama will follow in 2 years.

    The president, regardless of political party is the de facto leader of the party. That said, let’s review a few of the constituencies Mr. Obama has managed to flush down the toilet in a scant 20 months.

    Gays – lost
    Independents – lost
    Seniors – lost
    White men – lost
    Hispanics – lost
    Women – lost
    Civil libertarians – lost
    The Unemployed – lost
    Blacks – almost lost

    Gee, by Nov. 2012, all Obama will have left to vote for him is Michelle and Bo.

  3. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    President Obama was busy today doing ceremonial duties handing out a Medal of Honor to an Air Force sergeant who died 40 years ago in Vietnam.

    I always thought this sort of thing was reserved for vice presidents? Well, in any case, Obama could have dispatched VP Biden to do some deal making on the Hill to get this bill passed. Of course, now Obama won’t have to veto it over the new $500 million engine Obama said was wasteful.

  4. Woodcliffe says:

    The bill also included a pay raise for the military.

    So I guess we can accurately conclude John McCain and Susie Collins hate the troops?

  5. DMason says:

    I blame everyone. The Democrats for a flawed bill, the Republicans for the filibuster and Obama for his lack of support. I will tell you this. I am not sending one dollar to anyone in Washington. I am no longer supporting any incumbent member of congress. All of them need to go and I mean, all of them. Our elected lawmakers don’t deserve to hold office. They make me sick to my stomach.

  6. lea-lea says:

    Jobs tomorrow.
    Gay rights in 3010.

    Susan “Baby Talk” Collins needs her ass kicked. Bitch had better stay far away from LA or this Latina might call her out.

    You think she talks funny now? Just wait. 😉

  7. Greg Equality Lengkong says:

    Didn’t Joe Solmonese, President and Fashionista of the Human Rights Campaign remind us queers Mr. Obama & the Dumbos “had a plan” to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and to not give up on them, and more importantly, keep writing those checks to the Human Rights Campaign, because DADT would be repealed by the end of this year?

    In fact, I’m sure of it because I am constantly being hounded by email requests for donations from the HRC and I save them all in my mailbox.

    Looks like Solmonese doesn’t know what he’s talking about and further more, hasn’t earned his $400,000 salary.

  8. Chad Lebanon says:

    This is a HUGE loss and I am furious.

    But here’s something to cheer everyone up. Larry Summers will leave Team Obama at the end of the year.

  9. Kate Novotny says:

    I am completely confused.

    A Federal judge in California ruled just last week that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is unconstitutional. How then, can a pack of vicious, homophobic wolves in the US Congress vote against a Federal judge?

    The matter must go the US Justice Department. The DoJ can instruct the Congress to repeal this terrible, discriminatory policy. AG Eric Holder needs to get off his ass and get busy.

  10. Pechanga says:

    Washington failed this country again.

  11. bradfrmphnx says:

    The biggest reason it failed, in my opinion, is that the Dream Act was coupled with it. If the bill would have been presented on its own merits, and not sided with a trillion dollar defense spending bill (which is too much money that we don’t have), and the Dream Act then we would be playing taps over DADT right now. Another miserable failure from the left who just can’t seem to stop tripping over their own feet.

  12. LM says:

    No one could have thought Dream and DADT would pass together – a clear decision to kill both at once.

  13. Massagatto: You forgot labor.
    lea-lea: Can I watch? Thanks in advance.

  14. Jim says:

    Thanks for nothing Obama and fellow Dems.

  15. Jolly Roger says:

    The huge mistake this President makes is to think that because he has achieved some good things, we are now to just get in lockstep, like the Rushpubliscums do for their failed leaders.

    Nope. We are sentient, and we remember promises made, and promises broken, and there are consequences. More and more I believe that he isn’t going to even run again in 2012, which is probably the best choice he has. I do realize that he is damned if he does, and damned if he doesn’t, but….. better to be damned for taking a courageous position, like Harry S. Truman did in 1948, or Lyndon Johnson did in 1964.

  16. feminazi says:

    Mother Jones online magazine has an article about the debacle yesterday. President Obama refused to make a single phone call to Capitol Hill. He couldn’t be bothered and wasn’t interested. Vice President Biden did make a few phone calls. I guess beggars can’t be choosers, right? I hate to admit it but gay bloggers have been correct all along. The president says he’s your “fiercest advocate” but at the end of the day, you’re better off with Lady Gaga’s support.

  17. Rinaldo says:

    The bill was never intended to pass, it was put together as a political ploy before the election, that’s why they put the dream act and DADT repeal into a defense bill. The democrats thought it would help them have something to campaign on. Now they can say to the hawks: republicans blocked a defense bill! And they can say to hispanics: republicans blocked the dream act! And they can say to LGBT community: we tried to repeal DADT but the republicans blocked it!

    You can bet that your booty that Blanche Lincoln’s and Mark Pryor’s “no” votes were planned by the senate leadership. This might help Blanche in her re-election bid.

    It’s an example of washington at it’s worst.

  18. Pingback: Blanche Lincoln, Mark Pryor Side with GOP to Block Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ | rightwingPL

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