The Senate just failed to end the filibuster of the Defense Authorization bill. The vote was 57 – 40.
Great, we got Susan Collins. She’s the only GOPer on our side, but didn’t bring anyone with her. Thanks for nothing.
Also, thanks for nothing Scott Brown, Richard Lugar, Olympia Snowe and Lisa Murkowski. You voted for Senate process over equality — again. Here’s a concept: You can’t say you support ending DADT if you won’t vote for the legislation that could do it. Manchin voted with the Republicans.
But, this is also a failure of Democratic leadership on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. There is plenty of blame to go around. Let’s start with Barack Obama. The President’s cracker jack team of political experts put together this DADT repeal strategy. It’s been a mess from the beginning. The White House never fought hard enough and waited way too long.
This is not the end. We know there are Senators who are still trying to fix this. But, we’re running out of time.
And, we’ll win in the courts if not in the Senate.
I’ve had the song, Uprising, by the Muse in my head all day:
They will not force us.They will stop degrading us. They will not control us. We will be victorious.