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Conservatives block repeal of DADT

Democracy was in action again today in the U.S. Senate as the proposal to repeal the military’s silly and discriminatory “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was rejected by a vote of 43-56. That, of course, would be a vote of 56 to repeal and 43 to keep the darned thing.

Not clear if there’s any truth to the rumor that the 43 will be introducing a proposal to repeal the 19th and 13th Amendments.

9 Comments

  1. Clayton

    September 21, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    For those keeping score, Hagan voted “Yea” with Burr voting “Nay.” Here’s the roll call link so you can see how others voted: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00238

  2. north state politics

    September 21, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    How sad, I look forward to the day – hopefully soon – when we can look back on this with the same hindsight we now have about civil rights and women’s sufferage, and be in disbelieve that there was a day when we required people to lie about their sexuality in order to honorably serve their country.

  3. Dallas Woodhouse

    September 21, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Democratic Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor of Arkansas sided with Republicans to block the bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., also voted against the measure

  4. north state politics

    September 21, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    And good ridance to Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor who keep drinking that GOP, right-wing kool-aid.

  5. Rob Schofield

    September 21, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Like I said, conservatives blocked it. Reid voted “no” so he can move to reconsider if they find two more votes. Standard legislative procedure.

  6. Rob Schofield

    September 21, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Hey Dallas — Can we assume that, as a “libertarian” group, AFP supports repeal?

  7. Adam Searing

    September 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I’m sure AFP must support repeal – after all, what could be more intrusive than government asking people about their sex lives?

  8. Bria

    September 21, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Typical – Democrats blame Republicans and Republicans blame Democrats.

    A Libertarian president wouldn’t wait for Congress to act. He or she would do what Harry Truman did in integrating the military: tell the joint chiefs of staff to just do it!

  9. HunterC

    September 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    This vote is a classic US Senate farce.

    The US Senate is broken.

    As a North Carolinian, I will be voting to dump incumbent Richard Burr, and although I’m a Democrat I urge others in other states to dump their worthless US Senators without regard to party — including Harry Reid.

    No wailing about crazies and Sharon Angle. The US Senate is already crazy. The current Senators must pay a price for their failure to work.