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Senate Votes Scarce as Gates' Shadow Hangs over DADT Repeal

Defense Secretary Robert Gates' lukewarm reception of the compromise deal on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal and Obama's lack of leadership on the issue may be killing the measure's chances this week.

The AP: Gates  

Levin said he wasn't sure he had enough votes to pass the measure, as speculation surfaced that supporters were still at least one vote short.

While Webb said he would oppose the measure, Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, announced on Tuesday that she would support it. Sen. Ben Nelson, a conservative Nebraska Democrat who also sits on the panel, declined to say how he would vote.

Sen. Scott Brown, a Republican seen by many Democrats as a potential swing vote because he represents the heavily Democratic state of Massachusetts, said he was unlikely to agree to a repeal this week. "I am keeping an open mind, but I do not support moving ahead until I am able to finish my review, the Pentagon completes its study, and we can be assured that a new policy can be implemented without jeopardizing the mission of our military," Brown said.

Obama met privately with Republicans on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to press for bipartisan cooperation in general. According to attendees, he did not raise the issue of "don't ask, don't tell."

Said Servicemember's Legal Defense Fund executive director Aubrey Sarvis: "The door isn't closed, but it's barely cracked."

According to Politico, "The two main holdouts are Democratic Sens. Robert Byrd of West Virginia and Ben Nelson of Nebraska."

The WSJ adds, of Gates' grudging endorsement:

"Some activists worry that this endorsement will not be enough to persuade members of the Senate Armed Services Committee to agree to attach the repeal to a defense authorization bill now moving through Congress. The change must also pass the House. 'The Gates statement was spineless and maybe not even enough to get the bill through. The administration is not showing any leadership here,' said Richard Socarides, a prominent gay rights activist and former Clinton administration official."

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  1. Possibly, the "love" for Hillary was because, unlike Obama,she didn't consistently align herself with the likes of Donnie McKlurkin and other religious homophobes while, at the same time, telling us all the sweet nothings we so longed to hear.

    And for those so quick to accuse others on here of just sitting at the computer bitching; What proof do you have that that is all we/they have been doing? And, What proof do you have that proves you've done anymore than that?

    Posted by: TheRealist | May 26, 2010 4:26:11 AM

  2. Obama and Hillary had virtually the same views on everything so I don't understand the types that loved Hillary but hated Obama enough to vote for McCain.

    Sorry, but it has to be racism.

    Posted by: Josh | May 26, 2010 12:35:06 AM
    No Josh, this is reality! In the primaries, I wanted Hillary. After she lost, I voted for Obama, and knew what I was getting. Another indecisive President. All anyone had to do was to check his record in the Illinois Senate to know what he was going to be like. The ONLY reason I voted for Obama was I didn't want McCain/Palin (since I was sure that under a McCain/Palin administration, gays would be persecuted). Obama has always been all talk and less action. Sure, many bought the goods, thinking maybe, just maybe he was not as bad as he was in the Illinois Senate, but he is. It has nothing to do with race, all to do with leadership, which, so far, he lacks. Obama is in over his head.

    This is just another 'compromise' for gays to bend over and take it. Repeal would not go into effect until all guidelines are met (which could take years). Gates is a Bush hold over right winger, and his colors won't change. I truly believe he doesn't want to repeal DADT, and he is just waiting for the Republican's to gain more control in Congress. Once the Republican's build a stronger hold in Congress, you can kiss any gay rights out the window. Theocracy will abound.

    Posted by: CB | May 26, 2010 5:06:08 AM

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