I think the filibuster of the Defense Authorization Bill based on the repeal of DADT was a disgraceful, short-sighted, partisan and excessively stupid move on the part of the Republicans. The Democrats should be up in arms, should use this to their advantage in any way possible going into November. Polls show that a significant majority of Americans support repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Even the Tea Parties have avoided the issue. Democrats have the support of the nation on this one – more than they had for healthcare reform or financial reform. More than they had for stimulus or or virtually any other legislation. This is a bloody defense funding bill. Can’t they push this through via reconciliation?
At least Joe Lieberman didn’t pull the same bullshit John McCain pulled:
“It ought to go,” said Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut. “It’s un-American. It’s inconsistent with our best values of equal opportunity, who can get the job done, not what your private life is about.”
Mr. Lieberman and others said they would continue the fight.
It’s a shame the Northeast Republicans didn’t switch sides here. They would have been on the right side of history.