After DADT Repeal Vote Fails, What's Next?
Last night's dramatic, depressing Senate vote that failed to repeat Don't Ask, Don't Tell by a margin of 57-40 has got pundits talking this morning.
- At Salon, Steve Kornacki has a rundown of who we should be blaming for this failure, pointing fingers mostly at "moderate" Republican senators like Scott Brown and Lisa Murkowski who voted "no" on the measure, and Senator Susan Collins of Maine who stalled it. He fails to mention John McCain, who may not have directly influenced the vote but whose blustering and obnoxious opposition to the repeal have been a lightning rod for opposition.
- At TPM, a discussion of the "stand-alone" DADT repeal bill that Collins and Joe Lieberman are planning to introduce. It would not be attached to any spending provisions, and while they say they have the votes and Lieberman has declared "it ain't over," observers agree that passage would probably be a "long shot."
- Here at Alternet, a plea to end the filibuster, which as Matt Yglesias notes, has resulted in a lot of good legislation being dead in the water.