The House of Representatives has voted 250-175 to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
In the Senate, Republican Olympia Snowe has joined her Maine colleague, Susan Collins, in support of repeal. An earlier repeal effort, tied to a defense spending bill, failed by three votes to reach the magic number of 60. Snowe makes 58.
I’m seeing reports that Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Scott Brown of Massachusetts will also vote for the stand-alone measure, which puts the total at 60. By some counts, Richard Lugar of Indiana and George Voinovich of Ohio are also votes for repeal.
If all that’s true, we now have enough votes to end this policy. The remaining trick is finding time on the Senate calendar to get those votes cast.
Harry Reid, the nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
– Jay Bookman