In recent weeks, some commenters have instructed me that DADT repeal was a done deal. I never understood this, since Collins’s position all along has been consistent: she’ll vote for cloture if it doesn’t mean anything. Well, she voted for cloture…and it didn’t mean anything.
Obviously, this is a disgrace, and the near-inevitability doesn’t make it any less so. The only remaining venue for short-term repeal is the courts (which is presumably what the fake-moderate Republicans want to happen.) If they insist on appealing maybe the DOJ can at least tank the oral argument…
…according to Sargent, Reid brought this to a vote because he thought that “moderate” Republicans were bargaining in bad faith. Can anyone seriously dispute this?
…and, of course, the filibuster is an abomination.