After closely following (on twitter) the Senate vote on DADT today, I’m exhausted. It was close, with in the end, only one Democratic (Manchin) voting No, one Republican (Collins — in a surprise move, but admittedly after it was clear it wouldn’t pass) voting Yes, all Independents voting Yes and three absents. At 40-57, the repeal failed to pass (this is what is called the tyranny of the minority, when 2/3s is required to pass something).
However, surprisingly, we started to see these tweets from Lieberman, almost immediately after the cloture was finished:
@SenatorCollins and I and others are introducing a free standing bill to repeal #DADT today.
I won’t even begin to address the weirdness of hanging on Joe Leiberman’s efforts to keep DADT alive. Or of being able to follow all this pretty directly on twitter via #dadt.
Major props to Joe. My. God. for updating on the DADT proceedings all day long!