If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had been serious about repealing Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell (DADT), he would have put the matter on the Senate calendar back in June, shortly after the House voted to overturn the ban. Instead, he waited until last September just as the Senate was preparing to adjourn before the fall elections and again pushed the matter back until this month, the final weeks of the current Congress.
While left-of-center bloggers may fault Republicans for blocking repeal (yes, they do have a point), the bulk of the blame lies with Harry. He’s had the votes to break a filibuster. There have always been least three Republicans who would have voted for repeal — and break a filibuster. The question is why didn’t he reach out to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and work with her on the proper manner to bring the matter to the Senate floor.
But, it appears the Nevada Democrat once again antagonized the Maine Republican.
While many on the left are busy badmouthing Republicans, they also need to ask why didn’t Harry Reid move this matter when time was on his side. And why he failed to reach out to Republicans who favor repeal.