Like little stars.
Moderate Republicans won’t have to bother to actively come up with reasons to oppose the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” because I’m pretty sure that the infuriating debate over the method by which we’ll eventually extend the deficit-exploding Bush-era tax rates will consume the entirety of the lame duck session.
Joe Lieberman, who is in the right on this issue, says there are 60 votes for repeal, but he can’t say which Republican senators would actually vote to end a filibuster. He can’t say which ones would do that because, if the letter all of the Republican senators signed is any indication, not a single one of them — not Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Dick Lugar, or Lindsay Graham — will vote to invoke cloture on anything until the Democrats finish caving entirely on extension of the Bush tax rates.
Democrats and Republicans may be close to some dispiriting compromise on the tax issue, but that compromise will be hammered out at some sort of bipartisan summit, and once the summit comes to an agreement (if it does!), both houses will have to vote on it, and by that point there’s not a chance in hell that the Senate will manage to overcome legislative obstruction by opponents of gay rights and have a vote on “don’t ask, don’t tell” before everyone adjourns for Christmas.
(Please remember that Mitch McConnell, who is much smarter and cannier than Harry Reid, does not want this Senate to accomplish anything besides extension of tax cuts for wealthy people, and one thing Mitch McConnell is quite good at, besides looking like a blobfish, is delaying things.)
And then next year, we get a brand-new Congress that will be markedly less friendly to the concept of equality.
So… waiting months for that Pentagon review to provide political cover for votes in support of a popular measure that might’ve already have the votes anyway seems like maybe a bad move, in hindsight.
Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @pareeneMore Alex Pareene.
Like little stars.
World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.