As I write this, the US Senate is voting to begin work on the Defense Authorization bill that includes repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Senator Reid led the vote without taking any of the deals with Senator Collins, who was holding the bill hostage to the Republican tax cuts. The cloture vote has failed, meaning that DADT Repeal is dead. The Senate similarly voted down support of 9/11 First Responders this morning and tabled the DREAM Act another week. Also, in the House, the Democrats did not cave in the way President Obama indicated should happen on tax cuts.
A lot of this sucks, because there’s a lot of important progress we’re not going to make, and there are a lot of different people who deserve blame.
But let’s spin this right: It’s the Republicans’ fault. Republicans made demands and held the rest of us hostage. If everybody’s taxes go up? It’s their fault. If the military goes unfunded? It’s their fault.
They are the bullies, and we cannot let them paint this as a win-win for them.
They are holding the American people hostage, and if we’re going to call their bluff, let’s own it.