12/08/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
And now it comes down to this. . .tonight, the first of the votes on repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will occur with there being two unknown votes on the subject. If out-going Senator Blanche Lincoln votes ‘yes’ on cloture and breaks the filibuster, then it is up to one Republican to do so as well. Tonight, the vote will happen on cloture and debate will proceed. If Senators Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski or Mark Kirk side with the Democrats to proceed to debate, then the game will be over and debate will begin. That does not mean that DADT will be repealed yet, but it means that they will be proceeding.
Senator Mark Pryor signaled his support today, and Senator Scott Brown signaled his last week.
Even if it is repealed, the repeal will not be instantaneous with the pre-repeal process taking roughly a year to complete so that all of the various and sundry policies and educational experiences can occur.