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Some Senators Who Should Not Have Voted Against DADT Repeal

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The roll call on the Don't ask, Don't tell repeal is here.

It seems to me that these senators should not have voted against DADT repeal:

  • Bennett (R-UT). He's already been defeated, and probably will work as a lobbyist in DC. He's also smarter than his vote.
  • Grassley (R-IA). No one will defeat Grassley in Iowa, and on some issues he is actually pretty good. He should have risen to the occasion.
  • McCain (R-AZ). John, what the hell has happened to you?
  • Vitter (R-LA). You hang out in diapers with hookers, but you insist that gays stay in the closet?
  • Judd Gregg (R-NH). Gregg knows better, and he doesn't represent Mississippi. He should have showed up, and voted the right way. Plus, you are leaving the Senate anyway.
  • Dick Lugar (R-IN). What's the point of having all this tenure in the Senate if you can't cast a stateman's like vote once in a while? This was a missed chanced for Lugar.
  • Hutchison (R-TX) Ok, you are a republican from Texas. But does that mean you have to vote like a bigot? Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) represents a very conservative state (bigger by size than Texas too), but she was able to vote yea.
  • Graham (R-SC). Well, plenty has been said about Senator Lindsey Graham by others. But it was disappointing nonetheless.

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Update: This is the National Review Corner blog on the switch in vote by Senators Burr and Ensign. Both voted against cloture, but for the repeal of DADT. (Link here). Kay Hutchison (R-TX) was the only woman in the Senate to vote against repeal. After cloture, Republicans voting for the repeal included:

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)*
Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) *
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill)
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.)
Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Vermont),
Sen. Susan Collins. (R-Vermont)

* Switched vote after cloture.