You may ask, why not 58 Dems? Well, that's because Sen. Manchin seems to find holiday parties more important than voting for legislation that restores civil rights to those who serve in our country's military. When it comes to lead, follow, or get out of the way, he apparently chose option 3.
Would've been a perfect day if the Senate hadn't been busy killing the DREAM Act earlier. Sens. Lugar, Bennett and Murkowski deserve no blame on that one - they did the right thing, it was five defecting Dems who decided children who got dragged into this country illegally don't get a chance to go to college and get decent jobs in the only country they've ever truly called home. You can find the offending dumbfucks at the link, and add them to your list of Dems who deserve to get primaried when next they beg for our votes.
Still. Banner day. I have no idea how the hell this happened - I expected Senate Cons to stand united against teh gayz, considering what frothing insane Tea Partiers are likely to do to the Republicans who try to take even small, popular stands for basic rights and freedoms - but I'm so glad DADT is dead. Let's hope Gates et al work quickly to get the new policy in force.
And should you get a chance, give an LGBT servicemember a hug today.