Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone. Today at 3 pm, a roll call vote will be held in the US Senate.
A simple majority is needed to pass — and that we have.
Big question is whether newly minted US Senator from West Virginia Joe Manchin will show up to vote.
Turns out he needs some on the job training after all — and wasn’t prepared for the tough decisions he was going to make in the US Senate given his comments that he didn’t know enough yet to move one way or another on this vote.
Manchin is running on conventional tracks now — worried that West Virginia has a lot of military folks who will object to DADT repeal. (But that didn’t stop Senator Robert Byrd and Senator Jay Rockefeller from strongly supporting repeal.)
Sadly, what Manchin does today at 3 pm will define him for a long time — no matter how much good he does on other policy fronts.
— Steve Clemons