In a minor miracle considering last week’s defeat, DADT repeal now appears to have the 60 votes needed for Senate passage. Scott Brown, Lisa Murkowski and Olympia Snowe have all pledged their unconditional support, meaning three no votes have flipped from last week’s tally. Add in Blanche Lincoln, who was at the dentist last time and missed the vote, and the 57 yes votes of a week ago go up to 61, assuming none of the yes votes flip.
I’ll admit I thought Joe Lieberman was bluffing when he said he could get the votes before last week’s failed vote and when he continued to say it this week, I started to wonder what he was smoking. But Lieberman, hard as it will be for many people to give it to him, deserve a hell of a lot credit if repeal passes.