Too Close to Call
The vote today on repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the Dream Act (attached to the military spending bill) is too close to call. The cynic in me feels that the GOP will unify once again in obstruction with their favorite tactic: the fillibuster. Collins and Snowe are already complaining about "process" even though they support the repeal. Haven't we heard this before? And Democrat Jim Webb isn't helping, indicating he'd support a Republican fillibuster. But we can't give up hope yet! The following Senators are either on the fence or could be convinced to change their "no" leanings. Please call these Senators to encourage them to vote "yes" this afternoon. When I called, many phone boxes were full (a good sign?) but please do what you can if you believe in this.
Snowe 800-432-1599 or 202-224-5344
Washington (CNN) -- The outcome of a key Senate vote Tuesday on whether to begin debate on legislation that includes a repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy remains too close to call.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, needs 60 votes to bring the bill to the floor, and Republicans are threatening a filibuster that would prevent the 59-member Democratic caucus from doing so.
The Republicans appear united against the measure, including some GOP senators who favor lifting the Pentagon's requirement that gays and lesbians keep their sexuality a secret.
At least there is one outspoken leader on this. Lady Gaga rallies in Maine for the repeal of DADT.
The 24-year-old singer also drew cheers by proposing a new law, titled, "If you don't like it, go home," which would remove homophobic straight soldiers from the military instead of gay soldiers.
"If you are not honorable enough to fight without prejudice, go home," she shouted.
Opponents of the 1993 ban have urged Snowe and Collins, both of whom oppose the policy, to join Democrats and help shut down a Republican-led filibuster of a defense authorization bill that would repeal the restriction. Democrats are unlikely to muster the 60-vote supermajority needed to get the bill to the Senate floor without their support. But in statements issued Monday, both senators indicated they would vote with GOP leaders and block the measure.
A key procedural vote is set for Tuesday afternoon.
In addition to speaking at Monday's rally, Gaga has used her online presence to rally her fans -- nicknamed "Little Monsters" -- in support of repeal.
"All hands on deck Lil Monsters: Key Senate vote this Tues. on #DADT repeal. We need 60 senators. Call your senator now," she tweeted on Thursday. She goes into more detail on her website, offering talking points for fans who make the call and urging them to voice their opposition to a filibuster or any amendments that would keep the ban in effect.