America took a grand step forward a few minutes ago with the Senate’s action repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT). All we need is a presidential signature. My deepest appreciation to so many who worked so hard! This is historic.  Hallelujah!

Republicans stepping up to the plate today:

– Senator Richard Burrr (R-NC)
– Senator Scott Brown (R-MA)
– Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
– Senator John Ensign (R-NV)
– Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL)
– Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
– Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
– Senator George Voinovich (R-OH)

But it leaves me wondering why Dick Lugar wasn’t on this list today.  Running scared I can only presume given the threat from the right that he will undoubtedly face in his re-election bid in two years.  This is sad on so many levels.  And I won’t even begin to speculate about Lindsey Graham’s vote.  He was certainly neither courageous nor principled in his DADT vote today.   A bridge to far.