"I can explain it to you but, I can't understand it for you"
I would tend to agree.
The fact is, both major parties suffer from the same neurosis -- republican (not to be confused with Republican) principles and the will of the people are fine things, provided that in practice they agree with their own agenda.
It's not even a question of ending riders on spending bills, it's more a matter of stopping the constant "gotcha" bull****.
movement of this measure in a lame duck is almost unimaginable
the party has its priorities, and dadt aint it
if (a big word) leadership is to attempt to advance anything in december, it will be an issue closer to its heart, such as the bush cuts or energy
dadt is pretty far down obama/pelosi's list
leadership on dadt, just like with health care reform, has SHOT its WAD
it's a non starter in the next congress
Senator Billybob voted to kill kittens. Who will he kill next? Your grandmother, maybe.
One of you will end up here next!
Bottom line it's much easier for Republican's to pick off a Southern/Midwest Dem or two, than a liberal getting a Conservative/libertarian Republican for votes on the extreme liberal policies we've witnessed.
The Obama Deficit
Are you honestly saying that, in the fact of the utter havoc being wrought on the Republicans by the Tea Party movement? Really?
That said, once the Republicans get their majority, even without the current chaos they will have to contend with a lot of infighting. It's a lot easier to unify as a minority to stop a majority you're diametrically opposed to than it is to maintain unity once you've got the power.
snippet just off the AP wire today:
One in five sexually active gay and bisexual men has the AIDS virus, and nearly half of those don't know they are infected, a federal study of 21 U.S. cities shows.
Experts said the findings are similar to earlier research, but the study released Thursday is the largest to look at gay and bisexual U.S. men at high risk for HIV. More than 8,000 men were tested and interviewed, and 44 percent of those who had the virus didn't know they had it.
Overall, less than half of 1 percent of Americans have the AIDS virus, according to a calculation by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a research and policy organization in Washington, D.C.
But gay and bisexual men continue to be infected at much higher rates, said Jennifer Kates, Kaiser's director of global health and HIV policy.
"We don't have a generalized epidemic in the United States. We have a concentrated epidemic among certain populations," she said.
That's why a new national AIDS strategy, unveiled by the White House in July, is emphasizing more of a government focus on men who have sex with men and others at the highest risk of getting infected, Kates said.
Obviously alot of USA military folks are celebrating today that they won't have to be sharing fox holes with those these statistics bear out often have such a lack of self control that they carelessly transmit a lethal desease.
Because the gay and bisexual men in the armed services are known for hiding in foxholes, waiting for the perfect moment to shed their cover and strike by surprise with their deadly blade of disease-ridden death.
None of the recruiters I ever spoke to ever mentioned this fringe benefit. All they ever wanted to talk about was duty and honor and being all you can be and educational / career benefits.
If when I asked, "why on earth would I take up arms in defense of an abstract concept" they'd said "for the anal rape," I totally would've signed up.