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Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 12/20/2010

Harry Reid earns his place in history

By Greg Sargent

A month ago, with no members of the press present, Harry Reid gave a speech at the private wedding of his openly gay communications director, Jon Summers. According to a source who was present, Reid spoke powerfully in favor of equality for gay and lesbian Americans.

I'm reporting this previously undisclosed episode because I'm not sure folks fully grasp how instrumental Reid was in getting don't ask don't tell repealed. Specifically, I don't think it's clearly understood what was so effective about his strategy, and why it was central to getting this done against all odds.

It's worth stepping back and pondering how dramatic the reversal in Reid's fortunes has been in the past six months. Last summer, his reelection campaign was in so much trouble that people were openly speculating about who would succeed him as Majority Leader. Six months later, he has not only been reelected after presiding over one of the most productive Congresses in decades, but he's also earned himself a place in the history books for notching an accomplishment that rivals the great civil rights bills of the past.

How did Reid do it? Advocates for gay equality hammered Reid relentlessly throughout this process, erupting in anger each time he refused to state definitively that a DADT vote would happen or refused to clarify precisely when such a vote would happen. Advocates worried that Reid was going to let the session pass without a DADT vote at the behest of the White House, which was prioritizing New START above all else.

But Reid's approach paid off, and here's how. Recall what happened before the vote on the defense authorization bill containing DADT repeal was blocked by the GOP. Reid made a whole range of concessions to GOP moderates, bringing them to the brink of casting a Yes vote. When it became clear that Susan Collins's procedural demands risked throwing the lame-duck session into chaos, Reid's decision to fast-track the vote -- even though vote counters knew it would not pass if he did -- was roundly criticized.

In retrospect, it turns out Reid's gamble worked. Scheduling that first vote allowed moderates the room to register their procedural objections with a No vote. As Reid knew, he could then schedule a second, stand-alone vote, giving the moderates a bit more time and maneuvering room (and another round of meetings with military leaders) to come around to the Yes camp.

What's more, when Joe Lieberman and others started demanding that Reid hold the DADT vote before resolving New START, Reid saw the logic of this move. According to sources involved with the process, Reid had specifically delegated to Joe Lieberman the task of rounding up the votes, and assured him a vote would happen if he got to 60. Lieberman assured him he had over 60 in hand, and told him the prospects for repeal would be at risk if the vote were delayed. Reid forged ahead despite GOP threats that so doing could scuttle the START treaty. The rest is history.

Needless to say, advocates and bloggers who pushed tirelessly for repeal, as well as Obama and the White House, were every bit as important to the process as was Reid. For all the talk about the White House prioritizing New START, the simple fact is that the White House created the political climate to make repeal possible. The Pentagon report and Robert Gates' testimony were major game-changers that removed the last pretexts GOP moderates had for opposing repeal. And the relentless pressure applied to the White House and Reid by advocates and bloggers was ultimately instrumental in compelling Democratic leaders to maintain full commitment to getting repeal done.

Reid's efforts may not be quite on a par with Lyndon Johnson's masterful orchestration of the Senate during the civil rights debates of the 1950s. But DADT repeal is on a par with the great civil rights milestones, and Reid, one of the primary movers making this legislative achievement a reality, has now secured his own place in history.

By Greg Sargent  | December 20, 2010; 12:22 PM ET
Categories:  Senate Dems, gay rights  
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Comments

Maybe you have to be named "Harry" to advance equality in the military?

Posted by: S1VA | December 20, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

This is clearly the result of a failure of Obama's leadership...

Posted by: mikefromArlington | December 20, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if the White House was as instrumental as you state in moving the repeal ahead of START ratification. The GOP seems to be holding to their position that as Lindsey Graham said over the weekend "moving ahead on DADT repeal poisoned the well" and he along with John Kyl and Mitch McConnell will not support START. As of right now I don't see the Senate gathering 67 votes in the lame duck and thats a major blow to the President's foreign policy.

http://www.doubledutchpolitics.com/2010/12/lame-duck-congress-update-monday-morning-round-up/

Posted by: RyanC1384 | December 20, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Ryan, all I was saying is that WH created the political climate to make this happen, and they deserve big time credit for that

Posted by: Greg Sargent | December 20, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Crystal-balling here:

The DADT repeal appears to have really have cast in a bright new light the pure partisan extremism of the GOP in regards to START.

Perhaps Harry *knew* that once DADT was taken care of, obstruction by the GOP re: START would look even worse for them?

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | December 20, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse


When are you going to come out of the closet Greg? Just kidding.

But you Dims can kiss STSRT tresty goodbye that is for sure.

Posted by: screwjob23 | December 20, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I never thought gay people would be able to serve openly in my lifetime -- but I am very happily surprised.

But there will be huge blowback in the next two years -- just as there was after the last historic civil rights legislation. It will turn up the howl/screech/whine volume on the teatards, as they see further evidence that they are being left behind on the dung heap of history.

Posted by: fiona5 | December 20, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Greg,
I would definitely agree on that. Many liberals moan and groan that Obama isn't vocal enough in public comments on certain issues. It appears his work behind the scenes, making phone calls, and nudging the lawmakers was the perfect for moving this repeal forward.

A more vocal Obama may have led to moderate Republicans(especially Burr, Kirk, & Snowe)dropping off, not wanting to look like they sided with the President.

What are your thoughts on the START treaty? Do you think they are gonna get this baby ratified in the lame duck?

Posted by: RyanC1384 | December 20, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I for one am not ready to canonize Harry Reid for repealing DADT. This is just using the military as an instrument of social engineering.

Posted by: delusional1 | December 20, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse


The START treaty is not going to happen in this lame duck session you can thank Harry the horse's asp Reid for that too, speaking of thanking Harry.

Posted by: screwjob23 | December 20, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have lost the policy debate on START. Having past Presidents and their most senior staff out in support of this treaty spells bad news for Republicans who chose not to ratify this.

Apart from the partisan Fox crew, nobody is siding with Republicans deciding to vote against this because they got their feelings hurt.

So basically, it boils down to this.

Republicans don't get their way so they throw a fit and possibly endanger our relations with Russia. Smart move ding dongs.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | December 20, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse


The START treaty is not going to happen in this lame duck session you can thank Harry the horse's asp Reid for that too, speaking of thanking Harry.

Posted by: screwjob23 | December 20, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse


Silly Dims you do not ratify a treaty during a lame duck session. Not going to happen. Unless you Dims think Putin is planning to nuke America during the next two weeks there is no reason to even consider this treaty now.

If START is a good treaty today it will still be a good treaty on January the 3rd when there are 47 Republicans in the Senate.

Posted by: screwjob23 | December 20, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are willing to destroy U.S.-Russia relations because they didn't get their way.

It's like rationalizing with 5 year olds.

Dad: I'm sorry son but if we don't move right now, this giant sink hole will swallow the house with us in it.

5 yr old: But I want my lolly pop now!!!!

Posted by: mikefromArlington | December 20, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Poor screwjob -- seems to have quite a few screws loose, par for the course. a prime example of the unginged partisan hatred that seems to be the only emotional republicans today are capable of. They really would rather die than let Democrats win anything.

Posted by: fiona5 | December 20, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Give Harry due credit, the senate is MUCH more difficult now than it was during LBJ's time.

Oh, and good job "screwjob23" for proving, once again, that Greg has the dumbest trolls on the internets.

:"Perhaps Harry *knew* that once DADT was taken care of, obstruction by the GOP re: START would look even worse for them?"

One can hope. They really have to good reason for obstructing START. Except that they're really just jack*sses.

Posted by: lcrider1 | December 20, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid and the democrats have no comprehension of how to deal with the Russians or any other foreign goverement in treadies. They, like Nevill Chamberlin in WW II, are totally cluless in any dealings. Like Chamberline they think a tready will stop future agressions and prevent wars.

Posted by: jmsmaxwell | December 20, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Okay, Greg - I'm thanking Reid for getting this done, but I'm not going to make him a saint. Fact is that after it was apparent there were 60 votes for the standalone Reid HAD to schedule the vote, and he HAD to schedule it before START. No kudos for that - if he didn't schedule the vote he would have been excoriated.

And I'm not buying into that "first vote allow[ing] moderates the room to register their procedural objections with a No vote." That first vote was a waste of time - the moderates were already on board. I don't think there's any evidence that the GOP moderates would have voted No on the standalone without first voting No on the Defense Authorization with DADT.

Let's not go overboard here - the man is a Mormon for cripes sakes.

Posted by: sbj3 | December 20, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Silly Dims you do not ratify a treaty during a lame duck session.

But the GOP thought it was a good idea to impeach the President of the United States during a lame duck session.

Posted by: pragmaticagain | December 20, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

fiona5: the blowback will be peanuts compared to outlawing slavery; i.e., it took a civil war to keep the Union together, then the South beat back Reconstruction and instituted Jim Crow. Then 1964/65. Today, there is still blowback, however coded. But, now, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and other non-discriminatory laws are in ascendancy once again vis-a-vis individual American's civil rights. The Rule of Law will checkmate any blowback.

Posted by: dozas | December 20, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

'screwjob'and 'delusional' -- apt.

prime examples of the unginged partisan hatred that seems to be the only emotion republicans today are capable of. They really would rather die than let Democrats win anything.

Posted by: fiona5 | December 20, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

In this congress, Harry Reid has presided over two history-making pieces of democratic (small d) legislation: ACA and the repeal of DADT.

He's worked hard, taken many severe hits from all sides, but he's earned his place in history. He has a record to be proud of.

Thank you, Harry Reid.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | December 20, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

sbj: "Okay, Greg - I'm thanking Reid for getting this done"

No, you are posting a comment on a blog.

Thank him properly, fax, email, phone call...you know...a REAL thank you.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | December 20, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

"But Reid's approach paid off, and here's how. Recall what happened before the vote on the defense authorization bill containing DADT repeal was blocked by the GOP. Reid made a whole range of concessions to GOP moderates, bringing them to the brink of casting a Yes vote. When it became clear that Susan Collins's procedural demands risked throwing the lame-duck session into chaos, Reid's decision to fast-track the vote -- even though vote counters knew it would not pass if he did -- was roundly criticized."

Absent from your analysis (or canonization) of Harry Reid's role in DADT repeal is the basic fact that DADT passed after Reid and the White House acquiesced to the terms of Mitch McConnell's letter of 11/29/2010.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/opinions/pages/PrioritiesLetter.pdf

Had the standoff on extending all of the tax cuts and the government funding issue not been resolved to the Republicans satisfaction, there's every reason to believe that stand alone DADT would have gone down just as the DADT amendment to the defense authorization bill did.

Secondly, there's nothing in the reporting at the time to indicate that the failure of the DADT amendment and replacement with a stand alone DADT bill was part of some great LBJ/Machiavellian legislative strategy to give Republican moderates a way to vote against the amendment on "procedural objections" and then vote for the full bill.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/12/is_dadt_repeal_in_trouble_agai.html

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/12/why_harry_reid_decided_to_move.html

More likely, it was an ad-hoc reaction after the tax and budget deals were reached to try and salvage something from Reid's earlier failure to pass the Defense Authorization Bill and the DADT amendment.

You could just as easily construct a narrative that this shows the genius of Mitch McConnell in leveraging the unity of his caucus and the Senate rules to achieve their top priorities on taxes and spending by blocking action on other Democratic priorities until they were done. To use President Obama's analogy, once the hostage takers get what they want, they release the hostages. That doesn't negate the fact that the tactic worked.

By all means celebrate the success of the repeal of DADT, but don't go putting Harry Reid on a pedestal because of it.

Posted by: jnc4p | December 20, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

And now the Republicans are all bitter and complaining that the Democrats steamrolled them and now they'll refuse to vote on New START. Lindsey Graham, of all people, accused Reid of "poisoning" the lame duck session. I thought better of Sen. Graham.

Posted by: weiwentg | December 20, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Hooray! The old man finally grew a pair.

Posted by: areyousaying | December 20, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

@screwjob: If START is a good treaty today it will still be a good treaty on January the 3rd when there are 47 Republicans in the Senate.

So now there has to be 47 Republican senators to approve START ? So 41 ain't good enough ?

Posted by: Gaithersburg1 | December 20, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

@jnc4p: Thanks for your post at December 20, 2010 1:11 PM. I'd really like to see Greg respond as I think he's gone off the deep end a bit here...

Posted by: sbj3 | December 20, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Hooray! The old man finally grew a pair.

Posted by: areyousaying | December 20, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Hooray! The old man finally grew a pair.

Posted by: areyousaying | December 20, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, off topic, but this is such a telling quote about teabaggers -- they really know how to hate. Going after an entire branch of a Christian religion for following the teachings of Jesus, now that's class:

"Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips has a dream: "No more Methodist Church."

A blog post on his Tea Party Nation page says that on Friday he walked by the United Methodist Building in Washington D.C., which had a sign that said, "Pass the DREAM Act." Phillips wrote: " I have a DREAM. That is, no more United Methodist Church."

Phillips explains that he was formerly a member of the church, but he left because it's "the first Church of Karl Marx," and "little more than the "religious" arm of socialism."

"The Methodist church is pro-illegal immigration," he continues. "They have been in the bag for socialist health care.

"In short, if you hate America, you have a great future in the Methodist church," he says.

Posted by: fiona5 | December 20, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Judson Phillips is what you'd call a Teahadist.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | December 20, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

His place in history?

For DADT?

Good Lord, SOMEONE'S having delusions of grandeur today.

Umm, especially considering that Harry Reid voted "Yea" on the original DADT law.

Sorry, Harry Reid's place in history, as one of the worst Majority Leaders of all time, is already fairly well secured.

This won't change that, no matter how hard Greg Sargent cheerleads.

Posted by: etpietro | December 20, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

And in 50 years, Republicans will be telling us how the "Party of Lincoln" was the driving force in the DADT repeal.

Posted by: joshlct | December 20, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

As well as a moron. He also thinks only property owners should be allowed to vote. I've yet to hear a single bagger say something that made any sense.

Posted by: fiona5 | December 20, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

They had two years to do it, I wonder why they waited until they did not have a filibuster proof majority? It should have been done in Jan, 2009, not in the lame duck.

Elections sure have consequences, Democrats are working hard to prove they do not respect elections and not listening to us, the people.

They tried to lock in irresponsible spending, against what we, the people, said in November.

They tried to do a back door amnesty for 'children' brought here illegally (or not documented) and then magically, when the DREAM Act allowed, 12-18 million 'children' would flood the system. Brilliant how there would be no documents to prove that you came here illegally.

The Dream of Amnesty Act failed luckily.

Now they want to ram the START treaty down our throats with no debate, as if Obama has any credibility looking out for our interests.

Posted by: thelaw1 | December 20, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"Sorry, Harry Reid's place in history, as one of the worst Majority Leaders of all time, is already fairly well secured."

lmao.

Which majority leaders are you comparing him to just out of curiosity?

Posted by: mikefromArlington | December 20, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to thank Sharron Angle for losing to Harry Reid, on SBJ's behalf of course.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | December 20, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

In the interest of fairness to Senator Reid, this is probably the single most positive thing I have ever read about him:

http://kerplunkjournal.blogspot.com/2010/10/support-troops-then-senator-reid-is.html

Posted by: jnc4p | December 20, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Seems like to me SOME credit should be going to the log cabin republicans, who kept up the pressure in the court system.

Harry Reid can do all the lame duck negotiating he wants -- he's still a failure.

How about working with Pelosi to clean up that swamp?

Posted by: Benson | December 20, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

"Now they want to ram the START treaty down our throats with no debate"

Choke on the dozens of committee hearings and the current debate going on right now on the Senate floor.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | December 20, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

When 10-12% of the good troops leave the Army and Marines, and we have to significantly lower standards to recruit and have a hollow, inept force..... We now knoow whom to blame for the bloodbath that will follow. Harry Reid - murderer! Nice job Harry!! You just killed Americans and lost a future battle because of your silly social agenda!

Posted by: Capitalist-1 | December 20, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

"How about working with Pelosi to clean up that swamp?"

Yeah, like Vitter cheating on his wife with prostitutes or Ensign paying off his mistresses family to hush them up.

I wish they would drain that swamp too!

Posted by: mikefromArlington | December 20, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid's persistence to repeal DADT has earned him a place in history.

Yes! Somewhere between Benedict Arnold and Perez Hilton.

I wonder if he did any toe tapping with Sen. Craig?

Posted by: rexreddy | December 20, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Greg

You missed something in your wrap-up regarding Harry Reid. Last summer at Netroots Nation Reid was presented with Dan Choi's West Point ring and he promised Choi he'd give it back once DADT was repealed.

Posted by: lmsinca | December 20, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

"You just killed Americans and lost a future battle because of your silly social agenda!"

On noez! A bunch of hardened soldiers that hunt down terrorists in the rugged terrain of AfPak are not going to be able to handle teh gayz!

lol

Posted by: mikefromArlington | December 20, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

It's earned him a place in history all right:

As the biggest pig, and most decadent, immoral "human" being to ever disgrace the halls of the Senate!!

It's also earned him a place in H__L!!!

I hope I can some day P__S on his grave!!!!!

Posted by: RDog1 | December 20, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

"On noez! A bunch of hardened soldiers that hunt down terrorists in the rugged terrain of AfPak are not going to be able to handle teh gayz!"

Funny. I have to wonder if these nitwits don't know there are plenty of gays in the military already.

Posted by: fiona5 | December 20, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that My Republcans are always on the wrong side of Hstory?

Posted by: jninejnine | December 20, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Joshict: The "Party of Lincoln" are the Democrats of today, the "switch" becoming final after the 1964/65 Voters Rights/Civil Rights legislation. In Lincoln's time, the Republicans were against slavery. During Reconstruction, when the ex-slaves got the vote, they registered as Republicans. Then, an evolution took seed where the parties switched sides on "cultural issues." FDR etched the switch in stone. 1965 and 2010 were the next two milestones. Lincoln's "a more perfect Union" lives on.

Posted by: dozas | December 20, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Poor wingers, seething in hatred and utter brainlessness... an embarrassment to the human race.

Posted by: fiona5 | December 20, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Capitalist-1, you've got a shocking lack of faith in the loyalty of our military men and women to our country, not to mention a shocking lack of statistical evidence that isn't made up.

Posted by: joshlct | December 20, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Yes, this spineless, conniving little weenie has earned a place in history, but not the one Mr. Sargent envisions.

Those (on both sides of the aisle) who voted to repeal DADT purposely ignored the views of frontline troops. Frankly, it matters less what those in the motor pool, logistics, mess hall, etc. think, but it matters a great deal how frontline combat soldiers feel about this. Their lives are on the line everyday, yet their polling results and views were ignored.

Repealing DADT involves significant risk, and to experiment with this divisive issue, while we're embroiled in two wars, is unconscionable!

What's next on little Harry's agenda? ADA approved Humvees? Wheelchair friendly trenches?

Posted by: r_loveland | December 20, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Another reason for Freedom-loving Americans to love Harry, and for Republicans to hate him.

The fight against the Taliban continues - in Afghanistan and here at home.

Posted by: B2O2 | December 20, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

DADT repealed = Reid's great accomplishment.

DREAM Amnesty defeated = (crickets chirping)

Gotta luv that WaPo liberal spin!

Posted by: pmendez | December 20, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

good one, mike:

"Oh noez! A bunch of hardened soldiers that hunt down terrorists in the rugged terrain of AfPak are not going to be able to handle teh gayz!"

Posted by: suekzoo1 | December 20, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

delusional1 wrote:

"I for one am not ready to canonize Harry Reid for repealing DADT. This is just using the military as an instrument of social engineering."

That's what was said about racially integrating the armed forces, when President Truman ordered it a few years after the end of World War Two. That worked out just fine. And so will the repeal of DADT.

Posted by: davewyman | December 20, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Be the first to drop the soap, Harry!

Posted by: phvr38 | December 20, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Senator Harry Reid has redeemed his reputation as a worthy Senator....he has done a great job in the last couple of weeks and the START Treaty will be passed with the 67 votes that it needs or many Republican Senators will be whinning that they did not get to go home for Christmas....good for you, Harry....we knew you could do it ---keep you strong backbone---they will lose as they deserve to.

Posted by: gilbertpb40 | December 20, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, from 2006-08-10 Reid led the nation into horrid socialist policies: Care,tried at amnesty, failed at border control, got DADT for a minority of folks whose issue never reached top priorities for 85% of other Americans,START=a surrender to Russia, huge taxes, spending , regs which except in the state of NV., showed huge majorities of Americans voting against all of this Nov. 2. So he is historic??? You mean as a Quisling for other Americans?? Odd that only the MSM, Journo-List types as this kid writer would think Harry is such an amazing success. Oh and his union SEIU cheaters in NV.

Posted by: phillyfanatic | December 20, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

If a 'flaming'liberal like Sargent is singing Reid's praises you know it cant be good.Harry Reid will go down as the most corrupt,sneaky and arrogant senate leader EVER.You homosexuals might be loving on Harry but the majority of American cant wait for this man to be purged from are government.Earth to planet liberal,why did the Dems lose so big ???cmon now...spin,spin,spin!!!

Posted by: votingrevolution1 | December 20, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Could Reid actually be a closet homosexual and use this occasion to come out?

Posted by: EmmettFlatus | December 20, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

r_loveland:

Do we ask the frontline troops which hills to take? What about which countries to invade?

Did we ask the racist frontline troops about how comfortable they felt about allowing African-Americans to serve alongside them?

No we didn't. You know why? Because soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines take orders. Their opinions are irrelevant, as they should be. The military is controlled by the civilians. They will, should, and always have done as they are told.

This situation is no different.

Posted by: AhhYes | December 20, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for the history lesson, dozas, but you are preaching to the choir. Please tell this to today's Republicans, who fancy themselves "The Party of Lincoln" when it suits their purposes (i.e. winning minority votes).

Point is, mark my words, in 50 years, Republicans will be trying to win the LGBT vote by claiming to be the party that repealed DADT, claiming that they were standing with the Log Cabin Republicans fighting for repeal, not with the actual Republican lawmakers, who by and large voted "No"

Posted by: joshlct | December 20, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I can see it now...

Uncle Sammy Wants You...

To be ALL you can Be!

Join the Few, the Proud, the Gay Marines!!!

Posted by: btrask3 | December 20, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I hope some day that RDog finds his missing k__ys.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 20, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"The "Party of Lincoln" are the Democrats of today, ...."

Nominated for Big Lie of the week.

Posted by: quarterback1 | December 20, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

2012 just whole lot more difficult for the GOP.

Posted by: KJR1 | December 20, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Hary Reid will be remembered as a colossal failure and blithering idiot who did nothing about Nevada's 14% unemployment.

Posted by: nmg3rln | December 20, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid is a used up piece of trash, a snot filled Kleenex destined for history's garbage heap. Your idea of his "leadership" was his recent invitation for the Republican's to take a swim through his cesspool of pork in the federal budget. When even the clueless Republican's declined, Reid's leadership deflated like a Whoopee cushion sat on by the fat lady just having sung the finale. Reid, Pelosi, Kerry, Schumer, Obama, the Democratic leadership are clueless out of touch scam artists who tried to run their con one too many times.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | December 20, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Hapless Harry Reid is the rubber clown version of LBJ. He's a homosexual hero, that's for sure. I guess when your party is totally defeated and humiliated on your watch, you take what you can scrape out.

Posted by: battleground51 | December 20, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Ryan, all I was saying is that WH created the political climate to make this happen, and they deserve big time credit for that

Posted by: Greg Sargent | December 20, 2010 12:37 PM

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You are right Greg. The WH did create the political climate and they will get the big time credit for it. Just not what you are thinking though...

This won't go down in history as a great civil rights bill and the credit that the WH will get will be similar to the credit the dems got in November.

Posted by: Straightline | December 20, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

sue said "thank you Harry Reid"

Yes, indeed. And thanks to Greg for this post.

And to all those who don't find the Bill of Rights and Constitution as licences to validate bigotry.

Bravo.

Posted by: bernielatham | December 20, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Hapless Harry Reid is the rubber clown version of LBJ. He's a homosexual hero, that's for sure.

Posted by: battleground51
+++++++++++++

And re-elected to another term in the U.S. Senate!

Republicans couldn't defeat a "rubber clown"!

Posted by: bearclaw1 | December 20, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Yeh, REid's place in history will be the guy that persisted in changing our fighting force into a flirtation force. Within a year, it will be obvious through the quality of armed forces recruiting that straight soldiers repelled by having to shower and sleep in the same barracks with known gays are leaving as fast as gays are signing up.

Won't be long, and the US military will look pretty much like the Catholic priesthood, a magnet for homosexuals.

Posted by: bbwk80a | December 20, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I am sure his place in history will be secured as a scummy, politically correct pervert lover. These in your face, homosexual sodomites will continue to be lambasted at every turn. It is pathetic where a small minority threatens the straights with hate crimes and all the other c r a p. There a lot of people that can't stomach your bleating and braying about being proud to be homosexual. Sounds like you have to continually sell yourselves that being a pervert is so great.

Posted by: nomobarry | December 20, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid will always have a place in history as the number one curmudgeon of all time but he'll have to share the honor with the wicked witch of the west, Pelosi.

Posted by: apdseal | December 20, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Just awesome and congrats to the people who waged this fight but now that it is over can we please have our congressmen and senators try to work on the jobs problem

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | December 20, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

who cares?

create jobs, get the economy on track.

that's what matters to the 99.6% of the rest of us.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | December 20, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Nomobarry: Methinks thou dost protest too much.

This website may help you sort through your inner conflicts: http://gaylife.about.com/od/comingout/ss/comingout_8.htm

Posted by: AhhYes | December 20, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

This clown declared the war in Iraq was lost while we had men and women fighting and dying...he has no business being in the Senate let alone the "leader" of it...this guy and the clown in the WH.. is this the best our country has to offer? Pretty sad....

Posted by: mjandrews8 | December 20, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

This clown declared the war in Iraq was lost while we had men and women fighting and dying...he has no business being in the Senate let alone the "leader" of it...this guy and the clown in the WH.. is this the best our country has to offer? Pretty sad....

Posted by: mjandrews8
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LOST??

What are we fighting for?
If we are?
What will we WIN??

Posted by: pdq3 | December 20, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

WHAT WOULD GEORGE WASHINGTON DO?
To a Congress and President that:

1. Borrows $858 billion from the Chinese and international capital and "gives" it away as a tax break most of it to the top 1% income group. Instead of investing it to create 858 major factories with protection, to employ millions.

2. Legalizes Gays in the military. (Gays are not sexually attracted to men and will be angels)

3. Wants to legalize millions of illegal aliens (that degrade the quality of life, break immigration laws and use up resources) and make taxpayers pay the expenses of supporting them and educating their children.

HE WOULD HAVE HANGED THEM AND THEIR SPECIAL INTEREST BACKERS, INCLUDING THE WALL STREET, CHINESE AND GLOBAL CORPORATE "GOVERNMENT" SPONSORS.

Wake up! The two political parties are not fit to govern a Banana Republic or a pigsty. Only a National movement can bring real change & hope by industrializing, expelling illegal aliens.

Roman Gil
rgil@mail.ru

Posted by: Roman_Gil | December 20, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

WHAT WOULD GEORGE WASHINGTON DO?
To a Congress and President that:

1. Borrows $858 billion from the Chinese and international capital and "gives" it away as a tax break most of it to the top 1% income group. Instead of investing it to create 858 major factories with protection, to employ millions.

2. Legalizes Gays in the military. (Gays are not sexually attracted to men and will be angels)

3. Wants to legalize millions of illegal aliens (that degrade the quality of life, break immigration laws and use up resources) and make taxpayers pay the expenses of supporting them and educating their children.

HE WOULD HAVE HANGED THEM AND THEIR SPECIAL INTEREST BACKERS, INCLUDING THE WALL STREET, CHINESE AND GLOBAL CORPORATE "GOVERNMENT" SPONSORS.

Wake up! The two political parties are not fit to govern a Banana Republic or a pigsty. Only a National movement can bring real change & hope by industrializing, expelling illegal aliens.

Roman Gil
rgil@mail.ru

Posted by: Roman_Gil | December 20, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

HARRY REID'S PLACE IN HISTORY.
IS THIS OUR WAR? SMART WAR VS DUMB WAR ON TERROR

Recently some newspapers published articles that mentioned several interesting statistics.

1. Over 50% of the USA combatants in Iraq & Afghanistan are war contractors (profiteers).

2. Contractors pay the Taliban and others $1,500 per truck to drive fuel supplies to military bases. The military cost of a gallon of fuel is $400!!!

3. Security for US military bases in Iraq is contracted out and the bases are defended by Ugandan "security" men (mercenaries)

4. The effeminate European military forces in Afghanistan avoid combat.

If the above statistics are true, this military cannot defend itself, defend its supply lines, feed itself (food preparation is contracted out)or "nation build" "democracies" in Iraq and Afghanistan. Logically, we must simply contract out both wars and remove the USA military to other less challenging areas. Then we can demand victory from the contractors or stop paying.

Or, maybe if we stopped interfering with Muslims, importing them into the USA and Europe as immigrants and limited contact to just buying oil on the world market, the "terrorists" would lose interest in us and turn on each other in power struggles. The real war on terror that can be won is to stop the war fraud, declare victory and focus on total divorce from the Muslim world. Then, attack the isolated terrorists from the air and sea. In any case without western targets, the Muslims will forget about our problems and engage in their own internal power struggles.

I after a divorce from Muslims affairs, terrorism is sponsored or hosted by a national entity, a good old fashioned air bombing and naval blockade leading to starvation would probably result in either the annihilation of the aggressor or their neutralization.

A bankrupt debtor "nation" like the USA must focus its efforts in re-industrializing to create the millions of middle class jobs that the people need and forget about the problems of the Third World. The USA (or Europe)cannot afford to import 3 million legal aliens a year (nobody knows how many millions of illegal aliens are here, 10, 20, 30, or more millions) there are no jobs for them that pay enough to cover the cost of social services and educating their children. These expenses fall to the unfortunate natives.

Roman Gil
rgil@mail.ru

Posted by: Roman_Gil | December 20, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

im constantly amazed at how ideologically invested liberals are in open homosexuality in the military.

all i can say is that you guys have a strange set of priorities.

Posted by: dummypants | December 20, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Reid has much, MUCH more historic accomplishments of significance, that will surely show him in a horrid light, and brand him as what he is; selfish, arrogant, and stupid.

Posted by: wcmillionairre | December 20, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I will admit that both Reid and Pelozi have earned a place in history. I think though there place will be along side those that have attempted to destroy our country and way of life.

Posted by: 2012anewstart | December 20, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post Homosexual article number 2,601!


Milestone?!?!?!?!


For God's sake Washington Post! The country is falling apart financially and you are lauding Democrats who are ignoring our down fall in order to Social engineer our world into the San Francisco utopia you want!


This congress is the most irresponsible congress in the history of our nation


Congressional Approval Rate: ELEVEN PERCENT!

Posted by: FormerDemocrat | December 20, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

The priority is called human rights... dummypants.

Posted by: smith6 | December 20, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

i feel sen Reid should have retired at the end of 2010 after all we need new blood in our congress. sen would have a nice retireement too!

Posted by: jtrrailroad | December 20, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Wonder how much Reid promised in exchange for this puff piece.

One of the most productive Congresses? R U out of your mind?

Reid's wonderful election victory? His unabashed support - with taxpayer money - of the giveaway to the Unions didn't come into play, eh?

Based on previous public disclosures it seems that Reid is a duplicitous crook -it has been a lleged that he was in the pockets of the Vegas Mobsters while he was a Nevada Assemblyman and then when he served in the US House 1983 – January 3, 1987.

As evidenced by his initial support of the Iraq War and then his turn around declaring at one point that this war is lost, Reid is consistently on both sides of every issue at one point or another.!

Posted by: Hazmat77 | December 20, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

What a joke.... Reid worked hard to get rid of DADT ...a canard.

Joe Lieberman was the one who "got the 60 votes" needed. Reid agreed to bring the vote to the floor if Lieberman got 60.

Why is the author of this story giving Reid the credit? That is insane. Harry is a waste of time.

Posted by: Hazmat77 | December 20, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

2012anewstart .. Perhaps GITMO is that appropriate "place in history" for Reid and Pelosi?

Posted by: Hazmat77 | December 20, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

im constantly amazed at how ideologically invested liberals are in open homosexuality in the military.

all i can say is that you guys have a strange set of priorities.

Posted by: dummypants

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What a wonderful choice of username. Very appropriate.

We're not ideologically invested in open homosexuality in the military, we're ideologically invested in equal treatment under the law. Its actually really simple.

Posted by: AhhYes | December 20, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

About time.

Posted by: MidwaySailor76 | December 20, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Roman_gil ....

"Borrows $858 billion from the Chinese and international capital and "gives" it away as a tax break most of it to the top 1% income group. Instead of investing it to create 858 major factories with protection, to employ millions."

Firsly Gil, there was no tax break to the top 1%. The legislation just enacted keeps almos all tax rates in 2011 the SAME as they are in 2010.

Secondly, We don't want facism in the USA -which means we don't want Government financing (and owning or controlling through an oppressive dictatorship) 856 major factories employing millions of Americans.

Those factories couldn't compete with foreign competitors on a level playing field and if government subsidies are required the USA would have NO foreign markets ... the death knell to our economy.

Your solution creates more problems than it resolves. It is unamerican and was tried and failed in the USSR and Cuba...

Posted by: Hazmat77 | December 20, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

im constantly amazed at how ideologically invested liberals are in open homosexuality in the military.

all i can say is that you guys have a strange set of priorities.

Posted by: dummypants
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And I'd have to say I'm amazed at how invested conservatives are in denying equal rights to others. I think my priorities are just fine.

Posted by: MidwaySailor76 | December 20, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

For all those who would bash Mormons as a group for anti-gay sentiments they should know that Senator Harry Reid is also a devout Mormon. Clearly there are differences in how Mormons feel about various political issues and how they go about supporting them.

Glenn Beck and Harry Reid are both Mormons but are as far apart on the political spectrum (with their own independent opinions) as they can be. The Post should stop bashing Mormons and treating them as if they were all politically and ideologically homogeneous. They aren't and never have been.

Posted by: theartistpoet | December 20, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

For this American, Harry Reid has earned a place in history similar to Benedict Arnold's.

Posted by: Forward11 | December 20, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

harry has been,is and always be another political dork. give this BS up and address our countries REAL problems

Posted by: pofinpa | December 20, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Today, bigots cry.

Posted by: SmallBusiness | December 20, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Comrades: Well, gosh . . . . the power of politics! Exactly WHO benefits from Harry's 'herding of the (spineless[?] cats'? Jobs? Pensions (not 401K BS)? The courts in a hyper-legislative mode? Will the newly reformed US Military be the more able to rout an aggressive adversary (maybe N. Korea/China) because the troops feel good about expanded civil rights? Ah, the unmitigated benefits spewing from the single issue pooliticians!!!!

Posted by: rep15 | December 20, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Maybe allowing women to fight in war seems progressive to some
Just like adding gays in the military
But for me war is wrong, killing is wrong and having a progressive enlightened society that thinks that putting gays in the military is a right to fight for. and it is the right for us to add women people who may or may not cause a war to last longer by even one day because it is “their genetic makeup not to kill” is just messed up. In a society that likes its little lie of no draft. We learned to get around that one by creating an economy that is pre disposed to moving the lower class, the jobless into the world of video game, be all that you can be, see the world from a trench, and fight for the old rich guy or the upper middle class who does not want to see their little Johnny or now little Susie go and fight. Maybe they have found the ultimate snookering by pretending they support your brand of liberalism let’s let gays think that they have to fight for their right to be open in the military... while we let them go get killed. GREAT WORLD WE LIVE IN.

What a society to have to weigh the consequences of putting people in harm’s way.
This logic would make one think that children have the right to die in war, to fight in war. Folk’s war is wrong; killing is bad, for us for you for the other side. I cannot help think if this much energy was spent in the effort to prevent war to progress life and make the world a better place. Gays in the military makes as much sense as fighting wars over Oil.

Posted by: teamsimple | December 20, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

This is clearly a result of Sharron Angle telling Harry to "man up".

Posted by: lcarter0311 | December 20, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Now if only Reid and the Dems had shown similar interest and resolve on health care, bank regulation, and tax cuts for the super rich, the middle class might not have gotten shafted and the country might be in better shape. Reid's place in history is as a total (now modified by the word almost) failure.

Posted by: jklfairwin | December 20, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

What a proud accomplishment for "Dingy Harry". Yahoo, we have homosexuals in the Marines! I feel alot safer don't you.
I'm sure you can sense my sarcasm. The worst piece of #@&* to come out of the congress in years!

Posted by: steveiev | December 20, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

The sub headline is right. Harry Reid has earned a place in history. He will be remembered by the left as the Emperor who fiddled while left wing icons went down in smoke.

From January until January 2010, Harry Reid had a fillibuster proof majority in the Senate and failed to pass;

a) Immigration reform. Hispanics/Latinos etc will look back on this time and say Reid/Pelosi/Obama let them down.

b) Card Check. The Unions must be gutted that this erosion of civil rights was not passed.

c) Carbon Pricing. Why didn't Harry get the House bill through the Senate. Environmentalists must be well pissed.

d) Public Option/Public Funding for Abortion. The real lefties are left fuming at Harrys' dirty deals that left them with a totally chaotic Health Reform Bill that will be unfunded in the New Year and repealed in 2012. Health Care reform the lefties wanted is gone for their lifetime.

e) DADT. Harry could have passed this anytime as their was no great opposition to it. Sure there were 30 or so Republicans who would have voted against it but it could have passed two years ago with 60 democratic votes. I feel for openly gay members of the military who have lost their positions in the last two years whilst Harry dithered.

Another sad pathetic article from a WaPo journolister trying to put a brave face on the shellacking the democrats received in November.

Posted by: mckenna7 | December 20, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid earns his place in history...

as a man who forsook his God and his religion... to appease a militant band of malcontent radicals who wish to force their degenerate lifestyle on more and more as part of the cancer and destruction of the U.S. of A.


Posted by: Obama_TRAITOR_in_Chief | December 20, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Harry is and was WRONG and that is a fact.
First, we do compare this ill advised action to the BLACK issue.BLACKS were never afforded the opportunity to be undercover(DADT), this opportunity was there for some mixed races and Latinos who CHOOSE to PASS and some did.

Let us do a little math here. How many of those who voted yes, ever served a day in the Armed Forces? Where did this figure come from 14,000 ask to leave the military, because of their sexual preference? You will play hell trying to find a number of military killed by friendly fire, however, we have a number for Gays asked to leave--I defy you to prove that number. One simiple reason a Gay or Lesbian would not want that code,even a little tricky here, on his or her discharge because there many former Veterans working in civilian personnel offices who can read and understand the codes on Discharges with the same bias while in the military--think about it. A little more arithmetic. How many Blacks during this same period were discharged because they were too BLACK. (1) Wanting to wear their AFRO hair cuts (2)Shaving waivers,along with the black attitude (3)Interacial dating could be the kiss of death and finding a place to live around the Bases down south and Arizona. Point this was not civil rights law, it was a political law not some HIGH MORAL awakening. Harry please keep in mind there are groups who just waiting for their turn, do not kill the messenger, do the Internet Harry, adults messing with children,it follows the abusers will want their rights too. They are looking for their spokesperson to do TV like Maddow, Maher and all the rest. Get it Harry if is on TV it must be worthy.

Harry a choice of Basic Training(Male/Female) What Blocks do we check upon entry(Male/Female) you can use OTHER on just a few forms. What about the clever person just for kicks. Harry military people in general do not do SURVERYS, how many above Colonel are going to vote against their Commander-In-Chief?

Posted by: msgbill | December 20, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on WAPO Obamabot Shills,Democrat US
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is tied with both Democrat House Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi and Comrade Barack Obama for the dubious title of "The Most Delusional,
Arrogant,Incompetent,Corrupt,Out of Touch with Reality Democrat Leader in all US history. The Failed Dream Act Back Door
Illegal Alien Amnesty SNAFU alone proves it.

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | December 20, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

It looks like Barry (to distinguish him from his alleged father who was also named Barack Hussein Obama) will purpprtedly sign this affront to common decency into law on Hump Day. Let's see how long it takes for all branches to "certify" that they are prepared for repeal.

Of course, repeal of DADT (10 USC 654) merely eliminates the ability to administratively dismiss homosexuals from the service for being a homosexual -- honorable discharge by the way -- but homosexual conduct in the military will still be prohibited by a different federal law (10 USC 925) similar to adultery (10 USC 934) under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Posted by: clawrence12 | December 20, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

The great thing about a Constitutional Convention is that homosexuality can be deemed a crime again. I cannot wait and now we will have names!

Posted by: numbersch13 | December 20, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

That's right, the day you wake up to find loudspeaker trucks crawling the streets barking orders in Mandarin — remember Harry Reid's place in history.

Posted by: thebump | December 20, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Queer behavior is still queer behavior no matter how one cares to disguise it or call it something else.

Posted by: GordonShumway | December 20, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Shouldnt we see how the military does in the years ahead???
Homosexuals, esp homosexual males, have always been major risk takers. While this can be good for making it big in Hollywood, it hasnt worked so well for their personal health decisions (the hundreds of thousands of young gay males who died of AIDS) or some organizations that decided to employ them (think--Catholic Church almost bankrupted by ephebophilic homosexual priests). Personally, I dont think wartime is the best moment to embark on this adventure, but it was done by a lameduck COngress that had won a fair election in 2008.
harry may end up looking like a fool.....

Posted by: merley1 | December 20, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Take a bow, Harry. Oops.

Posted by: phvr38 | December 20, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

reid must be a closet queen...

Posted by: DwightCollins | December 20, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Whoa! Hyperbole alert!!!

DADT repeal is good for the nsation, particularly since the pentagon endorsed its removal. it would never have happened without the report...but on par with the desegregation of the military...are you nuts? DADT affects what maybe 1000 people? Desegregation must have affected 100,000s

Posted by: dungiven | December 20, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to the ...yes...real men who got this repeal. A special thanks to Secretary Gates...who could have retired but who stayed and put up with all the foolishness about DADT and other things. I doubt that men will be dancing around the frightened men asking them for a date! But there are procedures for this...in place now! Thanks to our lesbian soldiers who are more mature and real women!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | December 20, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

So now gays can serve openly in the military. Next they will demand the uniform code of military justice needs to be repealed so they can have sex with superiors, inferiors and wherever they want even though Hetrosexuals cannot. The military will slowly be eroded but this is what the left wants. The very people who protect the left's rights to be stupid are under attack by the left who hates the military. Nice.

Posted by: Pilot1 | December 20, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Senator Reid is obviously a good and decent man.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | December 20, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

This repeal is also a gift to the men and women who had some concern about their real selves. They can face their own feelings and now, without losing their jobs, they can be who they Typical - out of sight of 9/11 and out of mind for our beloved "Number One," attitude. Congratulations to all of us for...when we know better...we do better.
Soldiers who are too upset to be good soldiers can leave the military and find other work that makes them feel good about their religion and about themselves. Congratulations to all Americans!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | December 20, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

We're either all equal or we're not. Apparently, there are some who aren't comfortable with the concept of equality. We call these people "conservatives."

To clarify - not all conservatives are bigots; but all bigots self-identify as conservatives. GOP: time to clean house.

Posted by: MidwaySailor76 | December 20, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid will hold a place in history as destroying the best Military this country has every seen.
He had two years to do what he and the democrats did and they went against the will of the American people as a Lame Duck Congress.
More important and pressing things like the economy, jobs and wars needed to be addressed and he decided to send us down the road of the UK, Australia, Canada etc.

Posted by: chargersix | December 20, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Harry Reid for investing the time and effort in making America a fairer place for all citizens, especially those willing to put their lives on the line for the protection of all of us!

Posted by: jaynashvil | December 20, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Sargent has got be one of the silliest, most self-absorbed and pointless columnists ... and at the Post at that. Quite an accomplishment, Greg.

Good Lord, what is happening to journalism? All agenda driven and self-important. Give us a break from the sanctimonious diatribes.


Posted by: jpfann | December 20, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Mr. Reid......you're the new 'gay hero'. (sneer!!!)


Of course, the rest of the country will remember you for your pathetic backstepping on the whole Roland Burris-isn't-a-real-"Senator" fiasco.

Posted by: momof20yo | December 20, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Wow, he'll be known as a horrible old man who practices a cult faith that helped to promote anal and oral sex in the military.

Satan couldn't ask for much more. What a champion of Hell you are Harry.


Posted by: Robster1 | December 20, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

The repeal of DADT IS NOT a 'civil rights' issue. It is a disgusting way to destroy this country bit by bit.

Posted by: momof20yo | December 20, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Senator Reid will be remembered. He will do for the military what Senator Kennedy did to the nation by his persistent support of the Hart-Cellar immigration bill of 1965.

Posted by: slim21 | December 20, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I especially applaud and admire Senator Reid because of his religious affiliation as a Mormon. The Church has been to put it mildly very lukewarm to Civil Rights issues both past and present.

Posted by: misewicz | December 20, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

momofloser, robster1, chargersix -

Sorry, bigots, you and your ilk are NOT "the American People" - you represent the fast-shrinking minority in this country.

Repeal of DADT favored by:

* 78% of the American people

* 70% of US military personnel

* 5 out of 6 of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

* 66 out of 100 of US Senators, elected by the American People

* 250 out of 435 Congressmen, elected by the American people

* The President, elected by 53% of the American people

Posted by: FrankIBC | December 20, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

"you represent the fast-shrinking minority in this country."
Well, gosh, why didnt they wait for the new Congress to do this, you know, the ones just elected BY THE PEOPLE......
Oh yeah, because your statistics lie.

Posted by: merley1 | December 20, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse


Harry Reid earns his place in history...

as a man who forsook his God and his religion... to appease a militant band of malcontent radicals who wish to force their degenerate lifestyle on more and more as part of the cancer and destruction of the U.S. of A.

Posted by: Obama_TRAITOR_in_Chief | December 20, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama_TRAITOR_in_Chief, I could not agree more (with your handle or your comment regarding Reid).

Posted by: 6pack | December 20, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

I just read through the comments and I sure hope that the commentariat here is not representative of the country. So many knee jerk responses, so little knowledge.

Irrespective of which God prohibits which sexual activity/tendency it is known that a few % of the population have a homosexual orientation. Btw this is not restricted to our species, it has been observed in other mammals and even birds.
http://scienceblogs.com/grrlscientist/2007/05/gay_flamingos_realize_their_gr.php
So obviously there are quite a few gays in the military already. If the army was not 'effeminate' so far, it will not be in the future.
There are many armies, in which gays can serve openly, including the Israeli one - certainly not known for effeminate behavior. All these armies have made the transition at some point in the past, none of them with noticable problems or fuss. So it stands to reason that it will be the same for the US army.

Posted by: SophieAmrain | December 22, 2010 4:05 AM | Report abuse

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