Following President Obama urging Sen. Carl Levin (D-Michigan) to keep the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the military-spending bill, here's the first decent thing Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut) has done in forever—heading up that press conference calling attention to the fact that he and many others in the Senate still want to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. He says we have the 60 votes, so it's all up to Sen. Majority Leader Reid (D-Nevada) to make sure that the bill is open for debate, as Republicans have insisted upon.
The other senators standing up for repeal at the presser: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California), Sen. Roland Burris (D-Illinois—replaced in '11 by a Republican who voted against DADT in the House), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colorado) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon). While the bill will rely on some Republicans to cross the aisle, it's very likely that this time, every Democrat will vote for it; last time, Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Sen. Mark Pryor (both D-Arkansas) and Sen. Harry Reid (whose vote was procedural so as to be able to bring up the bill in the future) were the only Democrats who voted against the bill.