UPDATED Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 5:45pm. A vote on Don't Ask Don't Tell is unlikely to happen tonight.
Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has called for a vote on the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell after 6 o'clock tonight, meaning it's do or die for the legislation. Though this is a procedural vote, if DADT doesn't get past this hurdle, the legislation is likely dead in the water for years.
For Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk, this isa chance to show his true colors. As a congressman, Kirk said no to DADT. It was, perhaps, a nod at the conservatives he had to win over in his own party in order to be taken seriously as a primary candidate. That vote was considered both cowardly and opportunistic by many because it seemed contrary to Kirk’s more moderate stances.
But from the moment he became the GOP standard bearer, Kirk has been signaling openness. As late as a week ago, he was saying he was going to read “every page” of the Pentagon’s DADT study in order to make up his mind.