by Max Brantley
I asked all of Arkansas's members of Congress about 10 a.m. this morning about the deal for congressional repeal of the don't-ask-don't-tell policy barring service in the military by acknowledged gays and lesbians. U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder is a co-sponsor. He called to expand on his support for giving the Pentagon time to respond and plan for implementation of the change in policy.
No one else had responded by the time I left the office at 5 p.m. Now I have one additional response:
Sen. Blanche Lincoln: “Military readiness remains my top priority,” Sen. Blanche Lincoln said. “I trust our military leaders to make the right decision on this issue. I am satisfied that a workable compromise has been reached between the Pentagon and Congress that will ensure a smooth transition based on certification by military leaders that military readiness will not be affected if the policy is repealed. I am prepared to vote for this compromise, which enables our military leadership to determine the policy on this issue moving forward.”
Pryor, Boozman, Berry, Ross: Still crickets.