Family Research Council Vows Vengeance on "DADT Turncoat" Sen. Olympia Snowe
Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council say they are going to wreak vengeance on Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) come the 2012 elections after her "turncoat" announcement of support for the repeal of DADT.
Two Republicans, Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Rep. Jeff Flake (Ariz.), both made stunning decisions to back a bill that could force soldiers to leave their jobs--or be hurt doing them. Despite warnings from General James Amos that overturning "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" would cost Marines lives and limbs, more Republicans are chickening out when the troops need them most. Yesterday, Rep. Flake broke away from the GOP and voted "aye" on the stand-alone repeal. For FRC, who celebrated Jeff's 100% record on our last scorecard, it's a huge disappointment. Only one other Republican that was reelected, Rep. Ron Paul (Texas), joined him. Fortunately, their weakness wasn't the deciding factor in yesterday's 250-175 vote. The House bill was helped along by 63 lame-duckers (emphasis on the lame), who took the easy way out--on their way out.
Fortunately for Maine, Sen. Olympia Snowe's election is forthcoming. In less than two years, the liberal "Republican" will have to answer for her record of extremism, which now includes jeopardizing national security in order to use the military to advance the Left's radical social agenda. Attempting to explain her turncoat maneuver, Snowe said she arrived at her decision after "careful analysis" (which, considering how her state just voted to protect marriage, probably wasn't as careful as it should have been). Still, her announcement is one of the final pieces to the repeal puzzle for liberals, who may have cracked the 60-votes they need to put this gift under the tree for the 3% of America who lobbied for it.