Super Lawyers
William C. Altreuter

Monday, December 20, 2010

Back when I worked for Birch Bayh Richard Lugar was regarded as an arch-conservative nemesis. Lugar had been mayor of Indianapolis, and had run against Bayh. He lost that time, but won two years later. Nowadays Lugar is about as close as it gets to a moderate Senate Republican, arguably more liberal than the other Indiana senator, Birch's son Evan. Not quite though: Lugar was one of two senators who voted against the repeal of Don't Ask/Don't Tell and in favor of the Dream Act.  I'm not sure I can get my mind around the mental gymnastics necessary to support one sort of civil rights bill while opposing the other. That sort of parsimony with respect to liberty is pretty despicable.

There were 12 senators that went the other way, voting against the Dream Act and in favor of DADT:

Max Baucus (D-MT)
Scott Brown (R-MA)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
John Ensign (R-NV)
Kay Hagan (D-NC)
Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Ben Nelson (D-NE)
Mark Pryor (D-AR)
Olympia Snow (R-ME)
John Tester (D-MT)

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