"We have a very heavy, busy agenda and a few months left to do it. So it may not be now, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be soon." Next year would be even worse: "Absent a big push from the Pentagon and Obama, key Senate Democrats are signaling that there is little appetite to anger some of their more socially conservative voters at a time when election forecasters are signaling a tough 2010 election cycle for the party."
House and Senate Democrats say Sen. Ted Kennedy's passage has "complicated" the introduction of DADT repeal: "About 18 months ago, Kennedy told [Servicemembers Legal Defense Network] and gay-rights activists that he wanted to be the lead sponsor of a bill to repeal the current law—but first he wanted to get some Republican support. Kennedy never ended up introducing a bill this Congress, and now it’ll be up to another Senate Democrat to step up to push the controversial issue."
Would 2011 or 2012 be better times to fit gays in the military on the Senate's "busy agenda"? Nah, presidential primary and election. Wrell, there is always the second term.