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BLOGGERS POLL

Time To End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Bloggers Say

Plus: How Many Senate Seats Will The Democrats Lose?

See how National Journal's Congressional Insiders responded to these questions.

Q: How many Senate seats will Democrats gain or lose this November?

Left-leaning bloggers (11 votes)

 

Average: Democratic loss of 3.5

Gain 1-3        9.1%
Lose 1-3       36.4%
Lose 4-6       36.4%
Lose 7-9        9.1%

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Volunteered: Too early to tell, 9.1% percent.

 

Lose 3: "I think we lose three: Dorgan's open seat (North Dakota), Kaufman's open seat (Delaware) and the Burris open seat in Illinois." Matt L. Barron, RuralVotes

Lose 5: "Dems lose five, taking us to 54-46. And it will likely be easier to get legislation through than when it was 60-40. Go figure." David Kravitz, Blue Mass. Group

Too early to tell: "But I'm hoping for red seats in New Hampshire, Ohio and Missouri to go blue, and there's no doubt that Blanche Lincoln is so universally detested in Arkansas that unless she retires (the way Dodd did) the Democrats will lose that seat." Howie Klein, Down With Tyranny!

Q: How many Senate seats will Democrats gain or lose this November?

Right-leaning bloggers (15 votes)

 

Average: Democratic loss of 6.2

Lose 1-3        0.0%
Lose 4-6       60.0%
Lose 7-9       40.0%

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Lose 6: "Probably lose seven and gain one somewhere. All guesswork at this stage; GOP pickups look best in North Dakota, Nevada, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Delaware." Dan McLaughlin, Baseball Crank

Lose 7: "Would Specter have been as vulnerable if he'd stayed a Republican?" David Gerstman, Soccer Dad

Q: Do you favor lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the military?

Left-leaning bloggers (18 votes)

Favor lifting the ban       100% 
Oppose lifting the ban        0%

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Favor lifting the ban

"Yes yes yes yes yes. Lift the stupid ban." Barbara O'Brien, The Mahablog

"The ban is morally and intellectually vacant. When 'don't ask, don't tell' dies, people will hardly notice its absence." Robert Farley, Lawyers, Guns And Money

"Last I checked, we were in the middle of two wars that have stretched our capabilities. Doesn't the military have more important things to worry about than the sexual orientation of its members?" Ellen Brodsky, News Hounds

"This is such a no-brainer. How can anyone justify discharging qualified members of the military at a time when we're fighting two wars? Mind-boggling." David Kravitz, Blue Mass. Group

"Absolutely! Way past time." Greg Dworkin, Daily Kos

"Yes, I favor removing institutionalized discrimination." Dean Barker, Blue Hampshire

"Remember: Gays and lesbians have served legally in our military since 1993. This is no longer a question of whether they should serve. Rather, it's a question of whether we're going to require them to lie in order to legally serve. The military is based on a creed of 'Duty, Honor, Country.' Honor is important; so why do we require some of our servicemen and -women to lie? It makes no sense." Kari Chisholm, Blue Oregon

"Adm. Mullen is correct, lifting 'don't ask, don't tell' is the 'right thing to do.' No one should care about sexual orientation, unless the gay/gal can't do the job tasked. Our immature society needs to come into the 21st century. Anyone brave enough to stand on the line to defend our country and our allies should be able to stand proudly as who they are. No caveats. No more excuses. Long past time for some Harry S. Truman no-BS leadership." Taylor Marsh

"In modern America, there is really no excuse for not allowing every American to serve his or her country in the military." Brian Leubitz, Calitics

"Only idiots and homophobes, who are one and the same, would oppose lifting the ban." Lee Papa, The Rude Pundit

"How foolish to us does it sound now to ask if you favor or oppose lifting the ban on Negroes serving in the military? And at one time conservatives opposed that too. That mentality is poison to America and the GOP exploits it for their own selfish agenda, no matter what it does to the social fabric of the country." Howie Klein, Down With Tyranny!

Q: Do you favor lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the military?

Right-leaning bloggers (16 votes)

Favor lifting the ban       62.5% 
Oppose lifting the ban      37.5%

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Favor lifting the ban

"While the transition would doubtless be easier, say, a decade from now and when we're not in the midst of two major wars, it's increasingly hard to justify the ban." James Joyner, Outside The Beltway

"As long as all involved are consenting adults, it is none of the government's business who our soldiers choose to love." Rob Port, Say Anything

"Barry Goldwater was right." Walter Olson, Overlawyered

"I had always been ambivalent on the subject, deferring to experts who have served or currently serve in the armed forces. It seems that the tide has been turning away from banning (open) homosexuals, so if the military has no (or little) problem with them serving, why should I?" D.S. Hube, The Colossus Of Rhodey

"Qualified: This should be -- and always should have been -- strictly an issue of military discipline and unit cohesion, and Congress should defer to the officer corps. With leading generals/admirals like Mullen and Powell in favor of repeal, it's time to inquire more deeply as to sentiment among the officer/NCO corps. The ban could also be limited if it's still seen as needed in some limited situations." Dan McLaughlin, Baseball Crank

Oppose lifting the ban

"Do we want to deploy a serious military force or play with social-science experimenting?" Daniel Pipes, Lion's Den

Left-leaning bloggers

• Sean-Paul Kelley, The Agonist • Dean Barker, Blue Hampshire • David Kravitz, Blue Mass. Group • Kari Chisholm, Blue Oregon • Brian Leubitz, Calitics • Greg Dworkin, Daily Kos • Howie Klein, Down With Tyranny! • Robert Farley, Lawyers, Guns And Money • Barbara O'Brien, The MahablogTaylor Marsh • Ellen Brodsky, News Hounds • Chris Bowers, Open Left • Mark Kleiman, The Reality-Based Community • Tracy Viselli, Reno And Its Discontents • Lee Papa, The Rude Pundit • Matt L. Barron, RuralVotes • Susie Madrak, Suburban Guerrilla • Big Tent Democrat, TalkLeft

Right-leaning bloggers

• Dan McLaughlin, Baseball Crank • Betsy Newmark, Betsy's Page • Bookworm, Bookworm Room • D.S. Hube, The Colossus Of Rhodey • Soren Dayton, The Next Right • Jon Henke, The Next Right • James Joyner, Outside The Beltway • Walter Olson, Overlawyered • Daniel Pipes, Lion's Den • Steven Taylor, PoliBlog • Debbie Hamilton, Right Truth • John Hawkins, Right Wing News • Rob Port, Say Anything • David Gerstman, Soccer Dad • David Kopel, The Volokh Conspiracy • Susan Duclos, Wake Up America

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