Lieberman voices doubt over repeal. And McCain is against and would allow the military brass to scrap its own internal review and scuttle the entire process. Politico has more unsettling news of moderate Republicans jumping ship. If the GOP wins back the House this fall, as is very likely, I fear the ban will still be in place at the end of Obama's first term - which means the Democrats and the president could not deliver on an issue with 64 percent Republican popular support in two years.

That's how effective the gay lobby is. And that's how much concern the Democratic leadership has for gay servicemembers. The only weapon we now have is public pressure. Call your Senator - 202 224-3121 - before this critical opportunity slips away.

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