Senate Democrats on Thursday pressured Majority Leader Harry Reid to strike a deal with Republicans to aid passage of a bill that would let gays serve openly in the military.http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/11/17/1931118/senate-to-vote-again-on-military.html
A dozen Democrats and Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, said Reid should allow an extended debate on a wide-ranging defense policy bill, which includes a provision that would repeal the 1993 law known as "don't ask, don't tell."
Lieberman said the Senate's desire to adjourn before the holidays was no reason to curtail debate and give Republicans an excuse to block the bill.
When there was a Democratic president, 60 Democratic senators and an overwhelming Democratic majority in the house, the Democratic party did nothing to repeal "don't ask, don't tell".
Now that they lost control, and they know repeal is a lost cause, Democrats are pushing the issue.
That's politics and posturing, not leadership. If the D.C. Democrats wanted to repeal "don't ask, don't tell", they would have done it already.