19. As that brilliant philosopher once intoned, "THAT is why you fail"
You think every hare-brained scheme the Republicans come up with gets through? Not just no, but hell no. But they seed the ground. Nincompoop ideas like lower tax rates for hedge fund managers started off as total pipe dreams. But today, Mitt Romney's income from his days at Bain Capital are taxed at 15%, instead of 35% because of where that income originated. Working stiffs like you and me pay a much higher federal tax rate because we work for our money.
Will DOMA be repealed because of this initiative in the Senate? Not in 2012 and probably not for years to come. So why bring it up? For one, to seed the ground for an eventual repeal. For another, to put the Republicans on the hot seat for November. Will they betray their base or pander to the nutjobs? Either way, Republicans know they're going to alienate some voters who might consider voting for them in November. By bringing up a repeal of DOMA, Democrats are not going to lose too many votes; single issue voters whose single issue is being against marriage equality probably aren't going to switch to the Republican side, as they're already there.