Here’s an interesting detail from Saturday’s don’t-ask-don’t-tell vote. A total of 39 Republicans voted.
Of those, 31 voted No. Sounds like a pretty solid bloc, right?
But of those No votes, fifteen were in the South.
North of the Mason-Dixon line, the GOP vote was far more nuanced. Sixteen Republican Senators voted No, but seven voted Yes.
Even more interestingly, not one Republican Senator northeast of Kentucky and Indiana voted against repeal.
Supporters of ending the policy picked up a remarkable five Republican votes in the Northeast. Without their support, the measure would have died.
I know this geographic divide within the GOP isn’t particularly new, but the starkness of the breakdown — from the solidly Party of No South to the far more Rockefeller Republican North — continues to shape a lot of national policy.