The Hill reports that a bill to provide domestic-partner benefits for federal employees is moving in the House, with Tammy Baldwin as the sponsor, and in the Senate, with Joe Lieberman (!) as the sponsor. Lieberman is trying to cast this as a matter of adjusting federal benefits policies to attract top talent by matching the strides big private employers have already made, rather than as a civil-rights issue. But he’s also expected to carry the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Maybe he hopes that a couple of major gay-rights initiatives will protect him from the fury of progressives; I doubt it will work if he finally finks out on health care reform.
Baldwin has 126 co-sponsors, all Democrats. Lieberman has 24 co-sponsors, 23 Democrats plus Susan Collins. Remember this the next time someone tries to tell you that there’s no difference between the two parties.