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Among Republicans up in 2012 who have indicated a willingness to repeal the law, Sen. Richard G. Lugar of Indiana could find himself faced with a challenge from Rep. Mike Pence, who hinted recently of having higher aspirations. Sen. Olympia J. Snowe of Maine is already expected to face a Tea Party primary challenger, which should serve to make her think twice. (Memo to her fellow Mainer, Sen. Susan Collins.)

What no senator of either party should buy into is the canard - pushed by Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, among others - that Congress should repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” now out of a vague fear that federal courts will strike it down. While one rogue (Clinton-appointed) federal judge in San Diego has indeed ruled it unconstitutional, there’s little reason to think even the full 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, much less the Supreme Court, will uphold that ruling. In fact, the law’s constitutionality has already been upheld by other federal courts, so the Senate should not yield to that sort of judicial blackmail.

The military is sworn to defend this country “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Who knew the latter included members of Congress and the chain of command?

Peter Parisi is an editor at The Washington Times.