And wonder of wonders, Richard Burr helped:
Eight Republicans bucked their party in backing the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy, potentially risking a backlash from the conservative base while giving the historic vote a stronger bipartisan finish than many expected.
The Republican senators voting “yes” with the Democrats on repeal were Richard Burr of North Carolina, Mark Kirk of Illinois, John Ensign of Nevada, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, George Voinovich of Ohio, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – and Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both of Maine.
Hat tip to Ed Cone for the link.
But before you are tempted to slap a "Maverick" label on Burr, this quote is very telling:
When cloture was passed, that settled that
Translation: The battle was lost, so I decided, "What the hey?", I might as well hop on one of the floats in the victory parade.