MURPHY SEES DADT REPEAL ‘IN A SHORT MATTER OF TIME’…. About a month ago, Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.), a decorated Army combat veteran, took the lead in the House on repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” His bill, H.R. 1283, now has 168 House co-sponsors, including 18 who signed on in July.

Murphy sounds confident that this effort is coming together nicely.

The point man in Congress on overturning a law banning openly gay people from serving in the military predicted on Friday that the repeal would come shortly.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Rep. Patrick Murphy, (D-Pa.), said he was confident that a repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” would pass through Congress and make it the president’s desk in months.

“This policy is going to be repealed in a short matter of time,” Murphy said. As for service members who are being discharged because of their sexuality, Murphy said “If they can hold on, help is on the way. And help is going to come form the Congress and be signed into law by the president.”

Murphy added that the House Democratic leadership has committed to him that the measure will come to the floor for a vote, and the president has already said he’ll sign the bill.

Prospects are a little hazier in the Senate, though, thanks to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-N.Y.) efforts, the Senate Armed Services Committee will reportedly hold hearings on a repeal this year, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he’s ready to bring legislation to the floor.

Obviously, every day that DADT remains on the books is a problem — it’s an indefensible policy — but there seems to be some momentum on the issue.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.