My investigation wouldn't stand up to any social science scrutiny, so I'm not pretending that what I'm reading is the be-all-and-end-all conversation. But that winner/loser angle is, in my opinion, short-sighted (however typical in today's media climate) because it equates the issue to a sporting event.
In such a context, today the "left" won a quasi-national championship while the "right" is left to wonder how could this happen? The short answer, according to one person, is that:
...the message is no longer resonating the way it did in 1993.
At least one conservative columnist is outraged. John Guardiano suggests that the GOP had the (moral and political) lead on this issue but squandered it.
In 1993 a Democrat-controlled Congress banned homosexuals from serving in the U.S. military. But today, a Gallup poll released on December 9 shows that two-thirds (67%) of the country have no moral conviction that banning homosexuals from the military is a just policy.