While it seemed like a good idea to tie the hate crimes bill to the defense spending bill, it seems the hate crime legislation may be going down with the ship.

A spokesperson for Reid said it could be a “long time” before the Nevada senator brings the defense bill back to the floor for a vote, a development that could lead to an indefinite hold on the hate crimes bill and dozens of other amendments that senators were seeking to attach to the defense measure.

Mollineau said Reid supports the hate crimes bill and is ready to work with the bill’s supporters to arrange for another legislative vehicle to which it could be attached if the stalemate over the defense authorization bill drags on.

Here’s hoping.