John McCain is the biggest hypocrite on DADT repeal and he’ll show that again today

John McCain is in a tough primary battle against a neanderthal Republican, JD Hayworth. So, John McCain has morphed into a right wing whacko. The repeal of DADT is one classic example. As John reported back in February, old John McCain sounded almost sensible on DADT:

In October of 2006, John McCain said we should listen to our military leaders as to what to do on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell:

And I understand the opposition to it, and I‘ve had these debates and discussions, but the day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, Senator, we ought to change the policy, then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it because those leaders in the military are the ones we give the responsibility to.

The military leaders came to him and said change the policy and McCain said no. Well, he didn’t just say no, he turned this into an anti-gay vendetta.

Today, McCain asked Chairman Carl Levin to hold the Armed Services Committee markup on DADT in an open session. Markups are traditionally held in private — and that’s how this one was planned.

Why in public? McCain wants to put on a show for the hard-core right wingers whose votes he needs in the primary. It’s just another political stunt from a guy who used to purport to abhor political stunts. Watch for it early this afternoon.

So, we’ll witness another vivid example of the self-destruction of John McCain’s reputation. It’s pathetic. Really pathetic.

And, the hypocrisy is gross. McCain has long had gay senior staffers. He knows better than this.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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