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McCain Planning Major Filibuster of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' in Senate

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Desperate to hold on to his Senate site, John McCain is aligning himself with the right-wing fringe and hate groups we posted about yesterday and is planning a filibuster of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal bill in the Senate.

Keith Olbermann discussed some of the haters and McCain with Dan Savage last night.

Senator Carl Levin, the Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is planning an 11:30 am conference call to discuss the DADT measure, FOX News reports.

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  1. The guy who may replace McCain is far worse. It's like a horrible creature out of Greek mythology.

    Posted by: crispy | May 28, 2010 12:40:22 PM


  2. @Mike: "All this does is punt the decision to the military; and what is so controversial about that."

    Seriously? How old are you, bud? DADT was enacted BECAUSE the decision was left to the military! Before 1993, the military engaged in open discrimination against homosexual soldiers, finding new and creative ways to deny rank, demote, and even discharge them. DADT was the "compromise" to that policy, essentially saying you can't treat homos different if they don't acknowledge or openly live their lifestyle.

    The repeal of DADT, as most of us want it, would include a non-discriminatory clause further protecting out gays from institutional discrimination, just as women and blacks are protected. The "compromise" Obama & Co. are pushing doesn't include that protection... and if it's left to the military to implement, it'll be too late and too little done for our GLBT servicemembers' sake.

    In a sick and twisted way, I hope McCain wins this battle. I'd rather lose this battle for DADT repeal than give Obama & Co. cover to claim they actually did something for us when in fact, they have not.

    Posted by: TommyOC | May 28, 2010 12:50:50 PM


  3. Isn't it usually good medical policy to have elderly people see a doctor when they undergo a major personality shift? McCain is directly contradicting statements he made less than six moths ago on a wide variety of issues. I think it's time someone took gramps to the doctor and got his brain examined.

    Posted by: Chris | May 28, 2010 12:52:07 PM


  4. "In a sick and twisted way, I hope McCain wins this battle. I'd rather lose this battle for DADT repeal than give Obama & Co. cover to claim they actually did something for us when in fact, they have not."

    Shame on you! You're just an anti-Obama asshole who wants gay people to be punished because of your irrational hatred towards Obama. I guess you would have rather had McCain in the White House. Screw you.

    Posted by: Me | May 28, 2010 1:50:41 PM


  5. Well, since it's attached to the defense department funding bill that will provide raises to servicemen and women that their families really need, he is positioning himself as an enemy of the united states military. That fact needs to trumpeted, and he needs to be exposed as someone who doesn't care about the troops, hates this country (apparently), and will sabatoge our military preparedness for short term political gain. Say it again, and again and again and again, people will believe it. Explain to them what is at stake here in terms of how this filibuster will harm our military and military families, and blame it all on mccain the newly christened teapartier.

    Posted by: TANK | May 28, 2010 2:09:49 PM


  6. @ tommyoc : "openly live their lifestyle".......
    I'm sure you are just using this phrase to illustrate the pre-DADT milititary bias.

    But the phrase is meaningless now, right ?
    My weekends are spent shoveling manure and digging earth. So much for the gay lifestyle.
    I suggest we abandon the use of the phrase altogether.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 28, 2010 2:15:59 PM


  7. Go ahead, John, filibuster the DADT repeal. I'll be aiming my garage-door opener directly at you in hopes it'll make your pacemaker whack out on you.

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 28, 2010 2:27:56 PM


  8. I'm no believer in the afterlife and stuff, but McCain needs a nighttime visit from Barry Goldwater's ghost...

    Posted by: BobN | May 28, 2010 4:14:54 PM


  9. All the gay people who think the compromise isn't enough are aligning themselves with the same people, period.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | May 28, 2010 6:10:57 PM


  10. "Shame on you! You're just an anti-Obama asshole who wants gay people to be punished because of your irrational hatred towards Obama. I guess you would have rather had McCain in the White House. Screw you."

    Yeah this PUMA bullshit or Obama derangement syndrome or whatever it is is a mental disease. These bitter queens need help. Stat!

    Posted by: Jane Roe | May 28, 2010 6:11:17 PM


  11. John McCain resembles the old, grouchy uncle at the family reunion who complains about the state of the world. How sad! He is a pathetic man and politician who's time in office has passed him by and, sadly, a man who is willing to sell his soul for a seat in the senate that doesn't really have his name on it anymore.

    Posted by: james Brown | May 28, 2010 7:34:15 PM


  12. How sad that a once-principled statesman has turned into the worst kind of politician.

    Sad

    Posted by: Timothy Kincaid | May 28, 2010 8:01:12 PM


  13. McCain sold what was left of his soul for one last chance at the Presidency and failed. Far from a maverick, he's just an angry and bitter partisan dinosaur of an age long since past.

    Disgusting.

    Posted by: Rich | May 28, 2010 10:12:44 PM


  14. So is that leather daddy who is on McCain's staff resigning over this? Any reason why Towleroad didn't already ask this question?

    Posted by: smallhandff | May 28, 2010 10:45:03 PM


  15. A sad ending for an old soldier.
    Does Mr. McCain believe that gays in the military are something new and to be feared?
    I was in the Navy during WW2, and we were there then, and with my father in WW1 (yes, he was gay and had gay soldier friends).

    How truly sad that his legacy will be tarnished byu senility.

    Posted by: Jerry12 | May 29, 2010 8:20:45 PM


  16. Readers of this blog might enjoy my post today regarding don't ask don't tell. I post daily articles re Sarah Palin. Hope some of your readers enjoy. Thanks, Malia

    http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2010/05/30/sarah-palin-wants-to-remain-ignorant-she-doesnt-ask-and-doesnt-tell/

    Posted by: Malia Litman | May 30, 2010 2:38:49 PM


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