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Dan Savage on McCain's Objections to DADT Repeal: He's a Bigot


Dan Savage explains McCain's objections to 'DADT' on Countdown, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I've heard different explanations and reasonings today from different pundits on why DADT is "working" and why we should keep the status quo..with an open mind. They all just sound like they are desperately looking for reasons and ways to justify their personal "icky feelings about gays". Theres absolutely no rhyme, reason, or substance to it.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Nov 30, 2010 10:56:21 PM

  2. And now for an incoherent rant from Senator McCain:

    I know the military better than anyone in it. The policy has been working. The policy is still working now. And everyone knows the military doesn't want this. The 70% of troops in that survey are definitely lying. I have been able to deduce that using my unique telepathic powers. And, and, and - it was my turn to be President, damn it.

    MY TURN.


    Posted by: John | Nov 30, 2010 11:03:11 PM

  3. you know what pisses me off is that this is all about making straight MEN feel comfortable...fuck that!! Like Gaga says...if they don't like it, then GO HOME!!
    And the problem with most people is they don't realize it isn't just that gay people can serve as long as they don't say anything...but if they can be kicked out if they are found out.
    and McCain is just a fucking moron, he didn't win the election...and he lost big time.

    Posted by: paul | Nov 30, 2010 11:21:25 PM

  4. Dan Savage is a rock star. HRC could take a lesson.

    Posted by: mike | Nov 30, 2010 11:54:23 PM

  5. Well said, John

    Posted by: New Jersey Boi | Nov 30, 2010 11:57:48 PM

  6. Well said as usual Dan... But maybe keep a coat and tie in the office for when the newspeople call? Not being superficial--I'm all for hoodie comfort--I just think professional attire would help those on the fence take you more seriously. Right now your appearance is telegraphing "hippie lefty from the left coast"-- while your words are purely rational and objective.

    Posted by: Wil | Dec 1, 2010 12:35:26 AM

  7. McCain no longer has ant credibility. DADT will go either by the judiciary or congress. That's the only choice.
    The sooner the better

    Posted by: Stephen | Dec 1, 2010 12:47:34 AM

  8. Dan calls McCain a bigot?! OMG.

    Pot, this is Kettle. Kettle, Pot.

    Posted by: Q | Dec 1, 2010 1:08:36 AM

  9. I wonder if Sen. McCain had had an interpreter negotiate his release from Vietnamese prison who was GLBT if that would be a problem for him?

    Posted by: drumstick | Dec 1, 2010 1:11:37 AM

  10. They should start a rumour that 1000s of service men and women who are opposed to DADT are going to resign the army in protest by declaring themselves gay or lesbian. Faced with the prospect of 1000s of resignation/investigations...what would the armed forces do?

    Posted by: drumstick | Dec 1, 2010 1:14:39 AM

  11. lol @Q. If Dan is a bigot, we all are. Get a grip.

    Posted by: Mike B. | Dec 1, 2010 1:49:01 AM

  12. Mike B, what the hell does that even mean? I'm not calling him a bigot because he's gay, genius. I am referencing his past race baiting.

    Posted by: Q | Dec 1, 2010 2:28:45 AM

  13. Dan Savage calling somebody else a bigot?


    Posted by: Kamikapse | Dec 1, 2010 2:43:36 AM

  14. great job Dan. i would lose the hoodie to show off your great video project for kids--and the rest of us

    Posted by: r | Dec 1, 2010 3:05:41 AM

  15. Let's now have a survey to see if we gays are comfortable sharing with straights, or does it adversely affect our morale and cohesion.
    Are we convinced that straight soldiers fighting beside us have the same capacity and unit solidarity that we have ?
    And are straights allowed to "tell" ? We certainly need a survey before we allow all those straights to come out.
    McCain......what's left to say ?....
    "Thoughts of a dry brain, in a dry season."

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 1, 2010 4:41:33 AM

  16. I hope the Judiciary act quickly to strike down DADT. It was never a valid law and always unconstitutional ab initio. I want the Courts to tell the Legislature that they passed a bigoted law, a discriminatory law. It was repugnant from the beginning and damages and loss of earnings flow from that appalling legislative mistake.

    Now the Congress is attempting to give a veneer of legality to this piece of legislative bigotry.
    Let the Courts tell Congress it was wrong then and now; it was always a bigoted law and no survey, no new legislative act, no new "policy change" will wash the stench from the Congress that passed a homophobic law in defiance of the Constitution.

    Man-Up Congress; tell us it was never a true law and have the guts to say : "We got it wrong". Or do you need the courage of the Courts to tell you ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 1, 2010 5:10:37 AM

  17. Lol, it's all about the hoodie in the US! _roll eyes_

    Posted by: Rowan | Dec 1, 2010 5:41:06 AM

  18. If Congress fails to repeal DADT, I'm blaming Dan Savage's hoodie.

    Posted by: Jeremy | Dec 1, 2010 6:10:42 AM

  19. Sen. McCain thinks he should be making policy at an age where most people take away their peepaws right to drive or hold a remote control. McCain will be remembered for two things: being caught by the North Vietnamese (or better yet, surrendering to the North Vietmanese) and subjecting us to years and years of Sarah Palin's tweets. That is reason enough to really despise the man.

    On DADT he's just old, feeble-minded, living in the past, and frankly, sad. I wonder why he insists on going on television and making himself look exactly that? I guess people crave the spotlight regardless of how stupid and antiquated it makes them look. It's the only way to explain McCain (and David Hasslehoff singing...)

    Posted by: BartB | Dec 1, 2010 7:29:38 AM

  20. It's funny Meghan McCain is celebrated by some gay groups as a "voice of moderation" and sees herself as quite the gay champion and despite DADT being forefront and Daddy leading the opposition to her cause, her most recent Daily Beast columns have been Palin, Palin, Palin, Christine O'Donnell, and Palin, Palin, Palin. HRC meeting? DADT repeal rally? Log Cabin convention? RSVP answered: Ms. McCain WILL attend!

    Posted by: Mark | Dec 1, 2010 7:44:17 AM

  21. I love Dan S. and think his comment about the Spartans was brilliant.

    Posted by: Ianmck | Dec 1, 2010 8:32:17 AM

  22. Dan Savage is the clearest, most intelligent voice out there advocating for GLBT equality. He's all over the media about our issues, and for good reason... he's the only one who isn't spinning.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Dec 1, 2010 8:48:11 AM

  23. McCain is an unreasonable jerk. Can you imagine if McCain had been elected president, the situation this country would be in? We need leaders who make sound decisions based on factual information. It's bad for this country when our leaders make decisions based on biases. If anyone ever doubted why we should generally vote Democratic, look no further than this issue.

    Posted by: Kelly in Atlantic City | Dec 1, 2010 8:57:31 AM

  24. Q and Kamikapse - yeah, Dan's race-baited and been transphobic in the past. Has he acknowledged that and apologized for it? Yes. Does he mean it? Probably not - he'd likely excuse it with some quip about readers being too "PC". He means well - but then again, just my opinion.

    Posted by: Leo | Dec 1, 2010 10:48:04 AM

  25. The new George Wallace, John McCain, is first and foremost a political opportunist. I think now, however, that he has gotten himself into a corner he can't gracefully get out of, and his true bias (bigotry) is showing itself. Shame on this man. Shame on him. It's time he was forcibly removed from the Senate on account on senility.

    Posted by: Abel | Dec 1, 2010 11:01:53 AM

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