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Watch: John McCain Wants Another 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Study, Says This One Took the Wrong Approach


John McCain discussed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" on Meet the Press, and seems to be unhappy that the results of the Pentagon's DADT study were leaked, cause now he's saying he won't listen to those results:

"I will listen to our military leaders, and not a study that is leaked."

McCain also criticizes the study itself, and says it took the wrong approach:

"All four service chiefs are saying we need a thorough and complete study of the effects, not how to implement the repeal, but the effects on morale and battle effectiveness. That's what I want, and once we get this study, we need to have hearings and we need to examine it and look at whether it's the kind of study that we wanted. It isn't in my view."

I have to believe that McCain was apprised of the questions in the study before it went out, but now that it's not going his way all of a sudden the study is bad.

It appears McCain won't be happy until he has a study that categorically keeps gays out of the military.

David Gregory also asked what he thought of Cindy McCain's recent statements on DADT.

Said McCain: "I respect the first amendment rights of every member of my family."

(Would love to know what went on behind-the-scenes that caused Cindy's swift turnabout.)


HRC released a statement reacting to McCain's remarks:

“Obviously the senator doesn’t like the preliminary findings of the Pentagon’s DADT survey, which found a clear majority of U.S. service members are okay serving with their gay and lesbian comrades. The senator has known all along the study developed by the Pentagon Working Group was looking at how to repeal DADT—not whether to do so.

“McCain has said he wanted to hear from the senior military leadership. He heard loud and clear from Secretary Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, last February when both were firmly in support of repeal.

“McCain has said he wanted to hear from rank-and-file troops. He has just heard loud and clear from them through the survey. But he doesn’t like their answer-- and is stonewalling, trying to run out the clock on repeal by calling for congressional hearings.

“The truth is McCain is increasingly alone in his irrational opposition to open service. Sixty-four percent of Republicans disagree with McCain and favor lifting the ban. No matter the evidence, McCain will use whatever tactics at his disposal to not only stop repeal from moving forward, but will hold hostage the most critical military defense bill to do so.”

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  1. The only way to do a study of the effects of a policy shift is... to study it after the policy has already been changed. You can't have the thorough study he wants with DADT there - the only way to know how it will effect troops is to get rid of it and see.

    This man is an idiot bigot. And has anyone seen Cindy over the past few days? I wouldn't be surprised if she had bruises.

    Posted by: Joe | Nov 14, 2010 12:30:51 PM

  2. Wow.. Just wow, can anyone be anymore delusional?

    Posted by: TripPsyc | Nov 14, 2010 12:32:34 PM

  3. And how the frak would he go about studying the effects of a change without any change? It can't be done in the way he wants.

    Of course they can easily look at nearly two dozen other countries who have no problems whatsoever. But that isn't compatible with American exceptionalism.

    Posted by: Steve | Nov 14, 2010 12:33:01 PM

  4. He had one of his paid goons bitch-slap her into submission.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 14, 2010 12:38:41 PM

  5. What a class act. Pure Republican there.

    Posted by: suede | Nov 14, 2010 12:43:16 PM

  6. Perhaps Sen. Homophobe... um... McCain, can ask one of the 3 dozen countries that allow gays to serve openly what effects they've encountered? 36 FUCKING COUNTRIES ARE ALREADY DOING THIS! How much more proof does this bigoted asshole need?

    Posted by: David in Houston | Nov 14, 2010 12:51:50 PM

  7. I can't believe I used to consider this man one of the "decent" Republicans. He disgusts me. He is NOT an American hero. He is a sellout and an opportunist.

    Posted by: George | Nov 14, 2010 12:56:19 PM

  8. LOL, THIS from a "small government" kind of guy? Hypocrite.
    "All four service chiefs are saying we need a thorough and complete study of the effects, not how to implement the repeal, but the effects on morale and battle effectiveness. That's what I want, and once we get this study, we need to have hearings and we need to examine it and look at whether it's the kind of study that we wanted. It isn't in my view."

    Posted by: Christie Keith | Nov 14, 2010 12:56:53 PM

  9. I just hope his daughter isn't as two-faced as his wife. That's the only glimmer of hope left for the McCain clan, and I honestly hope that somewhere deep inside for Cindy, and maybe even John, they understand that.

    Posted by: Tollendyr | Nov 14, 2010 1:02:13 PM

  10. I thought SLDN said we should ignore McCain...he doesn't matter. Remember?

    Posted by: Rory | Nov 14, 2010 1:03:38 PM

  11. That photo is priceless! Maybe Cindy could buy him some Crest white strips with some of her beer heiress money.

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 14, 2010 1:11:09 PM

  12. Gee, it's a pity he lost the 2008 election, isn't it? The only thing he's good for at this point is continuing to ruin whatever legacy he might have had.

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 14, 2010 1:19:02 PM

  13. I fear the democrats are going to take the repeal out of the millitary defense bill. They come back tomorrow, and they have about a month to get everyting done...I think the gays will once again be put on the back burner.

    Posted by: Bobo | Nov 14, 2010 1:21:27 PM

  14. typical of a politician, if you don't get the answer you want, call for another study that someone else is paying for (the taxpayers) and hope the result is different than the original. f**k him.

    Posted by: lk | Nov 14, 2010 1:21:50 PM

  15. No, no new study. If he's so hellbent on having it, he can pay for it too, the son-of-a-bitch! I like Meghan but, the rest of her family sucks purple pelican peckers!

    Posted by: Jerome | Nov 14, 2010 1:23:29 PM

  16. I really can't stand Senator McCain. Look at him and wonder how a LGBT voter can event think of voting for a GOP/TeaBagger...I don't get it.
    These people hate us. They try to hide their hate just to get our $ and votes. They use tax polices (red herrings) to buy our votes. All the while they just hate us and have no intention of securing real equality for us. Voting for them is like a German Jew voting for Hitler. Wake up people.
    Some of people they hang with want us dead. Face the facts. In today's climate if I were to buy what they 're selling and vote for them it would be like asking to have the ovens lit.

    Posted by: Rich | Nov 14, 2010 1:25:39 PM

  17. @ George

    Sadly, there is no longer such a thing as a decent Republican in Washington.

    Posted by: JimSur212 | Nov 14, 2010 1:29:15 PM

  18. @BOBO

    You may be right that the Democrats may take the repeal of DADT out of the Defense Authorization Bill. What would you expect them to do, hold the entire military budget hostage to the repeal of DADT? BOBO, it's not all about us.

    Posted by: JimSur212 | Nov 14, 2010 1:32:19 PM

  19. I'd like to smack that stupid shit eat grin off his face but clearly the lights are on and no one is home. Thank God he did not win in 2008.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Nov 14, 2010 1:53:37 PM

  20. Sorry to disagree with you, jimsur212, but this time it IS about us. Don't you think after 200 plus years of our country's military existence it should be about us? Damn, man, when is the discrimination going to end??? I'm fucking tired of being a political football between the Dems and the Repugs. It time for it all to end -- now -- in our favor. I don't care if it's ended by the Congress, the President or the Courts but, damn it, it's time to repeal DADT as a start for granting our full civil rights along with all straight citizens. We don't need flip-flopping assholes like McCain holding our rights hostage anymore.

    Posted by: Rob | Nov 14, 2010 1:54:58 PM

  21. opposed to the rights of gays and lesbians being held hostage? It's a pity that you have bought into the idea that you deserve your second class status.

    Posted by: Bobo | Nov 14, 2010 2:13:58 PM

  22. Seems like he knows what he wants, and he doesn't like the survey results... I guess it's rough when you are used to people obeying when you tell them what to tell you, and then all the sudden they don't tell you what you expected to hear. When is McCain up for reelection again?

    Posted by: Alpha | Nov 14, 2010 2:20:21 PM

  23. Did anybody else notice how much this picture of him looks like the troll face?

    Posted by: Pira | Nov 14, 2010 2:27:34 PM

  24. This man is old and an unrepentant homophobe. He won't change his tune till he dies so just like your doddering Grandpa you just have to humour him and say yes yes grandpa it'll all be alright......then give him his hot chocky and send him to bed.

    Posted by: DavidW | Nov 14, 2010 2:30:33 PM

  25. Too bad that melanoma was found.

    Posted by: Sean | Nov 14, 2010 2:36:39 PM

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