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

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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.)

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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. ++

    FCUK u John McCain.
    Once a hero.
    Now a fading has-been whose lost
    all credibility.

    ++

    Posted by: Chapeau | Nov 14, 2010 7:24:41 PM


  2. Oh ya? Well I want a mental fitness exam for geriatrics who run for office.
    Little worm is out of touch with reality!

    Posted by: MoJo | Nov 14, 2010 9:14:34 PM


  3. First he inflicted Sarah Palin, the greatest disease this country has ever known, upon us. Then in a desperate attempt to appease the very worst of our populace, he swung so far to the right, he makes Strom Thurman look like he shat rainbows. He flipflopped on almost every single thing he said and did from 1995-present, now we get him doing everything in his decrepit old power to stop something HE originally supported, just to make himself look just a little bit MORE wingnutty.
    Im sure Cindy got "a talkin to" by him after that ad came out and was talked about in the media. Someone aske her to roll up her Chanel sleeve, and we'll see how persuasive he probably was.
    This man rode the cottails of his military service through all of this, but that well has run painfully dry.
    Mr McCain, kindly shut up, find one of your wife's houses, and retire. Your relevance has come to an end. My sympathy goes to Meghan, whom will be saddled with questions about your idiocy well after you've been planted at Arlington.
    To the GayCons that love to defend their "we are more than a single issue voters"...enjoy your feelings of supiriority and belonging, cuz you will be the first cast overboard when they need to "thin the herd" up there in the Republican Party. Obama is no saint, but to any gay...and I MEAN any gay that voted Republican this year, or any in the last 30 years, Greed is the ONLY motive for your actions, and probably some classism and racism as well. I know you sociopaths dont care about ethics, but you'll get yours.
    Good day.

    Posted by: JT | Nov 14, 2010 9:31:32 PM


  4. So, it's the study's fault it got leaked....

    wha'?


    Posted by: princely54 | Nov 14, 2010 9:35:52 PM


  5. Ummmm... apparently talking out one's ass isn't good for your oral hygiene wither. Can someone please send this tool some Crest White-strips?

    Posted by: MJ | Nov 14, 2010 11:54:11 PM


  6. Senator McCain must stop pushing an anti-American agenda on this country, this military, and on gay soldiers. His agenda is so dangerous and shameful.

    Posted by: X | Nov 15, 2010 2:22:53 AM


  7. Fuck You, Gramps - and your pathetic, stupid, vapid wife. Rot in Hell, both of you.

    Posted by: Tre | Nov 15, 2010 3:42:29 AM


  8. Asshats keep voting for this dino why?
    I'm glad I don't live in Ayran-zone-a. Such an embarrassment to the country.

    Nothing that Mc. Cain does embodies the professionalism, honor, or any of the core values of our military.

    As a veteran, this man embarrasses me.

    Posted by: Chris | Nov 15, 2010 8:08:25 AM


  9. Should have never let him out of the Hanoi Hilton!

    Posted by: Ho Chi Min | Nov 15, 2010 8:12:54 AM


  10. This delusional elected bigot, a one time "hero", continues to cement his place in history as a buffoon.
    His views are as ever-changing as his adult diapers.
    John McCain is a sad and pathetic shell of a Republican Senator.

    Posted by: mcNnyc | Nov 15, 2010 9:28:31 AM


  11. You know, it amazes me that Cindy still puts up with this palooka. SHE'S the one with all the money.

    Known a million blowhards like McCain, had a couple of them as stepfathers. Suck up all the oxygen in the room. But he's on the downside now anyway, along with all the old guard military leadership. In fact, the day is just about done for a lot of the old pricks that are used to thinking this country and all of us are their personal property. The next several years should be very interesting.

    Posted by: romeo | Nov 15, 2010 11:09:26 AM


  12. Republicans like McCain may or may not actually hate us, as suggested in the above comments. But that's missing the point. These people would do anything that is politically expedient. The truth is they believe, probably rightly, that many "red-blooded" Americans do hate gays, or at least prefer to keep us as second-class citizens. The entire gay rights question in politics is purely a red herring to deter the right-wing base from the true horrors that republicans perpetrate. WIth shouting down gay rights, the republicans keep their base voting for them, and all the while manage to continue to pass legislation that favors the rich getting richer and big corporations from being above the law normally reserved for all other American entities, citizens and small businesses included.

    Democrats, incidentally, are really good at this too.

    Like the tea party, gays and their supporters really should consider forming a fake "party" too, one that becomes seen as indispensable to keeping Democrats and liberal-leaning independents in power, as long as they fight for our civil rights, and keeping our civil rights as a core value of the larger liberal party.

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Nov 15, 2010 11:43:18 AM


  13. I've never seen a better argument for an assasination.

    Posted by: Wayne | Nov 15, 2010 1:00:45 PM


  14. Is there any way we can e-mail Senator Homo-no? I hate it when their e-mail address says that we have to be from their state. You are an American Senator not Arizona's Senator! Plus, I hope that NoH8 deletes Cindy's initial statement. She's a Stepford wife if there ever was one!

    Posted by: Bill Cooney | Nov 15, 2010 4:09:50 PM


  15. Fuck you Fuck McCain. And the fucking horse you sucked in on.

    Posted by: Pointless | Nov 15, 2010 4:15:49 PM


  16. I know it is old news but it still infuriates me that my subscription money from Manhunt went to this man. Perhaps someone should ask the owner of Manhunt what he thinks now of his dear friend McCain.

    Posted by: Jacob | Nov 15, 2010 4:23:26 PM


  17. The only wrong approach that was taken was by those of his supportors who voted this corpse back in.

    Posted by: Harry | Nov 15, 2010 5:37:26 PM


  18. Nice that Sen. McCain "respects the 1st amendment rights of every member of his family", but he's more than happy to let our gay and lesbian soldier's 1st amendment rights be trampled by his bigoted homophobic BS and DADT. Plus he's now so afraid of a vote?!?
    WTF, Republicans always want to put our rights to a vote, so why not do it now? Let the Senate vote. Call McCain's office and tell him to let the Senate vote.

    241 Russell Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Main: (202) 224-2235

    We also need BO to pick up the phone and call those 5 Republicans senators he needs to make a deal. Plus, there are a couple of more Dems who are out of a job (Blanche Lincoln) that could change their mind and vote for the bill, too. Just put in the calls, Mr. President and be our fierce advocate. That goes double for Harry Reid. He took Lt. Choi's ring and made a promise. So Senator, figure out what it takes to get the votes needed for cloture and just do it.

    Posted by: TruthSeeker_Too | Nov 15, 2010 8:53:53 PM


  19. I'm thinking that when they do away with DADT, the little red fireplug's fellow republicans will tell him to dry up.

    Posted by: ophu | Nov 15, 2010 8:54:16 PM


  20. As has been obvious from the very beginning, McCain is an empty vessel. That alone doesn't distinguish most politicians of any persuasion, to channel a worn populist sentiment. It doesn't matter what he believes behind closed doors, or what he doesn't: he says and does whatever his constituency and broader republican base wants to hear. He only plays the game, and narrative is more important than reality. Of course he's homophobic, even if you were to catch him in an unguarded moment at a gathering espousing tolerance for gays and lesbians; it simply doesn't matter: without the pressure of his constituency and party to repeat the narrative, he doesn't care one way or the other about anything other than himself. What matters are results, and actions. And that applies equally to democrats who "champion" gay rights in rhetoric, but fail to deliver results.

    A lot of people are talking how different he is from what he was saying a decade ago, a huge about face to somehow reveal hypocrisy...especially about the bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 1%, which he opposed in 2004 (singing Obama's tune on them). How he championed sanity within his own party, even, and was willing to "listen to the joint chiefs" about DADT repeal. Well, this is clearly evidence that he was playing a game, then, too...and if you didn't know that after the s&l scandal, and thought, "wow, that john mccain is willing to forego personal gain for principle--he's an individual, not a politician!," you're politically illiterate.

    To this...he might as well have said,"we need to wait for the gremlin opinion, as they determine how well our fighter pilots can perform. Marshmellows." He will always oppose gay civil equality and DADT, and is a lost cause unworthy of spending any time assessing his motivations or internal dialogue. There is no dearth of justification that spin can generate, no matter what the issue or what's at stake (democrat and republican). He's locked in the bubble of antireality and antireason, and the only way that he can be deposed in an election is if he were outdouched by a more bigoted asshole in a place like AZ. The only thing that matters is undermining credibility, however that's achieved.

    This guy and everything he represents is nothing but bad for this country.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 15, 2010 9:26:16 PM


  21. John McCain is no "Hero". He was shot down because the enemy's pilot was better at what he was doing than McCain. The only reason he survived was because of our enemy;s respect for his Father and Grandfather; who were both outstanding military leaders.

    Now, McCain is nothing but a bigoted senile old man. Shut up; already!

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Nov 15, 2010 9:31:29 PM


  22. John McCain is human scum. And his wife should be removed from the NOH8 campaign, because her words mean nothing, when they barely last a day.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 16, 2010 4:49:05 AM


  23. Great stonewalling there, John. At least you are keeping the theme (and your politically legacy) consistent. I guess keeping this ball in the air also keeps you relevant, doesn't it, you old turd.

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 17, 2010 8:20:03 AM


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