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Former Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, the first Marine wounded in Iraq, speaks out about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" on Hardball and coming out as a gay man.


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  1. People may disagree with things McCain has done and does [I DO], I even think he deserved prison time for his part in the S&L scandal. But, I don't doubt his bravery forged in battle. He is not a coward.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 26, 2010 5:08:11 PM

  2. You folks commenting on his voice do a great service for the lgbt community; you prove we're just as scummy as the bigots are.

    @PeterC: John McCain flew air combat missions over Vietnam despite being an admiral's son and more than capable of getting a cushy non-combat detail. He was shot down and ended up a POW.
    Unfortunately, the integrity of his earlier life seems to have been corrupted since his unsuccessful bid against W back in the primary for the 2000 election.

    Posted by: Vincent | Nov 26, 2010 5:11:08 PM

  3. I suggest you update your facts, and get them from a source other than the mccain propaganda machine. He is no war hero.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 26, 2010 5:11:25 PM

  4. as to mccain's skill as a pilot...subpar is perhaps the most charitable characterization.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 26, 2010 5:14:23 PM

  5. John McCain was raised in a very privileged environment. He ranked poorly academically. Probably much of his ability to obtain positions in the armed forces were the result of his families influence. He may very well be a crappy pilot who destroyed a multi million dollar aircraft after managing to get shot down. His political life is relatively sordid and unremarkable, ditto what's known about his private life. I still don't think he's a coward. He's done things cowards don't do.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 26, 2010 5:36:54 PM

  6. That should read 'family's' not families.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 26, 2010 5:38:17 PM

  7. McCain has been completely seduced and corrupted by power. Obviously, the process has been ongoing for a long time. But it has only gotten more pathetic in recent years. Watching him squirm during the 2010 primary, as he tried to deny that he was ever a maverick and toed the party line on every single issue, was really quite sad. One got the impression from those interviews that he would say and do anything to save his own butt.

    There's not an ounce of substance, vision, or even belief left in him.

    It is pure self-preservation.

    He may have secured a spot in the Senate for a couple more terms. But make no mistake about it, history will judge John McCain quite harshly.

    Posted by: John | Nov 26, 2010 5:47:46 PM

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