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John McCain Working with 'Hate Group' Family Research Council to Roll Back or Block 'DADT' in 2011


Writes hate group leader Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council, in the group's holiday update:

"As for FRC, who will take great pleasure in seeing this lame-duck finally limp out of town, we'll be spending the next couple of weeks reassessing the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' debate. In fact, I've already been in conversations with Hill leaders about holding hearings in the New Year, as well as statutory and legislative oversight steps that can be taken to turn back aspects of the repeal and slow down--if not stop--the rest. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and others will be working with FRC to put a strict evaluation process in place. We want to ensure that the Pentagon is monitoring the effect of this radical change on the men and women in harm's way. One way to do that is demanding specific measurables--like tracking the sexual assaults, dips in recruitment and retention, combat distractions, and more. If there's the slightest disruption to the military's mission, you can bet that FRC will be on the Hill, demanding to revisit this repeal. And unlike the Senate Majority Leader, we won't consult Lady Gaga first."

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  1. Bitchy, Miss Toni: bitchy.

    Posted by: DougChgo | Dec 22, 2010 7:31:08 AM

  2. It's astonishing how much the American right hates you guys. It's so incredulous because these guys would never, ever be allowed to publicly behave this way in England.

    I'm astounded so many gays would rather comment snarkyly like this some kind of joke or spend tint insulting the Democratic party.

    This is really disturbing.

    Posted by: Rowan | Dec 22, 2010 7:38:52 AM

  3. Anything for a donation, huh, Tony?

    Posted by: MG | Dec 22, 2010 7:40:14 AM

  4. Clearly, the fight is NOT over. With the Republicans coming into power in the House next month, you can bet every 'legal' trick will be pulled out of their collective asses and that they will throw every roadblock up that they can. Remain vigilant and don't put the powder away just yet.

    Posted by: princely54 | Dec 22, 2010 7:45:31 AM

  5. it never ceases to amaze me how obsessed these nutjobs are with gay people. and i truly believe it - completely OBSESSED. it's like every waking moment of their lives is about a gay issue, a gay person, gay sex, repealing or denying gay rights, gay, gay, gay, gay. mccain endured years of torture as a prisoner of war to dedicate his life to THIS? aren't there homeless people for these christians to feed and shelter?

    Posted by: EO | Dec 22, 2010 8:01:26 AM

  6. Why is the FRC even interested in DADT? I thought their focus was on the "family". What does that even have to do with DADT? That just proves that their agenda is all about hate and nothing whatsoever to do with "family values".

    Posted by: BC | Dec 22, 2010 8:09:04 AM

  7. "like tracking the sexual assaults"

    Yes Mr. Perkins, gay men spend all their time assaulting straight men. It's a wonder that I have any energy left for anything else. It's even more startling when you consider how boring I find straight guys. Of course, I don't have to talk to them when I assault them.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Dec 22, 2010 8:09:12 AM

  8. Woke up an hour ago and, seriously, no kidding, had had a bad dream about McCain finding a way to block repeal. Ugh. That vindictive spiteful wreck of a human being. I notice that Perkins says "IF there's the slightest disruption...". Translation - We won't be risking our credibility by predicting the nature of the disruption. We'll wait and see what lie to invent that strikes us as most credible.
    Looks like this fight may not be over and, as ever, pressure may have to be kept on Obama. We shouldn't be surprised, really. The repeal of DADT represents a massive blow not only to the survival of American antigay bigotry, but to the fundie Christofascist psyche as well, for whom the American military is nothing less than God's army.

    Posted by: Blueflash | Dec 22, 2010 8:09:13 AM

  9. Disturbing..very much so, but predictable.
    This hate group, along with McCain, et at are simply pandering to the right wing base and holding on to old ideas.
    Once they see the repeal shows a positive effect in the entire military they will quietly shut up and in 6 months or so, these groups will move on to another issue. The best thing we can do is to behave in a respectable way.

    Posted by: JM | Dec 22, 2010 8:11:53 AM

  10. Sounds like "Tony Perkins" is just as crazy, and probably just as self hating, sexually as his more famous Hollywood namesake.

    Wonder how long before he and the rest of the FRC echelon gets busted cruising some guy in a restroom?!

    Posted by: wirrrn | Dec 22, 2010 8:26:11 AM

  11. It won't matter that congress' Dems are in the minority next year, they'll simply filibuster any crap the other side tries to pull to get DADT repeal torn down. I'm not worried about this, it's just saber rattling and it helps make them look bad to the American people.

    And Grampy McSourGrapes won't live forever.

    Posted by: johnny | Dec 22, 2010 8:29:28 AM

  12. They don't have veto-proof majorities in both houses. There's not a whole lot they can do. But I would love to see how they propose to measure "combat distractions." Will they embed field researchers in deployed units and have them go around with a survey in the middle of combat operations?

    "Staff sergeant, at this moment how distracted are you by the possible presence of homosexuals: Not at all, a little, some, a lot, or extremely?"

    Posted by: Anon | Dec 22, 2010 8:29:36 AM

  13. Uh no "WIRRRN." The original Tony Perkins was exceedingly fucked-up, but he wasn't a hateful creep dumping on other gay people from the "safety" of the closet. He was a great actor -- not just as Norman Bates in Psycho -- but in many other films as well. He was also a teriffic singer. In fact if you're looking for a srockign stuffer get the DVD of Evening Primrose, the 1966 TV musical he stars in written by his one-time semi-boyfriend Stephen Sondheim. It was different era and both these fine artists had no end of difficulty with Teh Ghey. Sondheim got his act together and is still happily with us. Tony is, alas not.

    My most searing memory of him is from back in early 1970 when the Gay Activists Alliance would meet on Thusday nights in the community room of a church in Chelsea (this was before the Firehouse.) Every Thursday Tony Perkins would ride by on the other sid of the street backa nd forth and back and forth. We'd yell at him to come on over. Sometimes he'd pause, but then he'd take off like a shot.

    Oh well. As Edward Albee would say, that's blood under the bridge.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 22, 2010 9:21:48 AM

  14. So, now we have a senator working with a hate group? When will he put on his white hood and have pictures taken with mcconnel?

    Posted by: Ed Cortes | Dec 22, 2010 9:56:23 AM

  15. Perkins and McCain, what pathetic excuses for men.......and even more pathetic that they actually consider themselves leaders.

    Is there not an ounce of self-reflection in their decrepit bodies ?
    Their bitterness seems to have obscured any rationality that might have once existed in their minds.
    Now what happened to them ? When did they become so obsessed, so convulsed with "the gay" ? What was the trigger ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 22, 2010 9:58:46 AM

  16. Revisiting DADT repeal (which is supported by a vast majority of Americans) will only make Perkins and McBigot seem even more pathetic than they are. Let them try. They lost this one and simply cannot accept the facts.

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 22, 2010 10:20:02 AM

  17. Of course this is all about FRC raising $$$, but it's a very good reason to continue the lawsuits now working their way through the federal courts.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Dec 22, 2010 10:45:36 AM

  18. McCain--the sniveling worm who crawled to GWB when it became that GWB was going to get his party's nomination.

    McCain has no pride, no shame, no intergrity, no humanity. He's the very essence of low-life.

    BTW--anybody seen any pics of Cindy since she was forced to release a statement backtracking her support of repeal? Can't help wondering if his poor impulse control caused him to black both her eyes or just one.

    Posted by: Danny | Dec 22, 2010 10:57:17 AM

  19. These two are the poorest excuses of men who continually troll through our daily lives. However, let them rant and rave, shaking their fists at the sky and cursing the light, because there'll be NO undoing the DADT repeal. It's done - over and out. They're ridiculous actions (and those of Senate Minority Leader McConnell) will continue to point our what extremely petty human beings these men are, especially in the face of overwhelming public opinion in FAVOR of repealing this stupid homophobic law. I'm afraid they'll get only lumps of coal in their Christmas stockings this holiday season - and rightly deserved, too.

    Posted by: Rob | Dec 22, 2010 11:05:36 AM

  20. Where were you, Mr. Perkins, when I was subjected to abuse at the hands of the military when it was discovered that I was gay? Where was your concern for my safety and the safety of those who were subjected to the vicious sting of a "grateful nation?" How many hammers have you had thrown at you? 24 years later, I remember...People such as yourself are a clear and present danger to the good of this nation.

    Posted by: Phillip Zimmerman | Dec 22, 2010 11:16:49 AM

  21. This stuff keeps happening cause you guys don't do anything to defend your rights.

    Posted by: j. | Dec 22, 2010 11:18:35 AM

  22. I agree J.

    Why isn't a gay group esp set up for making these self hate groups watch their back?

    All that energy that Choi or Get Equal put in screaming at the Dems...why don't they go after these people!??!

    You NEED to start pressuring the Right! Show them up for what they are!

    Posted by: Rowan | Dec 22, 2010 11:35:26 AM

  23. You can bet your bottom dollar, he won't be recording hetero assault cases.

    Posted by: Sylvatica | Dec 22, 2010 11:52:28 AM

  24. This is an absolute waste to time!

    Any repeal will be vetoed by President Obama!

    Posted by: Brains | Dec 22, 2010 1:04:05 PM

  25. mccrap should crawl into his grave pull the dirt in over him and die to rot for eternity. the man no use whats so ever. maybe he should spend his final days helping to find the mias, that he doesn't like talking about. perkins is just another low life who if didn't work for one this hate groups would be on the unemployment rolls just like donohue of the catholic league. just look around at how large a payroll hate carries.

    Posted by: walter | Dec 22, 2010 1:38:55 PM

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