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John McCain Compares ENDA to 'Busing', Says it Might Lead to 'Reverse Discrimination'

Despite the fact that his wife is petitioning him to do so, it appears unlikely that Senator John McCain (R-AZ) will be swayed to a'yes' vote on ENDA, the Huffington Post reports:

MccainWhen asked what lingering concerns he had about backing ENDA, McCain replied, "Whether it imposes quotas, whether it has reverse discrimination, whether it has the kinds of provisions that really preserve equal rights for all citizens or, like for example, busing. Busing was done in the name of equality. Busing was a failure. Quotas were a failure. A lot of people thought they were solutions. They weren't. They bred problems."

Polls show that a majority of Americans support making it illegal to fire LGBT individuals, and young voters -- including Republicans -- are more supportive of gay rights than older voters.

Yet McCain insisted young people would share his concerns about the legislation.

"I think the young people know we do not need reverse discrimination, they don't believe in quotas and they don't believe in some of the programs we saw in the name of racial equality implemented in the past which turned out to be counterproductive," he said. "Ask people in Boston if busing turned out to be a good idea."

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  1. He has been senile for years

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 30, 2013 12:15:02 PM


  2. Politicians always say a lot of words that don't make any sense or mean anything.

    Posted by: Will | Oct 30, 2013 12:16:48 PM


  3. Why is he comparing busing and quota with employment non-discrimination?

    Posted by: simon | Oct 30, 2013 12:18:26 PM


  4. Busing is my biggest issue with ENDA.

    I live in S.Florida, and will likely be bussed into "the villages" a very conservative community in the middle of the state, that would suck.

    Posted by: Tim S | Oct 30, 2013 12:19:19 PM


  5. Has the Senator read the bill?? ENDA prohibits discrimination based on perceived or real sexual orientation and gender identity. ENDA prohibits preferential treatment based on sexual orientation or gender identity and ENDA specifically prohibits quotas. Oh yes, and there's a nice little carve-out for religious organizations.

    Posted by: Tony | Oct 30, 2013 12:20:14 PM


  6. It's great tha McCain is so concerned about "reverse discrimination" since he doesn't seem to care about discrimination.

    Posted by: db | Oct 30, 2013 12:20:20 PM


  7. UGH. This old man is repugnant.

    The only good thing about him is that he won't be around much longer hopefully

    Posted by: jtramon | Oct 30, 2013 12:31:48 PM


  8. I'm from Boston. The issues related to bussing had much more to do with incredible racism more than anything to do with the change in policy.

    This guy just seems determined to be on the wrong side of every issue.

    Posted by: petensfo | Oct 30, 2013 12:37:40 PM


  9. Time to retire, you old fart...

    Posted by: KJPNYC | Oct 30, 2013 12:39:16 PM


  10. He not only doesn't listen to the sensible women in his family, he doesn't even seem to understand the basic premise of the bill. He's so mavericky.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 30, 2013 12:42:10 PM


  11. McCain can always be relied upon to bloviate into the nearest camera or mic. Publicity whore. And the shameless media enable him.

    Posted by: Pervy McPerv | Oct 30, 2013 12:46:15 PM


  12. Those lucky-duck minorities with their reverse discrimination riches again! There are no quotas in ENDA. He's horrible.

    Posted by: Alex | Oct 30, 2013 12:46:22 PM


  13. Most politicians make sweeping statements about pending legislation, but few of them have specific enough examples. They just want us to go along with what they want to do, rather than question their authority.

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 30, 2013 12:49:06 PM


  14. Bye bye, John. It's way past time for Arizonans to retire your tired ol' ass. Maverick-y, you ain't, pardner.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Oct 30, 2013 12:51:57 PM


  15. the fact that advances in medical science can keep people alive so much longer now than in the past definitely has a down side.

    until fairly recently most old white guys dropped dead of a heart attack or stroke in their 50s and 60s.

    Posted by: ed adams | Oct 30, 2013 12:52:33 PM


  16. When McCain was running for president, I imagined an attack ad where they would interview his North Vietnamese torturers: "We were just trying to get him to be less obnoxious. He was so hard to deal with that they had to send us all to therapy once the war ended."

    As a precedent, there was once a joke about Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon Johnson's vice president. Hubert would talk incessantly so some comedian imagined him in a Nazi prisoner of war camp, with an interrogator saying (in a thick German accent), "You know Hubert, ve have vays of making you stop talking."

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 30, 2013 12:55:54 PM


  17. Reverse discrimination is not a thing and the term needs to disappear into obscurity.

    Posted by: Derrick | Oct 30, 2013 1:11:09 PM


  18. @SIMON The answer is simple. Republicans can never offer facts or statistics or other empirical evidence for their baseless assertions so they must always rely on anecdotes, allegations and insinuations. McCain's blathering is a case in point.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 30, 2013 1:14:27 PM


  19. Please retire, Grampy McSenile. You would be more useful sitting on the porch of a nursing home in Phoenix yelling at the clouds to get off your lawn.

    Posted by: Craig | Oct 30, 2013 1:18:43 PM


  20. Well, when it comes to having your finger on the pulse of what "young people want", I'm sure all know that John McCain is where it's at. Because he's incredibly hip and with-it. He is to young people what Rush Limbaugh is to feminist vegan lesbians.

    Posted by: True Dat | Oct 30, 2013 1:21:31 PM


  21. So basically what McCain is saying is that in this picture

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c9/Soiling_of_Old_Glory.jpg

    he's with the guy holding the flag.

    Posted by: Alexander | Oct 30, 2013 1:28:15 PM


  22. umm wtf is busing?

    Posted by: AJ | Oct 30, 2013 1:41:22 PM


  23. Hey, John, how's the melanoma? Has it reached your brain, yet? Yup.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Oct 30, 2013 1:55:56 PM


  24. Just had to chuckle wistfully at the reverse discrimination comment.

    Senator McCain, most of us gay men are white males who have already endured reverse discrimination for decades because the law did not distinguish us from other white males on the basis of sexual discrimination. And guess which white males were considered the most expendable when noses had to be counted to comply with affirmative action. That's right--the gay ones. "If you have to cheat a white male, at least make sure that it is a gay one, if you can".....was the attitude that prevailed among employers, whether it was stated or not.

    Believe me, having had that experience, we don't desire to inflict it on others.....but just supposing your hypothetical came to fruition, would it not be just compensation for gay white men to benefit from reverse discrimination to make up for having been the principle victims of it for so long?

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 30, 2013 1:56:51 PM


  25. Again and again, he has the chance to lead and he fails. For heaven sakes, John, at least try to rescue you reputation.

    Posted by: woody | Oct 30, 2013 2:00:11 PM


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