• Is John McCain Consistent on DADT? Is the Pope Openly Gay?

    Here's John McCain on October 19, 2006, talking about Don't Ask, Don't Tell on the Hardball College Tour:

    MCCAIN: We have to have the most effective and professional military that we can possibly obtain. I listen to people like General Colin Powell, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and literally every military leader that I know. [...]

    I've had these debates and discussions, but the day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, Senator, we ought to change the policy, then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it because those leaders in the military are the ones we give the responsibility to.

    Okay! So that day came. It was yesterday.

    And here's John McCain on February 2, 2010 — coincidentally, also yesterday — speaking at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on DADT:

    MCCAIN: This would be a substantial and controversial change to a policy that has been successful for two decades. [...] At this moment of immense hardship for our armed services, we should not be seeking to overturn the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

    Now, why would a smart fellow who knows how to use the Google go on record with such a blatant contradiction? Is it because John McCain just wants to annoy Barack Obama as much as is humanly possible? Is it because John McCain is facing a re-election challenge?

    Or is it just because the only constant in John McCain's life these days is his inability to be completely, maddeningly inconsistent?

    Tags: DADT, John McCain, LGBT, Military, Senate


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