Monday, November 15, 2010

McCain Wants More DADT Repeal Studies, Responds to Wife's NoH8 Ad (video)

Albert Einstein once said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."

It's time for an intervention in the McCain household. The mood swings, personalty changes and delusional rants are a clear indication that Senator Grumpy and his wife Sybil are ready for a much needed makeover that includes matching designer straight jackets and some lovely rubber wallpaper for their home with tranquil pictures of puffy clouds, sweet little butterflies and playful puppies and kitties. At the very least, someone needs to check their meds.

The senator appeared on "Meet The Press" Sunday, where he was asked about his wife's recent public cry for help via her participation in the NoH8 Campaign's anti-bullying PSA, her momentary opposition to DADT, her recognition of the government's role in creating a hostile environment for LGBT youth, followed by her subsequent back-peddling just hours after the ad went public on Friday.

Host David "Lurch" Gregory asked the former maverick and soon to be Depends spokesman, "Are you going to stand in the way — you personally — in the way of this ban being lifted?"

McCain responded in standard Republican form by denying the evidence:
I have not seen that study, and this study was directed at how to implement the repeal, not whether the repeal should take place or not.

But very importantly, we have people like the commandant of the Marine Corps, the three other — all four service chiefs are saying  we need a thorough and complete study of the effects — not how to implement a 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 we need to look at whether it’s the kind of study that we wanted.

It isn’t in my view because I wanted a study to determine the effects of the repeal on battle effectiveness and morale. What this study is designed to do is to find out how the repeal could be implemented. Those are two very different aspects of this issue.
In other words, despite the 20 or so surveys that have been done since DADT went into effect, that have shown a consistent waning of support for keeping it in place, Senator Looney Tunes wants yet another study -- and another and another -- until one of them shows the results he wants to see.

As for his his schizophrenic wife, the Grumpy Old Man says he respects the First Amendment rights of all his family members (especially when he can twist their arms until they agree with him).

Gregory asked McCain if it was fair to say that repeal is not going to happen during the lame duck session, which starts this week. The Arizona Ass Hat replied, "...I don’t think it should be because I think once the study comes out in the beginning of December, we should at least have a chance to review it and maybe have hearings on it."

The Palm Center, a UCLA-based think tank, released the following statement on Sunday in response to McCain's interview:
 "Senator McCain's latest criticism of the Pentagon study uses the same tactic that anti-gay activists have employed for decades. When the evidence doesn't support the reasons they offer for discrimination, they just turn the data upside down. In this case, the Pentagon report is expected to be 90% supportive of the idea that gays don't harm the military, so the Senator's only option is to pretend that it is 50-50. His views do not reflect the evidence or the facts about gays in the military."
You can view the Meet The Press interview below.

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1 comment:

  1. McCain and others will ensure that our struggle for equality will have to persist for years to come. So be it.


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