Thursday, December 02, 2010


Does Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) really want to go down in history as the last man standing between the bankrupt policy of DADT and its repeal? Does he really want that to be his legacy? Even his bosom buddy, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is strongly (and admirably, tough as it is for me to admit) for repeal.

Here's what I'm wondering: What the hell is his reason? A list of possibilities:
  • Political: He's so nervous about alienating the dominant rightwing votership in Arizona - because in six years he'll have to run again?
  • Personal: He's homophobic, like a lot of older dudes.
  • Misinformed: He has a complete misapprehension of how service people who are gay and those that know they are gay interact with each other professionally?
  • Egomaniac: He's a grump who just wants to thwart something and act like he's the military expert?
Per the Andrew Sullivan post link above, he's acting anti-Constitutional, on one hand denying civilian command of the U.S. military (which I do doubt he'd be doing under a Republican President) -- that's called fascism -- and, on the other hand, somehow making the military a democracy where majority rule of soldiers would dictate with whom they would serve, rather than their orders.

I always thought that soldiers were supposed to follow their orders without question. But maybe that's only the order John McCain personally approves of. Yep, that last reason is looking more and more likely every day.

Enjoy your legacy, Sen. McCain.

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