AZ Asshole: John McCain

Posted: December 4, 2010 in AZ Assholes, John McCain, LGBT Rights, Sen. John McCain

I couldn’t avoid it any longer.  I kept thinking that as the evidence, political will and popular support shifted to support the repeal of DADT, John McCain would reverse positions AGAIN and support it.  See he supported it before he was against it.  Let’s look at the…..ummmm….evolution of Sen. McCan’ts history on this and other related issues.

1993 – During the controversy over its initial enactment and during the time that there was discussion of its potential repeal, Sen. McCan’ts own mentor, the retired Sen. Barry Goldwater advocated for DADT’s full repeal.

1999 – Sen. McCan’t told the Boston Herald that he supported the decision of the military leaders who helped to create the DADT policy in the first place, which included Gen. Colin Powell.

February 27, 2000 – Sen. McCan’t says during a speech that neither party should be pandering to the outer reaches of American politics that support policies of intolerance such as Pat Robertson, Rev. Falwell and others.  Pat Robertson and Rev. Falwell were notorious supporters of the outright ban on gays serving in the military.

May 2006 – Sen. McCan’t thanks Rev. Falwell for his support and begins speaking to conservative religious groups (that support banning gays from serving in the military) to win his party’s nomination. 

October 2006 – During a speech in Iowa, Sen. McCan’t says he would support the repeal of DADT if the heads of the military said they think it should be repealed.

October 2007 – During the Iowa caucases for the nomination of the Republican Party, Sen. McCan’t again says he would support the repeal of DADT if the heads of the military said they think it should be repealed.

Oct. 1, 2008 – Sen. McCan’t reiterates his willingness to review DADT and receives the endorsement of Log Cabin Republicans.

Nov. 2008 – Sen. McCan’t loses the Presidential election to Sen. Barack Obama.

Feb. 2, 2010 – Sen. McCan’t says during hearings that we shouldn’t be seeking to overturn DADT because it would prove a hardship for the troops.

Feb. 3, 2010 – Retired Gen. and former Secretary of State Colin Powell urges the repeal of DADT.  Powell was one of those very same leaders that helped to create the policy of DADT and who McCain said he wanted to hear from before he would change his own mind.

May 2010 – Facing a far right-wing challenger for his Senate seat, Sen. McCan’t says that he will support a Republican filibuster of any Defense authorization bill that contains repeal DADT language.

Sept. 16, 2010 – Sen. McCan’t releases a statement saying he doesn’t oppose it or support it.  He also stated he would not take action before the members of the armed forces were surveyed.

Nov. 14, 2010 – Information about the results of an Armed Forces survey are leaked to the press, which indicate general support for the repeal.  Cindy McCain does a video in support of the repeal of DADT.  Sen. McCan’t when confronted with these things says he’ll wait for the results of the study and not make a judgement based on leaks. 

Dec. 3, 2010 – The armed forces survey shows general support for the repeal.  The top military brass support its repeal.  The majority of Congress supports its repeal.  The majority of the American people support its repeal.  Sen. McCan’t claims the armed forces survey on DADT was flawed and still won’t support its repeal.

For his bullshit stance, or lack thereof, on DADT Sen. John McCain is an AZ Asshole.

PS:  A hilarious take down of Sen. McCan’t and his many reversals:  http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-april-6-2010/say-anything

Sources:

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/mccain-on-dadt-i-will-listen-to-our-military-leaders-not-a-study-that-is-leaked/

http://www.keennewsservice.com/2010/09/19/mccain-re-pitches-his-position-on-dadt-again/

http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/02/now-that-powell-supports-dadt-repeal-will-mccain-come-around.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don’t_ask,_don’t_tell

http://www.lcrga.com/news/John-McCain-Dont-Ask-Dont-Tell-DADT-Powell/199912180929.shtml

http://www.lcrga.com/news/John-McCain-Gay-Lesbian-Interview/200810011727.shtml

http://articles.cnn.com/2010-02-03/politics/powell.gays.military_1_gates-and-mullen-general-powell-repeal?_s=PM:POLITICS

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