I mean has anybody been watching the debates lately? You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change. It’s true. You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have healthcare. And booing a service member in Iraq because they’re gay.
Here is how one Presidential candidate who himself never served (and others in the Republican audience) support the military:
- Republican Debate Crowd Boos Steven Hill, Gay Soldier Serving In Iraq (mediaite.com)
- GOP Debate Crowd Boos Gay Soldier Serving in Iraq: VIDEO (towleroad.com)
McCain’s rant on the repeal of DADT:
What the fuck happened to John McCain?
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.
In February, 2010, after the leadership of the military came to him and said exactly that, he said this:
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.
And today, he said this:
I will not agree to have this bill go forward.
Can you imagine what history will have to say about this kind of turn-around on an issue that clearly represents the future?
James Fallows has more:
John McCain seems intentionally to be shrinking his audience, his base, and his standing in history. It’s unnecessary, and it is sad.
Meanwhile, over at The Daily Show:
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- The 2010 John McCain’s Repudiation of the 2000 John McCain Is Nearly Complete (themoderatevoice.com)
- Understanding John McCain (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)
- The Shamelessness Of John McCain (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)
- DADT: McCain threatens block, Scott Brown supports repeal (dailykos.com)
- How mavericky of him (washingtonmonthly.com)
- John McCain’s Sad, Permanent Crusade Against Gays in the Military [Polidicks] (gawker.com)