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Of Course They Are!

[ 17 ] May 27, 2010 |

I can’t say this is surprising; filibustering the repeal of DADT would be entirely consistent with the history of this indefensible device.

Meanwhile, speaking of media incompetence about McCain, I offer the following juxtaposition. John McCain, in real life:

Armed Services ranking member John McCain said Thursday that he would “without a doubt” support a filibuster if the bill goes to the floor with repeal language.

“I’ll do everything in my power,” the Arizona Republican said, citing letters from the four service chiefs urging Congress not to act before a Pentagon review of the policy is complete. “I’m going to do everything I can to [ensure that bigotry continues to infect hiring decisions in America's armed forces.]”

John McCain, in the dreamlife of a certain kind of center-left pundit:

A similar pattern describes his views on gay rights. I remember McCain telling me during an interview in the mid-1990s about how a gay member of his staff sensitized him to the issue. When he ran for president in 2000, he won the endorsement of the Log Cabin Republicans. The Advocate calls him “notoriously pro-gay.” In 2004, McCain was one of only six Republican senators to vote against the Federal Marriage Amendment, and after a Massachusetts court affirmed gay unions, he took the position that states could decide their own marriage laws without federal help. McCain has lately fallen back into formation, saluting an obnoxious Arizona bill that would deny benefits to unmarried couples. Gay leaders in his state, who know better than to take such maneuvering seriously, have already let him off the hook. The rest of us should be sophisticated enough to recognize that politics is the art of the possible, and that what’s in McCain’s heart on this subject (as President Bush might say) is not a viable stance for any presidential candidate just yet, especially a Republican one.

But don’t kid yourself, one of these days politics will end, and What’s In McCain’s Heart will finally emerge!

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  1. Glenn says:

    You know, say what you will about Dick Cheney, at least with him you never had to deal with this Heart/Politics dichotomy.

  2. Kurzleg says:

    Right, because he doesn’t seem to have the former.

    • harmfulguy says:

      Sure, Cheney had a heart! In fact, I’m pretty sure he had a new one implanted from a volunteer Young Republican every six months or so.

      • Halloween Jack says:

        Or, to borrow the line used by many horror writers: He has the heart of a small child. It sits in a jar on his desk.

  3. harmfulguy says:

    What’s In McCain’s Heart will finally emerge!

    Maybe it already has; that would certainly explain the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

  4. DrDick says:

    It is never about what is good for the country and always about what is good for McGrumpyPants. Always has been and always will be.

  5. BigHank53 says:

    Hasn’t any center-left pundit ever looked at his voting record? The man has a 100% approval rating from James Dobson, who doesn’t waste time listening to pols flap their lips: he looks at how they vote.

    The man is willing to say anything, which gets his mug on TV a lot. Voting? 100% shitbag Republican.

  6. Halloween Jack says:

    McCain will say and do anything, anything at all, to get elected; Weisberg, or anyone else who has difficulty wrapping their brain around this notion, would do well to review this NYT Magazine article about the presidential campaign, which chronicles the increasingly desperate gear-shifting that his staff engaged in in an attempt to chase down the vote.

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