His column is very good and properly criticial, but there’s still something amusingly I-can’t-quit-you about this bit from Joe Klein’s postmature farewell to his admiration for McCain:
Two of the bills original sponsors, John McCain and Orrin Hatch, voted against the bill…and one wonders why, especially in McCain’s case, given the fact that he recently won reelection and doesn’t have to pretend to be a troglodyte anymore.
Continuing to believe that deep, deep down McCain is really a principled moderate at this late date is about as sensible as believing in Ralph Ciferetto as a life partner.
Tracee: What should I do? He acts like he doesn’t give a shit.
Tony: You ever think he’s not acting?
“Dear Mr. President. Too Many Qualified People Want to Serve Our Country. Please Eliminate Some Based on my Bigotry. I am Not a Crackpot.”
Predictably, but nonetheless amusingly, nominal supporter of gay and lesbian rights and very sincere utter Republican hack Glenn Reynolds asserts that the repeal of DADT — supported by every Demcorat who voted in the Senate and opposed by the vast majority of Republicans — was “bipartisan,” while the DADT policy was entirely the responsibility of Bill Clinton. Right. But, in fairness, the 2008 Republican presidential candidate supported progress, didn’t he? He certainly wouldn’t spend the historic the day in the Senate unleashing a bizarre, hateful series of angry non-sequiturs, would he?
Saturday’s debate on the repeal of the “don’t-ask-don’t-tell” policy was only half an hour old when the Arizona Republican burst onto the floor from the cloakroom, hiked up his pants and stalked over to his friend Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). Ignoring Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), who had the floor, McCain hectored the men noisily for a few moments, waving his arms for emphasis.
He bemoaned “this bizarro world that the majority leader has been carrying us in,” and taunted: “Maybe it will require another election.” The Arizonan suggested those who vote to repeal would have blood on their hands. “Don’t think that it won’t be at great cost,” he said, punctuating his words by bouncing on his toes and chopping with his left hand. It will “probably,” he said, “harm the battle effectiveness which is so vital to the survival of our young men and women in the military.”
The loss of Republican votes, no doubt, made McCain even angrier. When it came time for his closing argument before the day’s key vote, McCain spoke for only a few seconds: “Today’s a very sad day. The commandant of the United States Marine Corps says when your life hangs on the line, you don’t want anything distracting. . . . I don’t want to permit that opportunity to happen and I’ll tell you why. You go up to Bethesda Naval Hospital, Marines are up there with no legs, none. You’ve got Marines at Walter Reed with no limbs.”
What a bullet this country dodged in 2008. Frankly, I’m not sure he was even the best candidate on his party’s ticket at this point…
…Rumors that McCain’s speeches were written by
Eric Alec “sometimes talent sees the next generation and runs away screaming” Rawls are unconfirmed at this time.
The mission is not finished; it has only just begun. The most critical mission is supporting and encouraging closeted soldiers to finally access their full integrity, dignity, and humanity… President Obama, you are not off the hook. The compromise bill passed today puts the moral imperative squarely on your desk. Sign an executive order instituting a full non-discrimination policy throughout the military. Institute justice now.
…World’s Worst Deliberative Body rejects DREAM ACT by 55-41 majority.
…Joe Lieberman — Joe Lieberman! — gives nice, concise pro-DADT repeal speech. World’s biggest asshole John McCain — having railed against “elites” prior to returning to one of his indeterminate number of houses — favors the Senate with pissy, incoherent non-sequiturs about lost limbs.
…DADT repeal cloture apparently will pass with margin to spare. Woo-hoo! Krik and Voinovich joining right side of history on the GOP side with the New Englanders and Murkowski.
…63-33! A great day in American history. Great work by Reid and, yes, Lieberman. Obama’s strategy was vindicated. Plenty of credit to go around.
…as several people have noted, the only Republican to vote “yea” on cloture for both DREAM and DADT repeal was Lisa Murkowski. Thanks Sarah!
…Kos really lets Tester have it over his DREAM vote.
…Final DADT repeal vote: Senators committed to ideals of Declaration of Independence 65, Heirs of George Wallace 31.
Shorter Bob Corker: “I would happily undermine our nation’s security by refusing to ratify an important treaty as long as it meant that we would be able to continue to further undermine our nation’s security by irrationally discriminating against gays and lesbians.” The contemporary Republican Party defined!
Perhaps nonpartisan libertarian Glenn Reynolds can ask Corker about this during their next fawning interview.
The retirement of Larry King reminds me of one of my favorite SNL paradoies of all time (alas, audio only):
As a complement to Pierce, enjoy Emma Span on the witless sexism in Bill Simmons’s bestseller.