Cranky John McCain Blocking ‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal

There are two things that could prevent Congress from repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: The dwindling congressional calendar, and John McCain. Though historically open to repeal, McCain promised to preserve the law during his primary battle with JD Hayworth, the New York Times explains. Since then, he’s helped block a defense bill that has a provision to repeal the ban, and now he’s negotiating with Carl Levin to strip that provision from the bill.

The Pentagon will release its report on how best to roll back the ban on Dec. 1, which could lend the measure some momentum, but would leave the Congress precious little time to finish the bill before the lame-duck session ends and newly elected Republicans take office. Robert Gates has come out in support of action, but the chiefs of the Army, Navy, and Air Force have all expressed reluctance.

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7 Responses to Cranky John McCain Blocking ‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal

  1. Jess

    November 9, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Now I am sitting eating my toast and I come across old man get off my lawn. This is putting me right off eating so you know. That being said, PO has said there will be no taking DADT from the bill. I say Harry, make them filibuster, bring those damn cots in and let them read Twilight novels. That will surely get them on to voting, because those books are torture. This is my thought on getting things done, Twilight novels for a filibuster, there will never be another one if they thought they had to read those books on the senate floor.

  2. Holte Ender

    November 9, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    McCain is the consummate politician, he needs to listen to his daughter.

  3. squatlo

    November 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    The saddest thing about all of this is that at one time John McCain was the only Republican I had the slightest respect for in Congress. He voted his conscience, said what he meant to say, and bucked the traditional pricks in his party when it was prudent and responsible to do so. Ever since Rove ambushed him in South Carolina with the push poll slime, and subsequent loss of the nomination to Bush, he’s been carrying water for the dark side.
    He had previously supported an end to TADT, but now he’s just another tool in a shed full of them. Bringing Palin to national prominence is the other reason he should be put on an ice floe and pushed away from the glacier.

    • A Michael J. Scott

      November 9, 2010 at 6:46 pm

      I was once like you. If there were a Republican I liked it would have been John McCain, until he ran that venal campaign. Hey! That rhymed. Regardless how true S. and thanks for stopping by. Would love to see you regularly.

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