Via Pam Spaulding, we catch John McCain, who was on Meet the Press and up to his usual weasel-iness on “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” For months, McCain was calling for the results of a Pentagon study on the law before deciding whether to take any action on repealing it. Now that the study says that most servicemembers would have no problem with its repeal, McCain is basically calling for a new study.
Okay, so McCain is a jackass. We all get that. But 70 percent of servicemembers are in favor or its repeal and the overwhelming majority of Americans want it scuttled — and yet DADT is still the law, and barring some unexpected explosion of political courage from Democrats in Congress and the White House during the next two months, it will remain so. (It’s not as if the president has to defer to Congress on this, even as he keeps arguing that this is the case.)
On this issue, at least — one on which the White House has the political winds at its back — the Obama presidency has been effectively indistinguishable from a McCain presidency. Sigh.