Harry Reid vs. John McCain

Senator Harry Reid took the the U.S. Senate floor on Saturday to verbally tear into Senator John McCain over the latter’s ever-evolving resistance to repealing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Now, Sen. Reid can sometimes be a bit stuffy, but in this particular case, three cheers for him for publicly calling bullshit on Sen. McCain.

The really amusing part? Reid compared McCain to “Lucy” from the Peanuts cartoons, when she yanks the football away each time Charlie Brown tries to kick it.

The actual speech went something like this:

“First, Sen. McCain said he would seriously consider repealing it if the military leadership thought we should, and [when] the military leadership said it should be repealed, he pulled away the football. Then Sen. McCain said he would need to see a study from the Pentagon. When the Pentagon produced the study saying repeal would have no negative effect at all, he pulled away the football again.

“And his latest trick, he said yesterday that he opposed repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ a proposal that would be a great stride forward for both equality and military readiness … because of the economy. I repeat, the senior senator from Arizona said he couldn’t support repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ because of the economy.

“I have no idea what he’s talking about and no one else does either.”

In a word… ZING!

The McCain campaign responded, in an email from spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan: “Perhaps someone should inform the majority leader the election is over.”

All petty bickering aside, the fact remains, Sen. McCain has given new reasons time and time again for why he opposed DADT repeal. It’s becoming increasingly clear that he either vehemently opposes having gays and lesbians openly serve in the military, or he is bound and determined to pander to his ultra-conservative homophobic base.

Either way, it’s bullshit, and good for Sen. Reid for calling him on it.

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