John McCain Against Changing Policy on Gays in Military; Looks Like He's Not "Coming Along" as Well as Somebody Thought
As outlined in President Obama's State of the Union speech, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced today that his office is beginning a year-long study on how to best remove the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military.
John McCain, however, is against the idea altogether.
McCain, the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee, says he is "deeply disappointed" with the assessment and that it is biased because it suggests that the law should be changed.
In other words, if you're in the military and gay (not that there's anything wrong with that) McCain would prefer that you remain in the closet -- so you won't make any of your fellow soldiers blush.
Looks like his daughter isn't rubbing off on him as much as she thought.
Last week, Meghan McCain gave a speech at the University of Florida, where she told the crowd that her father was "coming along" on the idea of gay marriage, implying that his stance on gays in general may be shifting away from the rank-and-file conservative viewpoint.
McCain, however, is facing opposition from the ultra-conservative faction of the Republican Party. He is in the beginning stages of a primary campaign against conservative radio host and former AZ Congressman J.D. Hayworth and seems to be doing whatever he can to appear as conservative as possible.
Hayworth is running on the platform that McCain is a moderate and not nearly conservative enough to represent the gun-toting, god-fearing citizens of Arizona.
Unfortunately for a lot of us, Hayworth's probably right.