Sen. John McCain's devolution on Don't Ask, Don't Tell is "genuinely pathetic," writes Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly. The Arizona Republican has gone from supporting a repeal of the military's ban on openly gay troops to waiting for the Pentagon study on it next month to, now, saying the study was the wrong kind.
Sen. McCain on Meet the Press:
You and I have not seen that study. And this study was directed at how to implement the repeal, not whether the repeal should take place or not. But, very importantly, we have people like the commandant of the Marine Corps, the three other--all four service chiefs are saying we need a thorough and complete study of the effects--not how to implement a repeal, but the effects on morale and battle effectiveness. That's what I want.
And once we get this study, we need to have hearings, and we need to examine it, and we need to look at whether it's the kind of study that we wanted. It isn't, in my view, because I wanted a study to determine the effects of the repeal on battle effectiveness and morale.
The senator's flip-flops are showing, Benen argues. "The senator would be better off dropping the incoherent pretense and simply acknowledge what's plainly true: he doesn't want gay servicemembers, and no amount of evidence will change his mind," he writes.