Wednesday, February 03, 2010

The Republican version of a principled conservative--maverick edition

John McCain on Don't Ask Don't Tell in 2006:

"But the day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, 'Senator, we ought to change the policy,' then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it, because those leaders in the military are the ones we give the responsibility to."

John McCain in 2010 after the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff testify that Don't Ask Don't Tell should be abolished:

"I'm deeply disappointed in your statement," he told Mullen. Congress took up this issue in 1993, McCain said, and reached a compromise between "the desires of a minority and the interests of a volunteer force." (He also brandished a letter signed by more than 1,000 officers opposing repeal.) "I'm eager to hear from our distinguished witnesses what has changed," he said.

Do you think he'll flip (or is it flop?) again now that Colin Powell has come out for the repeal of DADT?

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