McCain: “Absolutely I will Filibuster DADT Repeal”

Jim Burroway

October 18th, 2010

John McCain appeared on a local Phoenix Sunday morning talk show in which he accused President Barack Obama of asking for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” because he “made this decision because of a political promise to the gay and lesbian community.” This is despite the fact that polls put the public support for DADT’s repeal at about 75%. McCain added, “Absolutely I will filibuster or stop it from being brought up until we have a thorough and complete study on the effect of morale and battle effectiveness.”

Leonardo Ricardo

October 18th, 2010

John McCain has stained himself with teapartylike sludge since meeting up with Sarah Palin…he´s been caught in a landslide of filth that he won´t ever be able to wipe clean away…once a heroic grown man who stood with his personal integrity he´s now sunk down by pandering to the lowest and most selfish of the bigoted low.

Mark F.

October 18th, 2010

And with 2 more Republicans likely to be seated in the Senate in November, a filibuster will be hard to break–although Reid may decline to even bring the matter to the floor again. This proposed repeal may be dead for years.

Rob San Diego

October 18th, 2010

It’s because of old fogies like McCain that the administration needs to not appeal the court decisions. JUST ACCEPT THE DECISION! Old farts like McCain will filibuster till the day they are un-elected.


October 18th, 2010

McBush is only parroting the views of ALL the other REPUBLICANS in the US Senate. That said, with our “fierce advocate” in the White House does any of this matter? Obama has shown without a doubt that he will do NOTHING of substance for the gay community. Thanks, in large part, for the continued cover that HRC has provided him to do NOTHING.


October 18th, 2010

At the very least, if they’re going to filibuster, the Democratic Senate leadership should make them ACTUALLY take to the Senate floor to speak, not just accept a threat. Make them stand there and talk; they’ll soon give up and the vote can go forward.


October 18th, 2010

The “study” which will influence not one single vote, won’t be complete until the new Congress is sworn in, and Republicans won’t ever vote for repeal. So, it’s done. There will be no repeal at least until 2012, and only then if Obama is reelected and the Dems get huge majorities in both Houses again, which is pretty unlikely. Realistically, we’re looking at repeal around 2016 or 2020.


October 18th, 2010

RWG, actual filibustering (talking at the podium) doesn’t exist any more. It hasn’t for decades.

John in the Bay Area

October 18th, 2010

I think that bringing back the physical filibuster (getting up and talking to death a bill) will have to be brought back in order to allow our political system to function again. This filibustering from the comfort of your bed is just plain criminal.


October 18th, 2010

That “thorough and complete study” was done by the Navy in 1957. It’s called the Crittenden Report; perhaps McCain should read it.


October 19th, 2010

Ryan, I hate to say that I agree with your timeline. But I’m kinda a pessimist :)


October 19th, 2010

Thanks Frijondi for the heads up on the “Crittendon Report”. Here is a link to a list of interesting docuements such as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell : A Costly and Wasteful Choice” –>


October 19th, 2010

McCain can rant and rave about filibustering all he wants. At this rate, there won’t be anything left for him TO filibuster.


October 20th, 2010

McCain is just old politics!! He should get with the program or retire!!

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