Senator McCain, in 2008 I voted for you for President, even though you called me a “fucker” on the Senate floor back in 2003. Today, I wish to take my vote back!
The reason is simple. Your word no longer stands for anything. You’re a hypocrite. In the infamous words of Rep. Joe Wilson, “YOU LIE!”
In October 2006, Senator McCain, you said that the day that the leadership of the military came to and said the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy ought to change, you would “seriously” consider changing it.
In an interview with the former Washington Blade in 2008, you said you would “defer to our military commanders” on the issue. That happened this week.
Back in 1999, you said,
“I support the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy because Gen. Colin Powell, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, all of the military leaders that I respect and admire came up with this policy … They thought it was the best way to address a very difficult problem within our military.”
And just last year, you said,
“My opinion is shaped by the view of the leaders of the military. The reason why I supported the policy to start with is because General Colin Powell, who was then the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is the one that strongly recommended we adopt this policy in the Clinton administration. I have not heard General Powell or any of the other military leaders reverse their position.”
Well guess what Senator McCain? That too, happened this week. General Powell has reversed his position.
“In the almost seventeen years since the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” legislation was passed, attitudes and circumstances have changed. The principal issue has always been the effectiveness of the Armed Forces and order and discipline in the ranks. I strongly believe that this is a judgment to be made by the current military leadership and the Commander in Chief. It is also a judgment Congress must make. For the past two years, I have expressed the view that it was time for the law to be reviewed by Congress. I fully support the new approach presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee this week by Secretary of Defense Gates and Admiral Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. I will be closely following future hearings, the views of the Service Chiefs and the implementation work being done by the Department of Defense.”
So you are now drawing a new line. But so am I. I will support former Congressman J.D. Hayworth in his efforts to send you off into retirement. It’s a long shot, but one well worth taking.
Your leadership has grown sour. Your effectiveness has been diminished. It’s time for you to go!