Understated headline of the day: McCain Exudes Grumpiness At DADT Hearing
That was how The Wonk Room labeled the bombastic whining of Senator John McCain.
From the very first DADT hearing in February 2010 to today’s session, the Senator refused to consider the views of the witnesses before him. This morning – after reviewing the overwhelming positive DADT report and listening to the pleas of the leaders to end the policy in the lame duck session – McCain went further, openly implying that Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen was not living up to the expectations of leadership because he did not ask the troops if they favored repealing the policy…
MCCAIN: Then why wouldn’t we just ask the question?
MULLEN: Because, I fundamentally sir, think it’s an incredibly bad precedent to ask them about, to essentially vote on a policy.
MCCAIN: It’s not voting sir, it’s asking their views….Now I understand what your answer is. We would not ask their views on whether this policy should be changed or not, as the first question.
MULLEN: We’ve gotten in great part their views as a result of this survey.
MCCAIN: Well obviously, we’ll go around and around, but why we didn’t just simply ask them how they felt about it….Again, every great leader I’ve known has said, what are your views on this issue?
On my Facebook page, some reactions to this video…
George ONeill What a nasty, old prick!
George ONeill …someone call the Soylent Green truck, STAT!
Ajagbe Adewole-Ogunade constipated someone get him some prune juice
Rob Pilaud Gawd I am tired of him.
Pam Spaulding @George – I think Edward G. Robinson would push him into the dump truck without a nice send off with classical music and flora and fauna video.
George ONeill True, Pam…and those would sure be some dry, bitter crackers!
Tim Webster i dont understand his definition of leadership.. it’s NOT just listening to the majority (even though the majority in this case agrees with a repeal of DADT)
Michael Bussee Thanks for the great coverage and live blog commentary today!
Lizzie Darling this old fart needs mental help. Poor Cindy and Meghan.
NOTE: A reminder – on Friday at 9AM ET KnightsOut’s Sue Fulton and Outserve’s JD Smith are back as commentators on the Blend during the Senate debate involving DADT repeal.
The URL for the CoverItLive console is http://tinyurl.com/phbdadt.
You will be able to review Thursday’s liveblog on that page as well.