CBS News notes the not so-straight talk from the guy who drove around on a bus called the Straight Talk Express
As the Washington Post notes [noted first by AMERICAblog], McCain said then that “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.”
Tuesday seemed to be that very day, yet McCain voiced a continued strong opposition to repeal.
McCain communications director Brooke Buchanan said McCain’s posture did not amount to a shift in position, arguing that Mullen was speaking for himself and that Gates was simply towing the Obama administration’s line.
“One person, speaking individually, not on behalf of the Navy at all, is not going to change Senator McCain’s position,” she told the Post. “There has to be a determination from our military leaders that they think it is a good idea to change the policy. Then of course Senator McCain will listen to them.”
Apparently, Admiral Mullen isn’t enough of a military leader for McCain and his staff.
One of the best moments of the hearing was when Sen. Tom Udall (D-CO) reminded everyone about the words of former Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, considered McCain’s mentor, that “You don’t have to be straight to shoot straight”:
It was a great zing at McCain who seemed unusually cranky and nasty even for McCain.