They’re good. John McCain has been politicizing the Defense bill for months in an effort to convince Arizona voters that he really is a conservative Republican. And now that we’re a little more than a month away from the election, the entire GOP is trying to bring down the defense bill in order to score political points by hurting Latinos and gays. Incredibly, the Republicans are now claiming, after all that, that it’s Democrats who are politicizing the Defense bill a month before the election.
In fact, the military’s gay ban was included in the defense bill the first time around, back in 1993. That’s where “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” actually resides. Any effort to remove the ban has to be in the defense bill. John McCain knows that. So does Mitch McConnell. But both are willing to lie to the American people in order to score political points on the backs of our soldiers.
The only remaining question is whether Susan Collins and Scott Brown, who both voted for the Defense Bill in committee, will now flip-flop, in the face of pressure from Mitch McConnell, and support this outrageous filibuster.