Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Brody's Notes... Washington Post Columnist Jonathan Capehart On John McCain Battling DADT Repeal: Why Is He Doing This?

Jonathan Capehart   Photo By The Washington Post
By Brody Levesque (Washington DC) NOV 17 | Appearing yesterday on Dylan Ratigan's MSNBC programme in the 'The Daily Rant' segment,  Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart pondered the continuing efforts by Arizona Senator John McCain (R) to block movement in the Senate on ending the "Don't Ask-Don't Tell" policy.
Capehart had written in his daily column Monday:
"The senator is clinging to his opposition to repealing the ban on gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military. There he was on "Meet The Press" yesterday hammering away at his new talking point: the need for yet another report on the "effects" of repeal on battle effectiveness and morale."
Capehart added that in an e-mail from Aaron Belkin, the director of the Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Belkin had written:
"He's doing what anti-gay activists have done for decades, which is that when they don't like the evidence, they just turn it upside down,"Twenty two studies, including military studies, have found that gays don't hurt the military. The forthcoming DOD study is #23."
Capehart notes "The time for studying is over. It's time to end don't ask don't tell."