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Gail Collins of the New York Times has finally figured out what happened to the formerly occasionally reasonable John McCain. She revealed the answer in her column this week about the ridiculous display in the Senate in the vote on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

McCain was furious that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was planning to attach the Dream Act to the defense bill that also would include the long overdue repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell. Here’s Dowd’s take.

He had never seen such a thing “for as long as I have been privileged to be a member of this body.” Except that he had, including Republican proposals on everything from allowing people to carry concealed weapons across state lines to banning Internet gambling.

McCain himself once successfully attached a campaign finance reform amendment to a defense appropriations bill, arguing that it was relevant because better campaign finance would give our men and women in uniform more confidence in the democracy they were fighting for. But that was the old John McCain, before he was kidnapped by space aliens and reprogrammed.

Space aliens—that’s as good an explanation as any.


  1. James

    September 23, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Dowd, Collins. They all start to blur.

  2. Chris Fitzsimon

    September 23, 2010 at 9:38 am

    That’s my mind that’s blurry I’m afraid.

  3. […] Top of the morningThe Progressive PulseExcept that he had, including Republican proposals on everything from allowing people to carry concealed weapons across state lines to banning Internet … […]

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