Top of the Morning

Top of the morning

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.

3 Comments


  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 … […]

Check Also

Anthony Scaramucci thought HB2 was “shameful”

Anthony Scaramucci, President Trump’s new communications director, was ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

This story has been updated with comments from Jim Womack, who did not respond earlier to questions. [...]

For the 18 months, Gary Brown has been traveling through northeastern North Carolina like an itinera [...]

It will be at least another month before state Superintendent Mark Johnson can take over at the helm [...]

Eric Hall, in the midst of a rainy drive to rural Robeson County to pitch North Carolina’s ambitious [...]

The latest effort in Washington to repeal and not actually replace the Affordable Care Act has a dif [...]

Conservative group “reviewing” bigoted attacks; funding from major NC corporations implicated Nearly [...]

5---number of days since Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham unveiled a new proposal to repeal [...]

The post The stench of hate speech appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more