Last night on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart expressed his frustration with John McCain, and recently Cindy McCain, for indefensible flip-flopping over the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT). Cindy McCain, who recently appeared in a PSA speaking out against DADT, reversed her position in a matter of days. But, as Stewart points out, this type of wishy-washy behavior is not new when it comes to her husband John McCain.
First, Stewart showed a clip of McCain in 2006 saying he would consider a repeal when the U.S. military leadership expresses interest. But last spring when military leaders Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen did exactly that, McCain said they also needed to do a year-long study on the effects of a repeal on the troops. Stewart understood exactly:
"It's the 'maverick' way. Spend a year studying whether or not soldiers deserve full civil rights, and a half-an-hour deciding who will be your presidential running mate."
Even when the study was completed and revealed that more than 70% of people in the military are OK with ending the policy, McCain wavered yet again. Stewart got visibly upset when he showed clips of McCain citing everything from needed a slew of hearings to the fact that the wrong kind of study was done, to stall his consideration of a repeal.
This obviously made Stewart upset, but the important thing is that by evaluating Cindy and John McCain's ever-evolving opinions on DADT, Stewart finally understood why they have so many houses:
"They need them to keep all their different beliefs in," he said.
For more, Stewart turned to a PSA made by his "Daily Show" correspondents for John McCain, assuring him that as long as he doesn't consider a repeal of DADT, "it gets worse."