Jimmy Zuma

Jimmy Zuma
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August 01
After ten years haunting online political forums and much longer as a disability rights advocate, Jimmy Zuma started the online political journal, Smart v. Stupid. Since then, he has emerged as one of the left’s most direct new voices. Almost immediately, Jimmy was offered the opportunity to join the political team at Technorati where he writes DC Water Cooler, a weekly feature on what the politicians and pundits are talking about. Most recently, his columns began appearing in the Tucson Sentinel in Tucson Arizona. He is also an occasional contributor to OpEd News. Jimmy's goal is to return vetting to the marketplace of ideas, by elevating the status of smart ideas and debunking dumb ones.

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DECEMBER 3, 2010 8:17AM

John McCain is the biggest sissy in the Senate

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Dirty Dealing on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

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Make no mistake, the recent Republican pronouncement (they will only deal with budget and tax-cut extensions over the next month) is aimed to run out the clock on the repeal of Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell and other legislation. This is an attempt to take an end run around popular opinion now that “studying it to death” has failed. They’re simply hiding what they are up to.

The repeal of Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell is now overwhelmingly supported by citizens, military members and, anyone who values the principle that all men and women are equal. No matter where you stand on it, though, you ought to be concerned about the deception. Republican’s latest gridlock attempt – coming just one day after they claimed they’d quit it – continues the tactic of claiming one thing while doing another. In a shockingly cowardly approach, they want to filibuster repeal while pretending not to.

Among Republicans, perhaps no member is more of a sissy than John McCain. (He may have shown some stones 40 years ago, but not for a good long time.) McCain definitively proved his cowardice when he recruited Sarah Palin – at risk to the nation – in a rapacious attempt to salvage his failed presidential campaign. Further evidence arrived during his recent senatorial campaign, when he threw Arizona Hispanics (and Arizona’s largest trading partner) squarely under the campaign bus. It turns out “Maverick John” is really “Panderer John.”

Senator McCain engages in senseless and spineless logic, first hiding behind the troops and claiming he’d support repeal of DADT if they did. “My opinion is shaped by the view of the leaders of the military,” he had said. Then this week, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Mike Mullen testified before the Senate Armed Service Committee, “Repeal of the law will not prove unacceptable risk to military readiness. Unit cohesion will not suffer if our units are well-led. And families will not encourage their loved ones to leave the service in droves.” In short, “We’re not cowards.” At that moment, McCain looked like he had indigestion.

Now that “survey says” uniforms overwhelmingly support repeal, Senator McCain has called for another study. He specifically dismissed the testimony of Admiral Mullen as not relevant. McCain’s latest pivot goes like this, “What I want to know, and what it is the Congress’s duty to determine, is not can our armed forces implement a repeal of this law, but whether the law should be repealed.” Discrimination adds nothing and costs something. Ending discrimination costs nothing and adds something. What’s the conundrum here, John? A squirmy McCain is simply trying to prop up the illusion that he is a brave man while fleeing in panic from a drill-field phalanx of relentless, creeping gayness.

Repeal of Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell does have one small cultural effect. Open service by all Americans will drive a small wedge of diversity into a military culture that’s been increasingly co-opted by conservatives and evangelicals. But even that aspect is far detached from this decision. And judging from the military survey that cat is already out of the bag. Most soldiers have said they’ve already served with gay co-workers. Almost all who did said they don’t mind. The DADT of today is really “Don’t ask; don’t let the old-fart-in-charge find out.” It is long past time for the military to muster out this 1950’s-era “morality.”

Men and women who are now serving have no cowardice about serving with gay men and lesbians. Gay men and lesbian women certainly harbor no cowardice – or even reluctance – about serving. They’ve offered up life and limb as evidence of their bravery and patriotism. The only cowards in the room seem to be John McCain and his party. They’re afraid to find out that a gay man can be as good or better a soldier than a straight one. McCain is afraid we’ll learn that gay men are brave and strong and capable. He imagines that brave gay men will undermine the confidence of brave straight men. How queer.

Don’t be scared, John. Man up. If a gay man is braver, stronger, or better than you, that doesn’t mean you’re a sissy. Being afraid to let him show his mettle – and compete equally with you for the label of hero – is what makes you a pansy.

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McCain didn't show his stones, he crashed his third plane. If he hadn't been the privileged son of an Admiral looking for a fast promotion he would have never been allowed in combat but would have been grounded after nearly destroying the USS Forestal. He had to leave the Navy because he had peaked promotion wise due to his lack of leadership ability. He then abandon his wife and children for his wealthy mistress who bought his way into congress, tried to buy his way into the White House and continues to fund his life.

McCain is a wimp doing what the GOP demands. Just like the other "great leaders" of the conservative element he never had stones.
Yep yep yep. I'm so glad somebody is willing to say it out loud. Thank you Jimmy Zuma. Rated.
J-, No kidding. Check out Jon Stewart's send-up last night of McCain's testimony? Priceless. /r/
Very, very good! McCain is the biggest fraud of the last half-century. He was a media creation as the "maverick" which was always false. He is an opportunist, a hypocrite and an anti-government crusader who has never had a job outside of the government in his life. He divorced his wife who had been injured in a car accident to marry a rich guy's daughter which shows his callousness and selfishness. He is the original "daddy's boy" who would have been kicked out of the military without his name. He is no hero; just a zero. He is a heartless jerk and I agree at total wimp. To think that he actually could have become President is horrifying. Disappear McCain--your myth is over.
And I have to live with him as Senator for 4 more years! I was going to call him a flip-flopper, but you said it best - he's a WIMP! (I prefer that word over sissy)
Excellent comment on McCain. It totally reinforces the fake maverick stance of the Senator that was exposed in the Rolling Stone profile in 2008, "Make believe maverick" and if you haven't read it , here it is :
Can't add anything to this. The idea that McCain had a backbone evaporated as soon as he began seeking the Republican nomination became evident. His pandering on DADT is beyond pathetic.
Couldn't believe your headline. But when I see trash you've collected in the comments, it's all very clear.

Another example of how OS will EP and FP whatever meretritious garbage is submitted that features the name of a prominent, successful, and, in the case of your target, heroic conservative.
If there is only one good thing about the economic collapse a couple of years ago is that it was the final nail in the coffin of John McCain's Presidential campaign. I'm not too crazy about Obama's decisions lately, but can you imagine what life would be like with McCain and Palin in the White House right now? Just the thought is more than I can bare.
Of Course Palin may have quit by now claiming that being VP is too hard on her family, but ol' John would still be there flip-flopping like a fish in the bottom of a canoe. His hysteria over DADT, whether real or fake, is a pathetic spectacle to witness.
It leads me to believe that it wasn't his leadership that helped him survive Vietnam, but his stubbornness.
ocularnervosa, McCain didn't start the Forrestal fire; rather, a missile launcher on another aircraft sitting elsewhere on the flight deck malfunctioned, and fired a missile which hit McCain's aircraft (he was in the cockpit) starting the fire. It's a wonder the Senator wasn't killed when his aircraft's fuel tanks exploded.
I served on a Navy submarine in the 1970s as an enlisted sailor, and then in Iraq in 2006 as a mobilized naval reserve officer. I am absolutely sure that one or more of my shipmates were gay during both periods. They carried their share of the load like anyone else.
I guess all I have to say about all of this is that in my opinion, the civilians should make this decision, not the generals. Civilian control of the military is vitally important, even when we dislike the result.
Hell hath no fury like an old man scorned. If John McCain can't be president, someone is going to suffer for it.

I think the Daily Show had a great take on this. This will be McCain's legacy. Clips of him pretending to be against repeal will become part of every documentary on the history of gay rights. These images will live on long after he's dead.

I enjoyed this, by the way:


@Gordon Osmond:

John McCain proved that he was tough as a nail during his time as a prisoner in Vietnam, and I don't think anyone disputes that. But does that excuse him for being a dick today? I don't even think the man is really bigoted against gays (he didn't seem to have a problem with them before 2008). He just does this to spite the man who beat him.

A hero? Not anymore.
I think a lot of this is generational with McCain, and then some people for whatever reason, and this McCain I think is about too, feel more strongly uncomforable for some reason about homosexuality, like a very strong aversion, maybe not rational, but it is there.
It also seemed like Gates made a very important counter-argument about not letting troops vote in effect on this, as that would undermine civil control over the military, and that is not a trivial consideration with a professional armed force with a large empire.
Seems to me our President - aka the Commander in Chief (aka Barack Obama, if you were unaware) could end this madness with a simple Executive Order. But he, in his ridiculous, inexorable delusion that conservatives will work with him, will never do such a thing.

Harry Truman must be spinning in his grave.
That Rolling Stone article sure stripped the gloss off McCain. I see him as a deeply flawed, mediocre, well-connected, crafty, misguided opportunist who has incidentally taken some decent positions for short periods.
McCain is a hypocritical, bigoted dick from an extremely privileged military background- son and grandson of admirals. Growing up, he never lived a normal civilian life, and careerwise, never has experienced life outside of the public trough.

He's no maverick, just an ace self promoter and panderer to the lunatic fringe, because that's who has the power in the Republican party. He lost whatever honour he had when he became their rent boy mouthpiece and foisted Sarah Palin upon America.
John McCain died in South Carolina in the 2000 primary. He was replaced by a body double who studied under Glenn Beck. My proof? He picked Palin -- nuff said.
The DADT survey results are not as positive as they are made out to be. Take, for example, question 71, asked of service members "with combat deployment experience since September 11, 2001." The question is "If Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is repealed and you are working with a Service member in your immediate unit who has said he or she is gay or lesbian, how, if at all, would it affect your immediate unit’s effectiveness at completing its mission in a field environment or out at sea."

Here's the results:

Very positive/positive: 11.4%
Equally positive and negative: 25.8%
No effect: 18.6%
Very negative/negative: 44.3%

Basically, close to half of the respondents -- people with combat experience -- say that the repeal would have a negative or very negative effect in combat situations.

Around 26 percent wouldn't want to share shower facilities with homosexuals. 28 percent wouldn't want to share living quarters. 27 percent said it would negatively impact their willingness to recommend military service to others. Almost 24 percent would either leave or think about leaving the military sooner than planned. (Only 3.5 percent would stay or think about staying longer than planned.) Almost 28 percent said it would negatively or very negatively affect their morale. In the Marines, almost 60 percent said it would negatively or very negatively affect effectiveness and trust.

In other words, if you read through the actual details of the survey, it is not quite the happy face that is being presented in the media.
92% of respondents whos had worked with a gay service member had very good, good or neutral feelings about that service member. This is the number one gets when guessing the future is taken out of the question format.

However this post is about John McCain's dishonesty regarding his position. It's not really about whether an issue of equal rights should be decided by committee.