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What does the overturn of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy tell us about a McCain-Palin White House? Quite a bit. Even when the Gay community thought Obama was just paying their cause lip-service he and his Republican Secretary of Defense were using their respective pulpits to fight for this issue. Even a few Senate Republicans in this not-so-lame duck congress eventually embraced the cause. However, McCain has been the passionate defender of the status quo. Andrew Sullivan summarizes:

Like 2009’s removal of the HIV ban, which was as painstakingly slow but thereby much more entrenched, this process took time. Without the Pentagon study, it wouldn’t have passed. Without Obama keeping Lieberman inside the tent, it wouldn’t have passed. Without the critical relationship between Bob Gates and Obama, it wouldn’t have passed. It worked our last nerve; we faced at one point a true nightmare of nothing … for years. And then we pulled behind this president, making it his victory and the country’s victory, as well as ours.

We also know now what a McCain administration would have done: nothing. The disgraceful bitterness and rancor and irrationality that the Senator has shown these past few months reveal just how important it was to defeat him and his deranged, delusional side-kick in 2008.

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