Once considered a voice of some optimism in the Republican Party for repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", Sen. John McCain has been determined to fight repeal until the bitter end.
"Today is a very sad day," said the four-term incumbent before the historic vote. "I'm aware this vote will probably pass the lame duck-session. And there will be high-fives all over the liberal bastions across America and on cable news programs ... most by people who have never served or known anyone who has. I hope that when we pass this legislation that we will understand that we are doing great damage."
In 2006, the Arizona Republican had a vastly different position. "The day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, 'Senator, we ought to change the policy,' then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it," he said at the time.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is in favor of gays serving openly in uniform. And the overwhelming majority of troops surveyed said they are not concerned about repeal ... and most knew of fellow troops who were gay and they served with distinction. But as always, McCain and his fellow right-wing ideologues will be on the wrong side of history. Thankfully we won't have to hear their speeches much longer.
Watch the meltdown AFTER THE JUMP ...