The Kansas City Star prime buzz links to Dave Catanese at KY3 citing a Boston Globe article from February 2009 which happens to mention that Claire McCaskill (D) is “sitting on the fence” when it comes to changing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Skelton A Potential Hurdle to Overturning “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
…AND: Midwestern Dems Could Be A Problem…
The Boston Globe article:
Obama seeks assessment on gays in military
No rush to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’
By Bryan Bender
Globe Staff / February 1, 2009
…Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts and a senior member of the Armed Service Committee, is preparing to introduce legislation to lift the ban, but not until he can get a Republican co-sponsor, according to a congressional aide. The aide said Kennedy’s office is lobbying several GOP colleagues to join him, including Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, John McCain of Arizona, and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. Some powerful members of his own party also appear unconvinced.
“I still think we have significant issues with a lot of the Midwestern Democrats being on the fence,” the aide said, adding that some Democratic senators are considered “shaky.” Some of those include Evan Bayh of Indiana, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Ben Nelson of Nebraska – all representing states with significant conservative constituencies. All three declined to provide their views…
I don’t think so. Doesn’t anybody do any basic research anymore? There’s a really neat thing on the Internets that’s really easy to use, it’s called teh Google:
A Google Search on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and “Claire McCaskill”. Well, look what pops up.
Senator Claire McCaskill (D) in December 2008:
…Question: Hi, I just have a quick question, my name is Sarah…about the military. Two years ago when you were on Hardball with Chris –
Claire McCaskill: I know what you’re going to say! Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell!
Question: Yeah. I want to know, two years later, especially with the support of Barack Obama in reevaluating Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and recent document signed by 104 Generals and Admirals, if you have rethought your position on reevaluating Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Claire McCaskill: I think you will see action on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. And, I think that – I think we’re to the point that people realize that that is a probably irrelevant consideration. And as I said to a general the other day, “I wish you guys were as worried about the problems you have in the military in terms of-” I’ve been very involved in looking at sexual assault issues that women have had in the military. And there has been an incredible problem of women being sexually assaulted in the military and us not dealing with it. Not with the right mental health provisions, not with the right criminal consequences provisions, and I think there is now, you know as time goes on, I think you are seeing adjustments, even within the military that I think, it has a very good chance of passing this time, if we, if he changes the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and I’ll be happy to support it. And my daughter, the one that talked me into voting, publicly endorsing Barack Obama, will be so glad that I’ve said that publicly. [audience laughter][applause] She bugs me constantly about it! Constantly! I will just be sitting at my desk, in the Senate, and I’ll get a text message, in all capital letters, “WHAT ABOUT DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL?” Exclamation, exclamation, exclamation. So Maddie will be glad you asked the question. Yes…
“…if he changes the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and I’ll be happy to support it…”
I was there, this is from a recording which we transcribed, it is in English, and it sounds and reads like support to me. The word “support” would usually indicate that someone isn’t sitting, you know, on the fence.
What’s the matter Dave, too busy uploading video to worry about actual text?