Saxby Chambliss enjoys wrong side of DADT history
Saxby Chambliss, the senior senator from Georgia who’s never spent a day in the military, enjoyed his Saturday confirming a place on the wrong side of history with Sen. John McCain. During the debate leading up to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Chambliss offered this:
“It does have the potential for increasing the risk of harm and depth to our men and women who are serving in combat today. If, for no other reason, we ought not to repeal this today. Should it be done at some point in time? Maybe so. But in the middle of a military conflict is not the time to do it.”
Gay veteran and Atlanta attorney Jeff Cleghorn, in Washington to watch the debate in person, offered this retort:
“Sen. Chambliss, who has never served in the military, should walk a mile in my shoes.”
Indeed. Maybe Chambliss and his staffers should spend less time hurling anti-gay death threats on office computers and more time following the lead of fellow Southern GOP Sen. Richard Burr, one of eight Republicans who voted for DADT repeal.
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