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“While I believe the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy will be repealed someday, and probably should be repealed in the near future, I do not support its repeal at this time,” Manchin said in the statement. “I truly understand that my position will anger those who believe repeal should happen now and for that I sincerely apologize. While I am very sympathetic to those who passionately support the repeal, as a Senator of just three weeks, I have not had the opportunity to visit and hear the full range of viewpoints from the citizens of West Virginia.”

It probably should be repealed very soon, but Manchin doesn’t want to do it himself. This is probably a procedural thing. Just as Harry Reid usually votes against cloture so that he can bring it to a vote again, Joe Manchin votes against gay cloture so that he doesn’t turn gay and can turn gay later if he thinks the Senate has the votes. (If the Senate repeals DADT, they will all immediately turn gay and contract cooties. Those who have already voted for cloture on it are now gay.)

In terms of Obama’s morals, this proves he is weak. [The Hill]

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  • SayItWithWookies

    Manchin has very strong principles — he just doesn't know what they are yet.

    • V572625694

      Sir: a fine stroke. You have nailed him to the wall.

      Man-Chin makes WALNUTS! seemed principled on this topic — he at least claimed offered a reason (we can't afford equal rights), however preposterous and feral it might be.

    • BerkeleyBear

      He's extremely dedicated – to what I have no idea.

      Back to school, a fine Rodney Dangerfield commentary on higher education (and the best cinematic work of Sam Kinneson).

  • obfuscator2

    just the kind of decisive take-charge leadership the people are yearning for!

  • MistaEko

    Manchin is following the proven tack of Homer Simpson's "Can't Someone Else Do It?" campaign.

    • el_donaldo

      "Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals. Except the weasel." And Joe Manchin.

  • He believes that DADT should be repealed someday, and also believes in the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus and the Smoke Monster.

    I, on the other hand, believe he's a dick.

    • ttommyunger

      And I, for one, agree.

  • horsedreamer_1

    Translation: the queer-smearers will yell louder over repeal than the queers will cheer for same, so I voted for the status quo. I don't need a bunch of Angry Caucasians on my back.

    • BerkeleyBear

      You ever been run over by a herd of Rascals? Those things hurt!

  • BaldarTFlagass

    As part of the senatorial hazing process, the sitting senators customarily give the freshmen demeaning nicknames. Manchin simply doesn't want to spend his Senate career with the sobriquet "Senator Ballsonchin."

  • Amaravilha

    The conversation "so, gays? military? whaddya think" must not have come up when Manchin was, you know, visiting and hearing "the full range of viewpoints from the citizens" of the same state when he was Governor for five years, or, you know, campaigning.

    I understand it's a very big state.

    • One of the 41 largest, in fact!

  • MoeDeLawn

    He's only lived in WV since 1947 (according to his birf cert). He's only been a senator for three weeks. How's he spoda know the breadth and depth of West Virginian opinion in that little time? Needs moar study.

    • NorthStarSpanx

      At least he has the excuse of being new to this "good of the country" thing, John McCain has been delaying and postponing his support of this with every procedural gauntlet he's thrown in the repeal's way.

  • LionelHutzEsq

    I'm glad to see that Sen. Manchin is upholding the long standing tradition of concise, logical thinking that West Virgina and Robert Bird in his 90s were known for.

    • Negropolis

      Fuck, man. Ouch!

  • Extemporanus

    "I am Elmer J. Fudd, closeted gay Republican millionaire. I own a Manchin and a Lott."

  • Frost/Nixon/Robocop

    I'm sure someone less lazy than me can find a clip of Manchin saying, "I've traveled the length and breadth of this state and talked to ordinary West Virginians" during at least one of his statewide campaigns. What was he talking about? NASCAR? BabyJesus? Mountaineers/drinking beers? Not the issues, apparently.

    • kingizzle

      I'm certainly hoping you're not going the route of stereotyping a whole state. Because that would make you an ass.

    • LetUsBray

      Well, talking about issues is, you know, kinda gay.

  • he might have only been senator for 3 wks, but judging by that hollow, bullshit rhetoric, it's like he's been there for years.

  • Not_So_Much

    So he's been the WV Governor since 2005, but hasn't a fucking clue what the people there think? Also, he thinks it should be repealed, but not now.

    What a steaming pantload of spineless goo this guy turned out to be. Clearly headed for a leadership position within the Dem caucus.

    • He's not such a tough guy when you take away his gun, is he?

  • lilblacktombo

    If some variation of the phrase "Obama is morally weak" doesn't continue to appear here in every article through the end of the year, I will be sorely disappointed, thus proving Obama is morally weak.

  • Gay cloture–sounds kinky.

    Must be that new form of erotic asphyxiation.

  • chascates

    The full range of viewpoints of the citizens of West Virginia were, and probably still are, against the emancipation of blacks as well.

    • kingizzle

      Oh yeah, because stereotyping an entire group of people has nothing to do with stereotyping homosexuals. Way to show your hypocrisy.

  • His big concern is that after the military, gays will want to serve openly in the WV coal mines. He's worried it will affect our readiness to blow the tops off of mountains, and that the straight miners will not like working side-by-side with gheys in a dank, dark space. Why, the metaphor alone makes them uncomfortable.

  • EdFlintstone

    I think he's just channeling his inner Admiral Stockdale.

  • WVAirborneDaddy

    From a combat veteran that has served his country and state honorably, I am proud to say that you did the right thing Senator Manchin.

  • WVAirborneDaddy

    The fact is the chiefs of the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force do not support an immediate repeal of DADT also, 58% of troops polled said repealing DADT would hurt morale and would negatively affect their team's ability to work together. Many combat soldiers said they would not be able to trust an openly gay colleague.

  • WVAirborneDaddy

    Is that the type of added stress gay rights groups want to put on our troops in combat just to force their agenda on the heterosexuals? The DADT policy simply means the military won’t ask your sexual orientation and that troops won’t tell their sexual orientation. That’s it…it doesn’t say you can’t serve. What it says is that you can’t go around holding hands after formation or kissing in the chow line but that’s not good enough for homosexuals is it Joe?

  • WVAirborneDaddy

    They have to flaunt their sexually deviant behavior for all to see. Bottom line is that God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve! What they do behind closed doors is their business but the homosexual community needs to listen to the MAJORITY of the people in this great nation and this great state when WE say leave DADT the way it is and keep your twisted, deviant behavior to yourselves.

  • Well that seems appropriate since most West Virginians have no idea why they voted for him other than they recognized his name and were sure he wasn't black.

  • Sweet Baby Jesus, The man is one of this countries' leaders.

    Any courage and leadership he had killed by what?

    Greed, stupidity, arrogance or all of the above?

  • mookwrthwilson

    In West Virginia gays in the military are bad, but fucking your relatives? OK!

    • ttommyunger

      Yes, so long as you keep it in the family.

  • Negropolis

    Just remember, we could have gotten John "Laser Sharks!" Raese, who'd have probably put forth a bill for the death of gays by Laser Shark.

    • ShaveTheWhales

      Oh, I haven't forgotten. I'm still hoping Manchin will be "mostly harmless", but still, sweet fucking Jesus, does he have to make it so obvious he's a clown?

      • Negropolis

        He can't help it, bless his heart.

        I remember watching Manchin during the Sago Mine disaster back in 2006, and boy if it didn't leave me believing all of what I'd always believed about West Virginia. Dude is dense.

  • ShaveTheWhales

    A quick scan suggests that others have already made this point, but is the "full range of viewpoints of the citizens of West Virginia" likely to be much different, now that he is Senator Man-Chin, to what it was for the five years or whatever he was Governor Man-Chin?

    On a strict sort of scale of logical merit, this one is orders of magnitude worse that "I was for it before I was against it", or however that went.

  • JoeMamased

    It's not that he doesn't have an opinion, he's just gay for West Virginia.

  • DashboardBuddha

    I have never lived in W. Virginia…I have never even BEEN to W. Virginia. However, I bet I can sum up the prevailing opinion towards DADT…

    "Kil teh gheys"

    This guy gives weasels a bad name.

  • ttommyunger

    When asked, Joe also did not know why he eats his own boogers. "Thass just what we'uns all do down here in West, by God, Virginny." he mumbled through his chaw of Red Man, while scratching his sack.

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