Is it possible that having lost so many times to both Republicans and Democrats in his drive for the Presidency has simply pushed McCain over the edge? If so, I think it actually happened before this, when he foisted Sarah Palin upon the country two years ago, in what has got to be the worst political move EVER. He'd have probably won if he had picked someone more acceptable to the broad range of Americans.
On Saturday, McCain's rage was all the more striking because the general tone of the debate was tame. Republicans were mostly defensive, objecting not to the service of homosexuals in the military but to procedures and other technical matters. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said of the repeal: "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."
Such tactical arguments made it appear that the opponents were standing against the inevitable tide of history. Lieberman said the repeal would "advance the values that the founders of our country articulated in our original American documents."
In the end, McCain lost eight Republicans as the ban was easily overturned. This wasn't entirely surprising, because Defense Secretary Robert Gates (a Bush administration holdover) and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen both argued passionately for repeal, and a Pentagon study forecast that a repeal would not bring significant harm.
"This is a very sad day," he said on the floor of the Senate. Words he will probably live to regret. Poor John McCain...the bitterest man in Washington.