He like so many soft-spined Republicans grew weak-kneed and fearful that if they were to do the right thing, they might become the next Rick Santorum, target number one, and possibly lose their precious tenure in the United States Senate.On the Constitutional Amendment to Protect Marriage however his cowardice was particularly hurtful given the state of where the issue was at that time and how it was working it's way through court systems.
Four years ago the case for California was just beginning. McCain was asleep when the voters of California spoke loudly that they did not wish to see marriage be redefined to include whatever discriminatory unions some lobbyist group might be able to get included. With the passage of the citizens' initiative and the curious way the case leap-frogged the California judicial system one would think McCain might have at least figured out that if he just took the traditional view of the matter he'd have 61% of California voters on his side. And it doesn't seem to have changed all that much - a Sacramento television station ran a rapid response poll immediately following last week's decision and found that 63% of their sample was opposed to redefining the term of marriage.
Yet on two occasions when asked to give his viewpoint on the sanctity of the term marriage from the floor of the United States Senate - John McCain used the exact same rationale as Ted Kennedy who spoke only moments before him. The McCain/Kennedy position on marriage was: with the Federal DOMA (defense of marriage act) in place, no state will be subjected to the whims of another state's definition of marriage. Never mind the fact that both Kennedy and McCain seem to be ignoring the idea that the voters of states where judges redefined marriage by fiat have been completely oppressed.
Then after voting against the Constitutional Amendment to Protect Marriage - twice - McCain and Kennedy likely went and enjoyed burgers and martini's together. We won't assume who had which.
Yet it wasn't humorous then, and even less so now.