Fred Kaplan at Slate: "The evidence, the polling data of service men and women, the testimony of senior officers, the everyday experiences of living and fighting, the imperatives of national security, as well as the obvious moral standards of contemporary life—all point to, at the very least, a shift in the burden of proof on whether DADT should be repealed. It's no longer valid, and it's clearly a pretense, to call for further studies, further surveys, closer questioning. If McCain and the others oppose repeal, they have to come up with some new reason—or fall back on the oldest, most unpalatable reason—why."
It's clear that McCain will continue to oppose the repeal of DADT. That's his right. But in doing so, he's probably cementing his legacy as the Strom Thurmond of gay civil rights.