Conceptual Policymaking

John McCain wouldn’t sit down for an interview with The Washington Blade (DC’s gay and lesbian newspaper) but he was willing to let the paper email his campaign some questions that an aide would answer in writing and then sign McCain’s name to. To his credit he said “I support the concept of non-discrimination in hiring for gay and lesbian people.”

But in much the way that McCain’s mentor, Barry Goldwater, thought that segregation was bad but not nearly so bad as legislation aimed at ending segregation, McCain supports “the concept” of non-discrimination but doesn’t support legislative efforts to prevent discrimination.