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McCain slams Georgetown in gay debate

Sen. John McCain lit into to Georgetown during a fiery Senate speech criticizing attempts to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The veteran lawmaker said small-town America would pay the price while "the salons of Georgetown and other liberal bastions here around the country" were high-fiving in celebration of the law while "never having served in the military or maybe not even having known someone in the military." During his unsuccessful 2008 run for president, McCain twice made withering references to the sort of people at "Georgetown cocktail parties" in defense of his pick for vice president, Sarah Palin. But Georgetowner Sally Quinn (winner of The Georgetown Dish's award for Literature & Style) said at the time that McCain himself hasn't been a stranger on the Georgetown party circuit. "I've sat next to him many times at dinner parties in Georgetown," Quinn told the Washington Post. "He's an absolutely delightful dinner partner."

The full text of McCain's Georgetown reference follows the video... "I'm aware that this vote will probably pass today in a lame duck session. There will be high fives all over the liberal bastions of America. And we'll see on the talk shows tomorrow a bunch of people talking about how great it is, most of them never having served in the military or maybe not even having known someone in the military...and you know, we'll repeal it. And all over America they'll be gold stars put up in windows in the rural towns and communities all over America, that don't partake in the elite schools that bar military recruiters from campus, that don't partake in the salons of Georgetown and other liberal bastions here around the country. But they'll be additional sacrifice. I hear that from master seargents, I hear that from junior officers, I hear that from leaders." -- Sen. John McCain