The Daily Show took to task some of the Senate's top brass for
opposing the proposed reversal of the military's ban on openly gay
service members. In true Daily Show fashion, this included a 2006 clip of Senator John McCain acknowledging his willingness to listen to military leaders on "don't ask, don't tell."
"The day that the leadership of the military comes to me, and says, 'Senator, we ought to change the policy,' then I think we ought to seriously think about changing the policy," McCain said in the archival footage.
However, at the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, at which top military leaders endorsed such change, McCain sang a different tune: "At this moment of immense hardship for our armed services, we should not be seeking to overturn the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy."
Daily Show correspondent John Oliver says that because McCain is 73 years old, he probably simply forgot what he said.
"I think it's time we stop letting old people serve in the Senate," he said, adding that the change would be all about Senate cohesion, since senators work in such close quarters.