John McCain, You Jerk

Presidential candidate John McCain tried his hand at humor on this weekend’ Saturday Night Live. In addition to poking fun at his unbelievable old age, the Republican jabbed at gay rights legislation, via pork barrel appropriations:

…$160 million to the Department of Defense for developing a device that can jam gaydar. Now I don’t know if this is anti-gay, or pro-gay, or if such a device would even work. but I do know this. Jamming gaydar is not a federal responsibility. That’s something that’s best left to state and local governments.

Such a position, however satirical, speaks to McCain’s backward belief that American voters, many of whom are undereducated, have a better understanding of constitutional rights than judges. The audience may have thought the “gaydar” joke a riot, but we found it nauseating, to say the least.