February 2, 2009

THE WHITE SHADOW PRESIDENT:

McCain's New Plot (John Avlon, 2/02/09, Daily Beast)

This week, John McCain will take to the floor of the Senate and try to reclaim his role as the leader of the center by pressing for changes to the pork-filled, party-line House stimulus bill—challenging the President to follow through on his bipartisan rhetoric.

"He takes President Obama at his word—that he is open to efforts to make this a better bill," says former McCain campaign manager and confidant Rick Davis.

Despite President Obama's personal outreach to McCain, including an unprecedented Inauguration Eve honorary dinner, there is every indication that the Arizona senator is not in a “go-along, get-along” mood (especially after the Cardinals lost the Super Bowl.) As McCain himself said Friday, "This bill was written by Democrats and without real or any impactful Republican input. It's not the right way to start."

McCain's continued high profile is unusual for former presidential nominees.


One might be tempted to say that at least on federal appointments Mr. Obama is more important than Mr. McCain, but the reality is that if Maverick decided to filibuster a nominee that pick would go down.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 2, 2009 9:30 AM
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