Beltway Finally Realizing McCain Isn't Bipartisan

Earlier this week I noted that John McCain was failing to live up to his image (however false it is) of bipartisanship by waffling over the Sonia Sotomayor, the most experienced nominee for the Supreme Court in nearly a century. With McCain no longer waffling, and actually outright opposing her nomination, it looks like the Beltway media is finally beginning to catch on.

McCain's no votes on Sebelius and Sotomayor appear to be head-scratchers to many in Washington, since he preaches bipartisanship and the idea of giving deference to a president.

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Speaking of, here's a line from a speech McCain delivered last year, per NBC's Chris Donovan: "When President Bill Clinton nominated Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsberg to serve on the high court, I voted for their confirmation, as did all but a few of my fellow Republicans. Why? For the simple reason that the nominees were qualified, and it would have been petty, and partisan, and disingenuous to insist otherwise. Those nominees represented the considered judgment of the president of the United States. And under our Constitution, it is the president's call to make... It is part of the discipline of democracy to respect the roles and responsibilities of each branch of government, and, above all, to respect the verdicts of elections and judgment of the people. Had we forgotten this in the Senate, we would have been guilty of the very thing that many federal judges do when they overreach, and usurp power, and betray their trust."

With even the ultra-conservative Pat Toomey supporting the Sotomayor nomination, the extremism and outright partisanship inherent in McCain's positioning is readily apparent.

Tags: Bipartisanship, John McCain, Sonia Sotomayor (all tags)

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15 Comments

Re: Beltway Finally power of denial

I hope those who wondered which one to vote for will finally see that they are not the same at all.  

by anna shane 2009-08-04 04:30PM | 0 recs
it's probably personal

McCain seemed to really develop a personal dislike for Obama over the course of the campaign, and seems quite capable of clinging to a grudge.

by JJE 2009-08-04 07:47PM | 0 recs
Re: McCain is criticizing Obam's pick

for SC?

What a complete idiot! This is the bonehead who picked what's-her-name for Veep after a 45 minute conversation?

Why should we care what that miserable old geezer thinks about anything?

by QTG 2009-08-04 08:27PM | 0 recs
Re: McCain is criticizing Obam's pick

I couldn't agree more and I am especially fed up with the "fawning" MSM dragging that old fart on every Sunday for the Talking Head shows. Since when did we really care what the LOOSER in the last Election has to say.

by Bob Moon 2009-08-05 05:38PM | 0 recs
Re: Beltway Finally Realizing McCain

McCain is worried about a primary from the right.  Word from the locals is that he's so concerned that he's actually providing constituent services.

by Steve M 2009-08-04 08:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Beltway Finally Realizing McCain Isn't Biparti

His a bitter old man with serious self esteem issues.

by jsfox 2009-08-04 08:54PM | 0 recs
Re: His self esteem issues

 go back to his youth, and are entirely reasonable.

by QTG 2009-08-05 04:21AM | 0 recs
Re: Beltway Finally Realizing McCain Isn't

Give me one good reason why McCain should play nice with anybody at this point.

He did the bipartisan thing.  He did the let's make a deal thing.  He did the friendly-with-the-media thing.  What good did it do him or anybody else?  Absolutely none.

Did it save him from being painted as a philanderer in 2000?

Did it save him in 2008 from from the sickest campaign of ageism in the last 30 years?

John McCain should be playing rough.  He should have been doing it 20 years ago.

by SuperCameron 2009-08-05 06:18AM | 0 recs
Re: I agree

that McCain should do what he has always been well known to do: grouse, whine, and lash out. He will always have the good will of people who remember his POW experience, and will never pay for a drink. He landed a truly wealthy wife who apparently loves him. He is insulted from the Right much more viciously than he is from anywhere else on the spectrum. I think he;s venal and vindictive, and his trouncing in the election for the office he wanted for so many years to participate in was much fairer than the primary election assassination he experienced in 2000.

He's a footnote. That's the cruelest fate he could ever suffer. His bitterness seems a permanent affliction.

by QTG 2009-08-05 10:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Beltway Finally Realizing McCain

McCain has to keep his nose in Joe Arpaio's behind.

by Bob H 2009-08-05 12:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Finalling realizing McCain shannagans.

McCain compromised with the Dems last time around because he had a president from his own party running the show, and he felt that party reform was more important than party unity. Now, with a Democratic president, he is just showing party unity.

by olawakandi 2009-08-06 06:49AM | 0 recs
McCain, what is he up to?

McCain compromised with the Dems last time around because he had a president from his own party running the show, and he felt that party reform was more important than party unity. Now, with a Democratic president, he is just showing party unity.

by olawakandi 2009-08-06 06:50AM | 0 recs
by siteshow 2009-08-10 11:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Beltwat

Sandvik

by siteshow 2009-08-10 11:26PM | 0 recs
by siteshow 2009-08-12 11:56PM | 0 recs

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