Does McCain Know the Meaning of Bipartisanship?

Over the weekend, John McCain -- who shockingly appeared on a Sunday show yesterday -- opined that Barack Obama has failed in his efforts at bipartisanship. But looking at the real piece of news that the Arizona Senator made during the same interview yesterday, it became yet more clear that McCain does not know the meaning of "bipartisanship."

McCain, appearing on CNN's State of the Union today, says he still is examining Sotomayor's record after the Senate Judiciary Committee sent her to the full Senate on a 13-6 vote - with one of Obama's closest friends in the Senate, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, supporting the president's pick.

Sonia Sotomayor has the longest judicial resume of any Supreme Court nominee in nearly a century, is less liberal than other potential picks by the President, and by and large shares the same judicial philosophy as David Souter, the man she is to replace on the Supreme Court. Sotomayor also has a record of having been nominated and supported in the past not only by Democrats but also by Republicans. Yet McCain, who professes to be the arbiter of what is and what is not bipartisan, can't figure out how he is going to vote on her nomination? If McCain doesn't know whether he can support a supremely qualified and able nominee who is in many ways an exemplar of bipartisanship, it's not totally clear that McCain understands the meaning of the term.

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Senator M.C. Escher

On Cheney's covert CIA program:

MR. GREGORY:  Should there be an investigation, do you think?

SEN. McCAIN:  I don't know if--first of all, I'd like to know the facts of the case before there should be an, "an investigation."

MR. GREGORY:  Mm-hmm.

SEN. McCAIN:  How long did, did the director of the CIA know about this program and when did he terminate it?  And all of these things are going to, are probably going to be heavily discussed in the weeks ahead.

If only some sort of process existed that could uncover facts through a series of cumulative inquiries...

Oh well.

And the softball sails right past David Gregory, of course...

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Cheney, Gingrich and McCain: The Faces of the GOP

Marc Ambinder makes an interesting catch:

What Rebranding? Part XVIII

Appearing on the Sunday shows on behalf of the Great Opposition Party:  John McCain (This Week), Newt Gingrich (Fox News Sunday), Dick Cheney (Face The Nation.)  All will be asked if the Republican Party needs to rebrand itself. All will give some version of the same answer: if we just lived up to our values, the American people would pay attention to us. Actually, that's not fair to Gingrich, who seems to understand that the third leg of the GOP stool can only be attached if Republicans figure out a way to offer a meaningful alternative route to universal health care and solutions for the alienated middle class. Still... kind of dovetails with the Democratic message du jour, which is that Republicans can't find new faces to put on TV.  

The current leadership of the Republican Party is pretty abysmal, overseeing the loss of 15 seats in the Senate, several dozen seats in the House, six Governorships, and significant numbers of state legislative seats all around the country. I suppose the Republicans have a number of options for addressing this awful trajectory, including looking backward. But does it really make sense to turn to Dick Cheney, who favorability rating has clocked in south of 20 percent in the two most recent national polls; or to Newt Gingrich, whose favorability rating hovers below 30 percent, perhaps even in the teens as well? At least in John McCain the Republicans have someone with a favorability rating of 42 percent, according to the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. But still, this is the best foot the GOP can put forward?

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Weekly Immigration Wire: Binghamton Shootings Impact all Sides of Debate

by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger

Last Friday, 13 people were killed at the American Civic Association in Binghamton, New York. The event shocked the nation and was "the worst mass shooting in the United States since the 2007 massacre at the Virginia Tech college," as New America Media reports. Because the violence erupted at an immigrant service center, the immigrant community has been especially affected, and immigration opponents are predictably using the tragedy to justify, or at least voice, their vitriol toward the undocumented population.

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Earmarks No Good? Tell That to Janesville, Wisc

From today's State Journal: "U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl D-Wis., added $951,000 to the federal Omnibus Appropriations Bill for Black hawk Technical College to provide job training and placement services for former employees of General Motors in Janesville and it supplier companies."

The horror ... because the job training and placement services are an earmark, according to Wisconsin's Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Middleton) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) and of-course the ever-foolish John McCain.

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