McCain Defends Obama

When Barack Obama set out to court John McCain post-election, it seemed to me that the goodwill between the two could be fleeting -- not much lasting beyond a photo op, not anything like, say, the post-election relationship between FDR and Wendell Willkie. But apparently between the reaching out and the nomination of Bob Gates, whom McCain would have likely nominated as well, Obama has earned somewhat of an ally in McCain. Here's Mike Allen:

In a surprising rebuke to the warriors who fought for him through tough times, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday sided with President-elect Barack Obama and scolded the Republican National Committee for fanning the Illinois corruption scandal.

On ABC's "This Week," host George Stephanopoulos asked: "The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Mike Duncan, has been highly critical of the way President- elect Obama has dealt with this.

"He's had a statement every single day, saying that the Obama team should reveal all contacts they've had with Governor [Rod] Blagojevich. He says that Obama's promise of transparency to the American people is now being tested. Do you agree with that?"

McCain replied: "I think that the Obama campaign should and will give all information necessary. You know, in all due respect to the Republican National Committee and anybody -- right now, I think we should try to be working constructively together, not only on an issue such as this, but on the economy stimulus package, reforms that are necessary. And so, I don't know all the details of the relationship between President-elect Obama's campaign or his people and the governor of Illinois, but I have some confidence that all the information will come out. It always does, it seems to me."

It's still not clear to me that this actually heralds a coming period of partnership between Obama and McCain, one in which the latter helps forward the former's agenda on Capitol Hill. Yet it is a potentially positive sign, and certainly an interesting and even surprising one, to see McCain come so quickly and conspicuously to Obama's aid.

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words in a shop window

Every morning on my walk to the bus, I pass the windows of a shop called Bazar.  They sell imports, womens' clothing, shoes, etc.  I often look at the dresses on display with an eye for something my wife would like me to surprise her with.  They often have some posters for bands or performances that I assume the owner fancies.

However, in addition to their normal offerings for eye-candy, they offered something to reflect Barack Obama's election.  Entitled "an historic night" it was several large swaths of white paper hanging in the windows.  The hangings, read from left to right were one-line capsules of events, ideas, statements and thoughts from the beginning of the campaign up to election night.

It was and (is still) a moving experience to see the journey, laid out like a string of moments all in a row.  I had forgotten how some of the moments, victories and losses related to each of the ones that preceded or followed.  Some of them, I had forgotten altogether.

(Cross posted at The National Gadfly)

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Joe The Plumber: McCain Made Me "Feel Dirty"

This is hilarious. "Joe the Plumber," currently on what I guess is sort of a pre-book release tour (his "Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream" comes out later this month,) appears to be throwing John McCain under the Straight Talk Express. On Glenn Beck recently, Wurzelbacher had some choice words about the man who cynically and cringe-inducingly made him famous.

"I honestly felt even more dirty after I had been on the campaign trail and seen some things that take place. It was scary, man," Wurzelbacher said. He told Beck he asked McCain "some pretty direct questions" about the bailout, and wasn't pleased with the response. "They appalled me, absolutely. You know, I was angry. In fact, I wanted to get off the bus after I talked to him."

The reason he didn't jump off the bus? Well, turns out he felt McCain was the lesser of two evils. And hey, can you really blame Joe? The guy had a book deal and a fledgling country music career to nurture.

But as surprisingly sober, discerning anad dare I say reality-based as Joe's up close take on McCain appears to be, it looks like those qualities didn't translate to his opinion of Sarah Palin.

You know, I only got to spend a short amount of time with her but, you know, it was been asked if I felt any presence when I was with John McCain or Barack Obama. You know, with Sarah Palin, I don't want to say I felt a presence but she definitely had energy and she definitely went to work for American people...It's just, you know, she really wants to work for America and I mean, I wish people would listen to her and let them, and let her work for us. You know, she wants to serve us. She's not looking for power.

Umm, really? Say it ain't so, Joe.

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Finally, the election is over

McCain officially has won Missouri, so all the electoral votes are duly assigned to the two candidates for president.  McCain led Obama by 4,355 votes, and even though there are still 3,159 provisional ballots to canvass, there is no way that Obama can overcome McCain's lead in the Show Me State.

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What will Monday mean?

After revealing that Obama and Hillary Clinton have met to discuss the Secretary of State position, the change team let out this release today:

"On Monday, President-elect Barack Obama and Senator John McCain will meet in Chicago at transition headquarters. It's well known that they share an important belief that Americans want and deserve a more effective and efficient government, and will discuss ways to work together to make that a reality. They will be joined in the meeting by Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Rahm Emanuel."
Is there a cabinet position in play here? Is there some other kind of involvement that Obama will offer McCain in the Administration?

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