President Obama has made it clear over the years that he’s not a big fan of Congress. Being a hardline, far left partisan, friends on the other side of the aisle haven’t been easy to come by, until now.
Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, who lost to Obama in 2008, is stepping up to the plate and offering fig leaves of compromise on everything from illegal immigration to increases in the debt ceiling. He’s proud to stand by Democratic Senators like Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer while calling conservatives like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz “wacko birds.”
Barack Obama, to hear his advisers tell it, has finally found The One he has been looking for: John McCain.
“We have been looking literally for years for someone we can cut deals with, and finally someone has stepped up,” a White House official said. West Wing aides say they now talk with McCain roughly every other day.
McCain, to hear fellow Republicans tell it, has finally found The Two he has needed to make such conversations worth the bother: Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat who can actually get things done in the Senate, and Denis McDonough, a White House chief of staff who actually cares what senators say and think and do.
With McCain in charge of compromising with Democrats, as he did on the campaign trail in 2008, America will lose and the consequences will be long-term.