February 6, 2006

Senator McCain

Arizona's Senator John McCain writes a fine letter to Senator Barack Obama regarding lobbyist reform legislation.

    Dear Senator Obama:

    I would like to apologize to you for assuming that your private assurances to me regarding your desire to cooperate in our efforts to negotiate bipartisan lobbying reform legislation were sincere. When you approached me and insisted that despite your leadership’s preference to use the issue to gain a political advantage in the 2006 elections, you were personally committed to achieving a result that would reflect credit on the entire Senate and offer the country a better example of political leadership, I concluded your professed concern for the institution and the public interest was genuine and admirable. Thank you for disabusing me of such notions with your letter to me dated February 2, 2006, which explained your decision to withdraw from our bipartisan discussions. I’m embarrassed to admit that after all these years in politics I failed to interpret your previous assurances as typical rhetorical gloss routinely used in politics to make self-interested partisan posturing appear more noble. Again, sorry for the confusion, but please be assured I won’t make the same mistake again.

You should read the whole thing, really.

It's good red meat for the base.

But somehow, just somehow, something nags in me and says "Reform? Don't trust him."

Senator McCain is, afterall, one of the fathers of the Campaign Finance Reform shackles which bind personal spending in a most unConstitutional way. Now he's interested in reforming the operation of K Street lobbyists?

I'll give the Senator credit for reaching across the aisle to reform the system. Especially to a rising Democrat star. I'll even give him more credit for giving the junior Senator from Illinois a public drubbing.

But I can only imagine how this "reform" is going to turn out. We're going to get screwed. The right kind of lobbyist will skate on through.

Politics Posted by AlexC at February 6, 2006 8:30 PM

McCain's Senator Souljah moment... sound and fury signifying nothing. Count me out. If this guy were to get the GOP nod I'll be staying home next election.

Posted by: Sugarchuck at February 7, 2006 10:47 AM

Y'know, McCain drives me absolutely nuts with his sanctimonious senatitus, poor economic judgment, and his unconstitutionally awful "Campaign Finance Reform."

But he would be an AWESOME Commander-in-Chief for the terror war, and I have little doubt that the Democrats will find somebody much worse.

Posted by: jk at February 7, 2006 1:34 PM

Disabuse! That's it! I was trying to remember that goram word all weekend. Thank you Senator.

Opinions of McCain aside, there's got to be some fire beneath this smoke. If there's one thing that Senators never, never, EVER do, it is to violate the Senate's "Decorum Doctrine." And in WRITING no less! This letter is unprecedented.

Posted by: johngalt at February 7, 2006 3:31 PM | What do you think? [3]