Arizona Sen. John McCain did not pull any punches in assessing a major milestone in his former rival’s nascent presidency.
“It was a bad beginning,” McCain said Sunday of the legislative process that resulted in the $787 billion stimulus bill recently passed by Congress. “It was a bad beginning because it wasn’t what we promised the American people, what President Obama promised the American people – that we would sit down together.”
I can't say I disagree that the stimulus bill is a poor start for the new administration. But the Republicans' ideas weren't really any better.
And, as for Sen. McCain, his shady, xenophobic campaign tactics in the 2008 presidential election marked an embarrassingly bad ending to his long and highly overrated career in government. If Republicans are still looking to him for leadership, they haven't even begun to seriously consider how to pull themselves out of their collective death spiral.