MSNBC reported it as Obama, McCain end long-running feud; 2008 rivals discussed areas where Democrats, GOP can find common ground.
That concept would be considered a stretch to the many Arizona conservatives who have little reason to believe there was ever much of an impasse between the two men, outside of McCain’s persistent longing to kick his shoes off under the desk in the Oval Office.
For the most part, John McCain has played the faithful lapdog to the radically liberal President Obama, beginning with his enthusiastic defense of him to worried Republican voters during the 2008 presidential campaign. It was McCain, not Obama, who declared the middle name Hussein off limits, although Obama proudly used it during his inaugural ceremony. And the two men have both been promoters of amnesty, making promises to the same Hispanic illegal advocacy groups during the run for the White House. In fact, there is little of substance that separates them.
Yesterday, Obama and McCain met once again for an Oval Office tête-à-tête.
To say that the Tucson shooting in which U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was among the wounded and murdered, was a turning point or Obama’s memorial service message requesting civility between politicians in Washington began a thaw, is absurd. McCain was never more than lukewarm rival to Obama. Had he campaigned against him with the same vigor that he pursued his senatorial challenger J. D. Hayworth last fall, Obama might not have had such an easy victory. In the race for the presidency, McCain narrowly carried his own state of Arizona by a mere 8.5% margin.
And who can forget last month’s praiseful Washington Post opinion article penned by McCain in which he licked Obama’s boots to a gleaming spit polish? Ever the aisle-jumper, forming alliances with the most liberal Democrats throughout his career, the aging McCain is now intent on crafting his own legacy. There are no more battles ahead. But, make no mistake. It’s still all about Johnny.