He’s decided he wants to be the next Ted Kennedy:
“Obviously, if there is health care reform, Ted Kennedy has a long history of being involved in this issue in a variety of ways,” he said. “I would hope his example of working together and coming together in the spirit of compromise for the sake and good of the American people would have some effect.
“If there is agreement, he should be given credit for it,” he added.
When asked if he had a personal obligation to see health care legislation passed in memory of Kennedy, McCain said, “I feel a personal responsibility to try to conduct myself in many respects the way that Ted Kennedy did on a broad variety of issues, and that is to be willing to sit down and work with the other side of the aisle to try to come up with agreement and compromise.”
As I noted last October, this is exactly what we would have seen if McCain had somehow managed to win the election:
[T]here’s no reason to believe that a President John McCain would be the barrier to the ambitions of a resurgent Democratic majority that one might hope it would be, as I noted in a comment to Steve’s post:
This is the guy who loves to tell us how he “reaches across the aisle.” The guy who has co-sponsored abominable laws with the likes of Russ Feingold and Ted Kennedy. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a President McCain — free from the need to cater to the Republican right — pandering to make deals with Pelosi and Reid that will send most of his supposed campaign promises out the window.
Thanks, for proving me right Senator McCain, and for making it clear that my vote for Bob Barr was the best choice possible.