They’ll never figure it out:
He ran for president last year as a “maverick” Republican and had a high-profile meeting with Barack Obama after the election, but Arizona Sen. John McCain has been a staunch Republican vote since failing to win the White House.
In fact, McCain is siding with his party this year on closely divided votes with greater frequency than at any other period in his 23-year Senate career, according to a CQ analysis of Senate votes.***
McCain has participated in 196 of 199 Senate party unity votes, siding with the majority Republican position on all but nine of those votes. Like most Republicans, McCain voted “no” on the economic stimulus law and on Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.
McCain led the Republican charge against numerous Democratic proposals this Congress, often acting as the lead sponsor of amendments outlining a Republican alternative. That was the case March 2, when the Senate by a vote of 32-63 rejected McCain’s substitute amendment to the fiscal 2009 omnibus appropriations act and again on April 2, when the Senate rejected McCain’s substitute to the fiscal 2010 budget resolution by a 38-60 vote.
Will the tire-swinging ever end? The reason McCain is behaving this way is simple- he is a mean, petty, bitter, angry man, and he is going to do everything he can to make Obama’s life hell. He didn’t like him before the campaign started, as they had a widely known feud over ethics reform, and then during the campaign it was repeatedly reported that he felt Obama did not deserve to be President, was not ready, and was openly contemptuous. The entire McCain campaign followed his lead, and that is why we had the idiocy of the last election- Michael Goldfarb and others were simply taking their lead from the top dog. We just recently learned that the Wasilla Wingnut didn’t even come up with the “pals around with terrorists nonsense”- that was direct from the campaign, with a green light from McCain. On top of all that, McCain’s volatile temper was widely discussed, and openly concerned fellow Republicans. Go google “McCain + trollop.”
I’ve had some recent disagreements with Matt Welch, but I highly recommend that everyone read his excellent book McCain: The Myth of a Maverick. You’ll learn that despite the fact that he serves up a mean barbecue, he is a mean and vindictive man with an explosive temper and has been for years. That he is leading the charge against Obama is not a return to his conservative principles, but just additional evidence that he is a small man who takes everything personally and the country is far better off without him in the White House.