Carol Platt Liebau: Disgraceful on Both Sides

Monday, February 06, 2006

Disgraceful on Both Sides

Here is an item worth reading: Senator McCain has sent a most intemperate letter to Senator Obama, who has apparently reneged on a commitment to work on bipartisan reform.

Their behavior does neither any credit. Obama's disingenuousness is disgraceful -- but McCain's letter does nothing to change the minds of those who believe that his temperament problem is -- and perhaps should be -- an insuperable obstacle to his presidential ambitions.

2 Comments:

Blogger wile e coyote said...

I don't see why McCain's behavior is disgraceful.

After listening to the hypocrisy of Democratic members of the judiciary committee in the Alito hearings, it is nice to know someone with some credibility and teeth will take a bite out of someone from time to time.

And of course what makes McCain an effective gadfly might also make him a lousy President. Unlike the junior senator from Illinois, with McCain, what you see is what you get.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

Given the civil nature of Sen. Obama's response to John McCain's intemperate rant (included below), it's hard to see why Sen. Obama is to blame for the Straight Talk Express's turn into Temper-Tantrum Gulch. (I take it that Carol believes that holding to prior commitments you have made to your caucus is disgraceful, and I don't claim to understand that.)

"[I] am puzzled by your response to my recent letter. Last Wednesday morning, you called to invite me to your meeting that afternoon. I changed my schedule so I could attend the meeting. Afterwards, you thanked me several times for attending the meeting, and we left pledging to work together.

"As you will recall, I told everyone present at the meeting that my caucus insisted that the consideration of any ethics reform proposal go through the regular committee process. You didn't indicate any opposition to this position at the time, and I wrote the letter to reiterate this point, as well as the fact that I thought S. 2180 should be the basis for a bipartisan solution.

"I confess that I have no idea what has prompted your response. But let me assure you that I am not interested in typical partisan rhetoric or posturing. The fact that you have now questioned my sincerity and my desire to put aside politics for the public interest is regrettable but does not in any way diminish my deep respect for you nor my willingness to find a bipartisan solution to this problem."

9:43 PM  

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