Drudge has a link to this NYT/IHT article: Obama reaches out for McCain’s counsel
I’m trying to figure what to make of it. Of course, being a TINY bit cynical, I wonder how much he’d be reaching out if he had 60 Dems in the Senate instead of 59 (or 58) since winning over McCain automatically includes Graham. But I’m trying to keep an open mind.
Over the last three months, Mr. Obama has quietly consulted Mr. McCain about many of the new administration’s potential nominees to top national security jobs and about other issues — in one case relaying back a contender’s answers to questions Mr. McCain had suggested.
Mr. McCain, meanwhile, has told colleagues “that many of these appointments he would have made himself,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and a close McCain friend.
See the article for the details, but this kind of gives the general flavor. It makes it sound as if Obama is sincere about getting advice from McCain, but then again the NYT is certainly not going to accuse Obama of doing it for the sake of politics.
It is “trademark Obama,” Professor Greenstein said, noting that Mr. Obama’s impulse to win over even ideological opposites appeared to date at least to his friendships with conservatives on The Harvard Law Review when he was president.
One can only wonder how many conservatives Obama dealt with in his HLR days.
But Mr. Graham, who accompanied Mr. McCain to the meeting, said Mr. Obama took a notably different tone toward Iraq than he had during the campaign, emphasizing the common ground in their views.
“He said that he understands that we had differences but he wanted to let us know that he also understands that we have got to be responsible in how we leave Iraq,” Mr. Graham recalled. “What the Obama-Biden administration has talked about is not losing the gains we have achieved. ”
He added, “Obama does not want to be the guy who lost Iraq when it is close to being won.”
I don’t know. I read this as Obama saying it was okay that he lied about Iraq during the campaign (How many times did we hear about his “16 months” vs McCain’s “100 years”?) just so long as he won. But then again I’m glad he’s appearing to be less reckless than he promised to be, so that’s a good thing in the end.