Today, Sen. John McCain will be meeting with the man who vanquished him two weeks ago in the presidential election. While many are saying that Obama’s recent meeting with Hillary Clinton and today’s meeting with McCain are reminiscent of Abraham Lincoln’s “Team of Rivals,” I’m not so sure that so much can be made of it.
Clinton and Obama, after all, are ideologically similar, and tapping her for Secretary of State could be a measure to keep an enemy close, and to add the perception of legitimacy to Obama’s overseas operations and negotiations. With regard to McCain, I’m not so sure today’s meeting isn’t just a token attempt by Obama at publicly “reaching across the aisle.” Even if there is some substance to the meeting, even if Obama truly wants McCain’s input on certain matters, I don’t think anything good can come of the meeting.
McCain has sold out conservatives before. He sold out conservatives in 2002 with the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, his incumbent-protecting, First Amendment-disregarding campaign finance legislation. He sold out conservatives in 2003 with the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act, a piece of costly, economy-stifling legislation which was thankfully defeated. He sold out conservatives in 2007 with his comprehensive immigration bill, authored alongside Teddy Kennedy and designed to provide amnesty to millions of people breaking our laws simply by being here. And he sold out conservatives during the election, when he continued to speak out about “climate change” and cap-and-trade legislation, and when he suspended his campaign, trampled over his own principles, and voted in favor that ridiculous bailout.
If Obama is talking to McCain substantively, I have no faith that the Arizona senator will not pledge to provide assistance with Obama’s attempts to undermine our border security or place undue and unnecessary regulation on American business and industry in the form of cap-and-trade legislation. Either way, Obama will be perceived by many as not only having the “blessing” of a high-profile Republican, but having the support of the most recent GOP candidate for the presidency.
Nothing good can come of this meeting.
The only thing remotely positive is that those Republicans who are paying attention will see, in a nutshell, exactly why McCain lost this election.