January 20, 2009
I believe Obama has an ace in the hole among Senate Republicans. This unlikely ace can deliver not only the GOP moderates needed to break a filibuster, but also the stamp of bipartisanship: the 2008 GOP standard bearer, John McCain.
To which I say “why wouldn’t he?”
The Republican Party’s intransigence sabotaged his candidacy by:
- Never supporting him until he gave them their beloved disaster from Alaska, which only undermined him.
- Not allowing him to choose the vice president he really wanted, a moderate like Lieberman which would have attracted independents.
- Imposing the Rove team and their tactics to run his campaign, which illegitimized the straight-talk reputation he had carefully built.
Could he have won with the campaign he wanted to run? I think he just might. And he probably believes that.
Now he’s got a chance to rebuild his Maverick reputation, get back at the Right, and maybe even share in Obama’s glory.
And really, why stick with a sinking ship when he wasn’t welcome anyways?
It’s good to have the Maverick back.