Today in the Washington Post in a front page story they recount the disaster that was a less than one week alliance between John McCain and Barrack Obama in his first year in office. Here’s the first three paragraphs:
Obama, McCain Forged Fleeting Alliance
Efforts to Collaborate on Ethics Reform Fell Apart Within a Week
A year into his tenure on Capitol Hill, Barack Obama (D-Ill.) approached John McCain on the Senate floor to propose the two work together on a lobbying and ethics reform bill. The four-term Arizona Republican, 25 years Obama’s senior, quickly saw a willing apprentice to help shake up the way business was done on Capitol Hill.
“I like him; he’s probably got a great future. We can do some work together,” McCain confided to his top staffer.
Instead, what began as a promising collaboration between two men bent on burnishing their reformist credentials collapsed after barely a week. The McCain-Obama relationship came undone amid charges and countercharges, all aired publicly two years ago in an exchange of stark and angry letters. Obama questioned whether McCain sided with GOP leaders rather than searching for a bipartisan solution; McCain accused Obama of “typical rhetorical gloss” and “self interested partisan posturing” by a newcomer seeking to ingratiate himself with party leaders.
“Please be assured I won’t make the same mistake again,” McCain wrote Obama on Feb. 6, 2006.
So much for Senator Obama’s experience at creating a new ‘unity‘ atmosphere, which is his central campaign thesis, on The Hill. Since this was very public with letters and statements from both sides why are we only now hearing about this in the Primary Election? Perhaps the Barack Obama media blackout is lifting.