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McCain crosses aisle to stand with Obama

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON - There was no conciliatory phone call, no heart-to-heart talk to soothe the tensions. No one knows exactly when President Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain went from bitter rivals in the 2008 presidential campaign and foes over health care and national security to bipartisan partners.

Yet in recent months, an alignment on high-profile domestic issues - not to mention an eye on their respective legacies - has transformed Obama and McCain into Washington's most unexpected odd couple. The Arizona senator is a regular visitor to the West Wing and in near-daily contact with senior White House officials.

McCain, in an Associated Press interview, said that he and Obama "trust each other." White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, among the Obama advisers who speak regularly with McCain, praised the lawmaker as a "refreshing" partner who "welcomes a debate and welcomes action."

Like any good business arrangement in the nation's capital, the secret to the new Obama-McCain alliance ultimately comes down to this: Both sides believe that working together is mutually beneficial and carries little political risk.

For Obama, the senator has become a rare Republican backer of important elements on the president's second term agenda, including immigration overhaul, stricter background checks for gun buyers, and perhaps a fall budget deal.

In return, McCain has secured increased access to the White House and an opportunity to redeem his reputation as a Capitol Hill "maverick." That image was tainted when McCain tacked to the right during his failed 2008 presidential run against Obama.

"I've told the people of Arizona, I will work with any president if there are ways I can better serve Arizona and the country," McCain said. "That seems to be an old-fashioned notion but it's the case."

Indeed, the level of attention lavished on a functional working relationship between the Democratic president and the Republican senator underscores how rare such partnerships have been during Obama's tenure.

Lawmakers, including some Democrats, long have chafed at Obama's distant dealings with Capitol Hill and his supposed lack of understanding about how Congress operates.

It's unlikely that Obama and McCain's partnership will lead to a larger detente between the White House and congressional Republicans. While McCain may have sway over some like-minded members of the Senate Republican caucus, he has considerably less influence with his party's more conservative wing, particularly in the GOP-controlled House.

Still, the White House is hopeful that forging policy breakthroughs with McCain and other Senate Republicans will isolate the House GOP and perhaps persuade them to act.

The first test of that strategy probably will be the White House-backed immigration overhaul. McCain helped write and shepherd the bill through the Senate last month. Its future in the House is deeply uncertain.

The administration also will try to work with McCain ahead of impending budget battles, McDonough said, given that the senator and the White House agree there is a negative impact from across-the-board federal budget cuts, particularly on the military and defense industry.

McDonough said it's not just a shared view on policy that has made McCain an attractive partner to Obama on these and other issues. It's their mutual disdain for Washington meetings that never move beyond the standard talking points.

"Part of what's great to work with him is his impatience with that," McDonough said. "You can kind of get into the meat of the matter very quickly"

Obama and McCain were never close during the president's brief tenure in the Senate. While McCain is a creature of Capitol Hill, Obama largely saw Congress as a stepping stone to bigger things. The relationship deteriorated during frequent clashes in the 2008 presidential campaign, and it often appeared during Obama's first term like it would never recover.

In 2010, the two sparred during a televised negotiating session on health care. McCain chastised Obama for brokering deals behind closed doors, to which the president snapped, "We're not campaigning anymore. The election is over."

McCain replied: "I'm reminded of that every day."

White House advisers still bristle over McCain's accusations that the administration covered up details of last year's deadly attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, as well as his relentless criticism of former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's role in that alleged effort.

McCain's criticism contributed to Rice's decision to withdraw from consideration as Obama's secretary of state. She now serves as White House national security adviser, a post that does not require Senate confirmation.

McDonough acknowledged that McCain's role in keeping the Benghazi controversy alive has been a source of frustration. But he credited the senator with largely shelving his criticism of Rice once she joined the White House staff.

"The way he's worked with her since she became national security adviser speaks to his interest in making sure that even where we disagree, we're finding a way to work together when we can," McDonough said. "I know the president has appreciated that."

McCain said his stronger ties with the president on domestic issues won't keep him from challenging the president on national security issues, including Syria, where McCain backs a more aggressive U.S. response than does the administration. But he said there's a way to strike an appropriate balance.

"He is the president of the United States," McCain said. "You can strongly disagree and still be respectful."

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  1. capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
    July 29, 2013 @ 6:41 am

    you stinking rotten traitor you don deserve that “r” by your name.i hope arizona puts you out to pasture.you are a poltical disgrace to conservatives everywhere.go home!

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    • RobertRComment by RobertR
      July 29, 2013 @ 11:59 am

      Well you beat me to it. Traitor is exactly what he is and has always been. His conduct as a legislator certainly gives one reason to doubt how much he was mistreated in the POW camp and how much he stabbed his fellow POWs in the back. If there was something in it for him I guarantee you he did whatever he needed to do to benefit. What a *** the man is.

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    • bruceinazComment by bruceinaz
      July 29, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

      It’s because the GOP has backed this piece of **** every time he’s run that I gave up on the republican party many years ago. I’ve lived in AZ for 33 years and for the first 20 years had to hold my nose while voting for McLame, but for the past 3 elections I couldn’t vote for him at all as there wasn’t enough difference between him and his democrat opponents. So I just abstained from voting on the particular office he was running for. He would have made an absolutely disastrous president, but the GOP got him the nomination and threw their full support behind him. They have done the same thing for many RINO’s over the past 30 years, including McLame’s fellow AZ Senator Flake. It’s time for all conservatives to abandon this worthless party and form a viable alternative. The GOP has become the Democrat Lite party.

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    • gopluvaComment by gopluva
      July 29, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

      RobertR..We must not however much we dislike a man dishonor or cast doubt on a service member who survived and came home from Vietnam. He was a true hero and has plenty of witnesses to that score. That does not excuse his behavior now when we need strong republicans to show their strength to Obama and quit caving in. But he used to be a good Senator he just isnt anymore.It has been so for many especially in congress.

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    • relaymanComment by relayman
      July 29, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

      I have to totally disagree with gopluva concerning McCain’s service. I am a veteran of the Vietnam era, so I believe I some standing in saying that McCain has totally dishonored his service with his flagrant disregard and disrespect for the Constitution, which he swore an oath to protect and defend. McCain has done more damage to the Country and the Constitution than any foreign enemy (with the sole exception of Barry Soetoro) ever could. McCain’s stomping on the Constitution is worse than stomping on the flag or the military uniform he likes to wrap himself in every election cycle. You ever notice how McCain, always chums up to and praises socialist democrats, while saving the most vicious and vile attacks for those that actually to honor and respect the Constitution. I don’t care what happened to him as a POW anymore than care that Benedict Arnold was a great general. For people who love liberty, McCain does not deserve admiration.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      July 29, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

      Name one heroic deed. McCain and Kerry don’t have one between them!

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    • SAnnComment by SAnn
      July 29, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

      I pushed people to toss him. He won by a slim margin but still the uninformed or totally brain dead voted for him.

      He has stated that he will not run again but this will only happen if he is able to finish his work of helping Obama and the Dems to destroy America! Yes, he should put the C/P/Dem after his name instead of an ‘r’ and Flake could join him on this one because they both are an embarrassment to me and others who live in Arizona. We have 3 years 5 months and 2 days after today of McCain adding more of his traitorous acts.

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    • begneli2011Comment by begneli2011
      July 29, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

      McCain has a nose like a heat seeking missle, it fires across the aisle and homes in on the first tail assembly.

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    • clarkentComment by clarkent
      July 29, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

      R I N O !

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  2. cxComment by genesal
    July 29, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    He did the same thing at the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ so what else is new?

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    • American firstComment by American first
      July 29, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

      He may have did that to survive physically in the Hanoi Hilton. Now he is doing it survive politically in the Washington Hilton.

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  3. sickupandfedComment by sickupandfed
    July 29, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    So, Obama gets votes on his agenda and McCain gets to visit the Whitehouse. Great Job! He accomplished something the elementary school kids from Iowa couldn’t do.

    For a man his age, McCain doesn’t know much about negotiating with the devil. He should know by now that anything he yields to Obama will not be reciprocated. Obama will not remember a concession or goodwill gesture beyond the closing of the deal. A concession given to Obama is perceived to be a “win” by him because he truly believes he is smarter and better than the opposition. No concession will ever have any gravity on the next deal.

    McCain should know by now that if he deals with Obama, he is prostituting himself. In that role, like all such ladies of the night understand well, he should know to collect his fare in advance.

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    • gopluvaComment by gopluva
      July 29, 2013 @ 11:16 am

      Mccain been around thwe block a few times.He is looking at how much he can be seen to accomplish in the time he has left.Was I the only one in America who thought he could win in ’08? Why did he pick an obscure person like Palin at the time? He knew the republican elite did not like her. I dont think he figured she would get the following she has and deserves.Now he blames her for the loss and the truth as I see it is he threw the fight on purpose.He sure hasnt worked for AZ since.He might as well have picked Napalitano.

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    • sickupandfedComment by sickupandfed
      July 29, 2013 @ 11:32 am

      McCain can blame whomever he wants for his loss in ’08. We all know who is to blame.

      He was down for a count of 9 when he brought Palin in to the race. Her presence gave the race new legs but he held back and refused to “Go-for-The-Throat” against Obama. In the end, her presence only extended the fight a couple more rounds.

      When you throw a rose in a cesspool, you don’t improve the cesspool, you only ruin the rose.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      July 29, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

      McCain never had a chance. McCain would’ve lost to Putin or Hitler!
      Neither did Mitt.

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    • tomtComment by tomt
      July 29, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

      Good points Sickupanfed, but, I woiuld take issue on the one you mentioned; “For a man his age, McCain doesn’t know much about negotiating with the devil.”
      I disagree on that statement, McCain does know how to negotiate with the Devil.
      He received funding from Soros through Soros’ OSI.
      Maybe from the tune of at least $50,000 to maybe as high as $6,000,000 as early as 2007.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      July 29, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

      Mitt’s big mistake was the open microphone when he said that he had an uphill battle for the 47%. When are people going to learn that the mic. Is always going to open to catch them saying what the media can make a headline out of? He was right, but being right gets you very few gold stars in politics. He also refused to fight as dirty as Allahbama is happy to do. We lost what could have been a great team had it not been for the 94% black vote, the Mexican vote, the freebies vote and the fraudulent votes provided by the Black Panthers and the split up and renamed ACORN

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    • nhpollackComment by nhpollack
      July 31, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

      sumitch,

      ALL guns are ALWAYS loaded and ALL mics are ALWAYS hot. It’s a law we can live with, but many seem to forget.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      July 31, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

      I suspect you’re right nhpollack. That’s why I stay away from microphones. They can be dangerous.

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    • redseaComment by redsea
      August 13, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

      tomt, related to your comment about Soros, here are some interesting tidbits about McCain: In late December 2011, if you remember, there were 43 NGO workers detained in Egypt, 19 were Americans. (They were caught funding the MB and helping to organize their campaign. It was in the middle of the lower parliamentary elections.) One of those Americans was Sam LaHood who was McCain’s front man during his 2008 presidential campaign. His father Roy LaHood was appointed Sec. of Transportation by Obama in 2008, 1 of only 2 Republicans he picked for open seats in his Admn. He is from Illinois, and resigned from his house seat to accept his new appointment by Obama in 2008). McCain is the Chair of the IRI in Washington, International Republican Institute, one of the NGO’s operating in Egypt, and McCain gave his front man Sam LaHood the position to direct the IRI in Egypt, sometime in 2010 before the Egyptian 2011 Revolution. On Dec 29th, Sam LaHood got a tip his office in Cairo got raided, and tried to leave, but was detained in the airport. It was a totally illegal operation, but not important to discuss here. .Eventually he was furious when Sam LaHood was detained. After much diplomatic pressure, he was allowed to leave, and the court cases were done “absentee” during Feb – April 2012. Now this story of McCain’s NGO in Egypt, and his front man being detained and released leads back to 911-2012. When these NGO workers ‘absentee’ court case was held, it was adjourned 3 times, because relatives and supporters of the Blind Sheikh were protesting in the court, that the deal to release the Blind Sheikh be kept. And in April 2012 the Blind Sheikh supporters started to stage a protest (24 hour sit-in ) outside the US Embassy in Cairo. So the protest outside the embassy in Cairo was also NEVER about the video. They threatened to hold a demonstration and detain embassy employees hostage, and they planned it for 911-2012. So McCain is fully well aware of “the video” story over-up, and is one of the people who is pushing for answers on Benghazi, or at least seems to be! What a tangled web we weave!

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  4. MustLiveFreeComment by MustLiveFree
    July 29, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    Why doesn’t he just stay on the other side of the aisle and make it official?

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    • rehabberComment by rehabber
      July 29, 2013 @ 10:39 am

      He has not been a true conservative in a long time, if ever, look up RINO in the dictionary and see his picture. ;)

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  5. elderalComment by elderal
    July 29, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    This explains the election of 2008:

    Obama is a Democrat.

    McCANN IS A DEMOCRAT.

    There was not a Republican on the ballot. WHY? Because the RNC gives the power to nominate candidates to the puny states with few electorial votes and has threatened large states with cutting their delegation in half if they move their primary early enough to matter. Thus New Hampshire has more power than Texas! (Duh! That’s stupid!)

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  6. jimnjoyComment by jimnjoy
    July 29, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    I understand how well-meaning people would want to get-along and work together. I understand how well-meaning people would agree that compromise might be the only solution in some situations. What I don’t understand is why McCain doesn’t realize that there are some situations where compromise is unacceptable. Evidently, just because someone is savvy enough to get elected does not correspond to possessing true wisdom while in office.

    We need to be praying fervently for our leaders and for wise people to come forth and run for office. “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time…”, I Timothy 2:1-6.

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    • teufelhundeComment by teufelhunde
      July 29, 2013 @ 10:56 am

      There was nothing savvy about the elections then and now. It was totally controlled and coordinated by the Marxists from within.

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    • jimnjoyComment by jimnjoy
      July 29, 2013 @ 11:05 am

      @ teufelhunde: Savvy Marxists, evidently.

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    • arwenusaComment by arwenusa
      July 29, 2013 @ 11:06 am

      Praying for Satan, or for his minions, is time that would be better dedicated to praying that our people be saved. (Not that Satan & Co be helped!)

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    • hkazComment by hkaz
      July 30, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

      Margaret Thatcher once said “Compromise is lack of leadership”. Pretty much explains the current RNC.

      Glad to see “tomt” point out that McCain has been taking money from Soros for years. Old George bought both sides of the ticket. McCain spent $22.5M in the PRIMARY to beat JD Hayworth! McCain went “scorched earth against a conservative and then went “velvet glove” against a fellow progressive.

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  7. theronaldComment by theronald
    July 29, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    Extremely disappointing, but not unexpected.

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  8. DudleyComment by Dudley
    July 29, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    I would respond to this article but I can’t seem to stop throwing up. Thank you people of Arizona for forcing this jerk on us for another senate election cycle. “Build the dang fence!”

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  9. theoldsargeComment by theoldsarge
    July 29, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    McCain should come clean and do something honest in his political life and change to his real love. Join the Democrat Party. I believe the only reason he is a Republican is because the Democrats sent him to Viet Nam. I think he would have joined the Democrat Party from the start had he not become a POW. His hypocrisy is showing.

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  10. handymanherbComment by handymanherb
    July 29, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    First read McCan’t crossing aisle, I thought maybe he was finely going to vote on the Republican side

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    • hkazComment by hkaz
      July 30, 2013 @ 4:47 pm

      If it wasn’t so true…….it would be really funny.

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  11. iceman47Comment by iceman47
    July 29, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    McCain has finally made it public as he bows down to kiss the messiah’s feet. John McCain makes me sick. He is a disgrace as a representative of the people. He is a disgrace as a human being. He needs to be impeached as well as the messiah and convicted of crimes of treason against the United States.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      July 29, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

      McCain(D) and Christie(D) for the White House in 2016?

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      July 29, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

      I’m almost as sick of seeing McCain’s picture with his chipmunk cheeks, the Liberace grin and hearing his nauseating, whispering voice as I am of Obama, Sharpton and Jackson. Why getting shot down over Viet Nam qualifies you to be a Senator and military expert stumps me.

      The only way I can understand his continuous re-elections is that he is getting most of the illegal Mexican votes in Arizona (which would explain his position on immigration). Either that or the voters in Arizona are complete idiots and are teaming up with the illegals to re-elect him.

      I wonder if McCain knows that the state he represents has been sued by our Justice Department. If there’s any state that should be against him due to his stance on immigration it’s Arizona.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      July 29, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

      How about Hillary and McCain genesal?

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  12. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    July 29, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    Why is anyone finding McCain giving in hard to believe? He quit fighting and would not challenge Obozo on anything during the election. It was pathetically evident then and continues so. GOP will not fight anymore and the country is disappearing. Obozo has gotten everything he has wanted and no real fight about it from the GOP.

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  13. patriotgamesComment by patriotgames
    July 29, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    Someone please check McLame’s bank accounts…

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  14. ultimate1red1Comment by ultimate1red1
    July 29, 2013 @ 11:51 am

    We implore the good people of AZ, please put that exhausted cart horse- er, maverick out to pasture, for heaven’s sake. Either that or the glue factory. Otherwise, we will report you to the SPCA. You ought to put down your other RINO nag too.

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    • tomtComment by tomt
      July 29, 2013 @ 2:24 pm

      Great idea! Kick him out on the pasture full of Bracken Fern.
      By the time he crokes, they can then bury him in a match box.

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  15. bna42Comment by bna42
    July 29, 2013 @ 11:53 am

    “The Arizona senator is a regular visitor to the West Wing and in near-daily contact with senior White House officials.”

    In other words he has sold out and should be known for “aiding and abetting the enemy”. At this point in time, Democrats and Obama are definitely the enemy of this nation.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      July 29, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

      Right bna42. You’d think he works for the IRS.

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  16. gopuc12450Comment by gopuc12450
    July 29, 2013 @ 11:56 am

    No one knows exactly when President Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain went from bitter rivals in the 2008 presidential campaign and foes over health care and national security to bipartisan partners.

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    I know! Jan. 3 1987.
    The day he assumed office. Previously well disguised, but nonetheless, a RINO, through and through.

    This is exactly what needs to be cleaned out of government!

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  17. Vic BaileyComment by Vic Bailey
    July 29, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    BOTH of these pond scum TRAITORS need to be in Leavenworth, Kansas, waiting on a hangman! Semper Fi.

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  18. Jota_Comment by Jota_
    July 29, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    “Both sides believe that working together is mutually beneficial and carries little political risk”

    Which reminds me of what Henry Ford said, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black”

    Which is not about color but limited choices

    And when the pilot believes he can take the plane down 10,000 feet and the co-pilot thinks only 7,500, so they agree to 8,500, when the actual distance off the ground is only 5,000, then their agreement doesn’t change the facts on the ground. it is only a question of just how big of a hole is left.

    So “mutually beneficial and carries little political risk”

    Not so good for the plane or the nation but what the heck!

    But what are our choices?

    Which what gave rise to the TEA party in the first place

    Tired of Republicans and Democrats doing as they will at the people’s expense

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      July 29, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

      The “working together” BS is just going to show those that can see that they came out of the same pod to vote independent.

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  19. crustyoldgeezerComment by crustyoldgeezer
    July 29, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    It is a case of crossing the aisle to get back home.

    Without teddi kennedy and krissie dodd to make him their moron sandwich, he is lost.

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  20. sacheveraljames42Comment by sacheveraljames42
    July 29, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

    We can complain from now till doomsday, but a donkey will always act like a donkey. The people of Arizona elected this nut job and failed aviator ( he lost at least 5 aircraft that we know of) and only they can make the decision to throw him out and put someone in that seat who believes in Constitutional government. Until then we have to see this Buffon be a lapdog for one of the most despised presidents to ever occupy the Oval Office. The photo ops that pose these two traitors, one to his party, the other to the country will rank right up there with Hitler & Chamberlain for there lunacy. Somewhere in that hollow skull of McClain there is a belief that people enjoy seeing that goofy look on there television screens or in there local papers. Only an egocentric maniac has that kind of obsession with a news camera. If we’re lucky, he’ll be defeated in the next election or we elect enough conservative Senators who will muzzle Old Captain Queeg.

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    • sotheseedsofliberty2Comment by sotheseedsofliberty2
      July 30, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

      GOOD reply and right on the mark about McCain and the voters wo keep putting him back in office.

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  21. freebirdComment by freebird
    July 29, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    This is just one of a thousand examples of the fact that the Republicans and the Democrats are nothing more than two sides of the same coin. They are both corrupted by the system, they are both owned by special interests and they both have the same common goal: getting reelected. Until you change the dynamic of how elections are funded you’ll keep getting the same results, which is to say, you lose…

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    • blissdesignzComment by blissdesignz
      July 29, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

      On 5/23/13 we came 4 votes from the Senate giving our 2′d amendment rights to the UN when they narrowly passed a measure to stop the US from entering into the UN Arms Trade Treaty, which would have effectively placed a global ban on the import and export of small firearms & would have implemented an international gun registry.
      In the list of the 46 Senators willing to give away our Constitutional rights to a foreign power, there was not a single name with an “R” beside it… Not even McRINO’s.
      So, I have to say that although it’s gotten really bad, there are still a few things separating the Republicans from Democrats.. Not very much unfortunately, but some things that are very important nonetheless.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      July 29, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

      Option # 1: Vote Independent.

      Option # 2: Close your eyes and vote Republican.

      Option # 3. Get drunk, throw up then go home and watch the comics.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      July 29, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

      Right on the button blissdesignz. And every single Democrat voted for the treaty.

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  22. bigjackComment by bigjack
    July 29, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    The only difference between McCain and Anthony Weiner is the sex. Both are snakes. McCain has been a thorn in the side of the republican party for years. I have just written the Republican National Committee to take my name off of their mailing list. Any party that embraces the likes of McCain for all these years is a party headed for the grave. It is time to send a message to the republican leadership. It is time for a third party. We have been discouraged for years with the rational that if we support a third party we would just split the vote and hand the election to the liberals. And this may be true for a period of time. But just like our oil problem, if we had started 10-15 years ago to drill for our own oil we would not have 4.00 gas today. We are losing to the socialists now, so like one famous person said ” what difference does it make “

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    • AMVoterComment by AMVoter
      July 29, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

      Even the sex isn’t so different. McCain was a serial cheater on his first wife after she stood by him during his captivity. McCain traded wife number one for a young blond with a rich daddy. He’s no better than Weiner; they are both twisted liars.

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    • countryoforiginComment by countryoforigin
      July 29, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

      Bigjack: agreed. It’s time to remove the millstone of the GOP from around our necks or at least keep paddling alongside Cruz & Rand Paul & Jason Chaffetz. It’s time to demand guts and sensible fearlessness from them and not abide conciliatory gestures that are going to result in a knife in the back. So now McCain is telling Obama all our secrets & weaknesses. He should look at the snake bites all over Boehner’s hands the next time he thinks of extending his own in the direction of the enemy.

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  23. AMVoterComment by AMVoter
    July 29, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

    McCain just makes me puke. He has sold out just like when he was captured and ran for president. He was a serial cheater on his first wife, dumping her for a young blond with a rich daddy, and only got ahead in the military because of his daddy and granddaddy. He has always been worthless, it is just that his lying mask has come completely off now.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      July 29, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

      Beat me to it. I’ve said all along that crashing Phantoms is a poor reason to be allowed to be a Senator much less a President. If it wasn’t for his daddy being a big wig in the Navy he wouldn’t have made a pilot and much less the political primaries. He did serve the country and deserves credit for that and I’m not sure that I could have taken the torture he endured at the Hanoi Hilton. But that was his job and his oath. Cristie is beginning to look just like him, kissing up to his nibs.

      Personally I don’t see that a third party would be all that bad. It doesn’t split the ticket; it just doesn’t support the same bozos in the same party but under different names and maybe gives the voters a real conservative to vote for. Palin is a great cheerleader and a thorn in the side of Barry O and would have made a better VP that the dolt we have now. Maybe she could be elected because she’s female. At least she stands up and fights. Obama made it because he’s a mulatto who calls himself black and the fraud from ACORN that got Mickey Mouse to vote for him. McCain’s going to continue to be a Senator from Arizona because of the same illegal aliens’ fraudulent votes that vote for Obama and the support of the Republican party who is a major RINO for the most part. That and the weak Republican Party who seems to have the ability to pick real losers to run for office is helping the socialists.

      2014 voting is critical and if conservatives don’t come up en mass to break the back of Congress who is the real problem we have, I have my doubts that we’ll ever see anything but a socialist government for years to come if not forever.

      Protecting the voting booths from such as the black panthers would be a nice touch too, but that would require a party that fights for the constitutional rights of the majority of legal voters.

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  24. liesmaComment by liesma
    July 29, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    Is anyone “really” surprised by this? I know everyone was hoping he wouldn’t turn into a “pod” person, but the change is now incontrovertible.

    While I still have great respect for his military service, I started giving up on him after he lost the election in ’08 when he then started turning into a Democrat before our very eyes. And even in some ways, the far left.

    He more or less blows with the wind in whatever direction “might” keep him in office. I don’t think he really cares about the people anymore, he’s taken a “keep me in the limelight and keep my Senate salary and perks” type of stand. Sadly, I have come to hope he gets voted out of office the next time around. But the key is how much he stands with the illegals and immigration. There are probably more Hispanics in Arizona now who will keep him in office, so they are the voters he works for.

    Anything to stay in office…

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  25. Eagle525Comment by eagle525
    July 29, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    MC Cain was supposed to be the candidate that opposed Obama for the presidency? Now that he is firmly in the Obama camp, the only question is how much did Mc Cain get for selling out?

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