Tales from the Trail

Is McCain taking his toys and going home?

March 24, 2010

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Is Republican Senator John McCain bringing playground  logic to Washington’s bitter partisan divide?

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs seems to think so.

McCain, defeated by President Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, vowed that Republicans furious after passage of Obama’s historic healthcare overhaul, will not work with Obama’s Democrats this year.

“There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year,” McCain told an Arizona radio program, criticizing the way Democrats steered the healthcare bill through Congress. “They have poisoned the well in what they have done and how they have done it.”

Gibbs likened those comments to how a furious child might respond after losing at hopscotch or kickball.

“I find it curious that not getting your way on one thing means you decided to take your toys and go home,” Gibbs said at his daily press briefing on Wednesday.

“It doesn’t work well for my 6-year-old. I doubt it works well in the United States Senate,” he said. “We have issues that are important for his constituents and for all of America.”

So was Gibbs comparing the senior senator from Arizona to a 6-year-old? The White House Press Secretary responded with his own gloves off.

“I think the notion that if you don’t get what you want, you’re not going to cooperate on anything else, is not a whole lot different than what I might hear from a 6-year-old,” he said.

Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Senators McCain and Alexander during bipartisan meeting on healthcare reform, Feb. 25)

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Hey, John McCain, what happened to “Country First”?

Posted by Liberaltarian | Report as abusive
 

This man is overrated, and it’s about time he took his toys and left office.
Lived a privledged life, got out of situations because of who his father and grandfather were. He’s clueless when it comes to the average person’s life.

Posted by osito3 | Report as abusive
 

There but for the grace of Palin goes the little pseudo war hero who might’ve been our next Bush Conservative President, acting like he secretly owns the White House.

As is their wont, the Obama people are reacting with undue restraint. This would be a good time to show McCain who’s boss and burn his whole neocon plantation down.

Posted by HBC | Report as abusive
 

they should call his bluff and vote on a tax cut.

Posted by drewbie | Report as abusive
 

RE: “There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year,” McCain told an Arizona radio program, criticizing the way Democrats steered the healthcare bill through Congress. “They have poisoned the well in what they have done and how they have done it.”

Too bad McCain didn’t think and talk and act this way last month, last year, last decade(s). Maybe he could have helped derail BHO’s so-far-bloodless imposition of fascism on the United States of America.

Posted by AmericanFlyer | Report as abusive
 

American Flyer, I have lived in a fascist state and you can be sure that the US is not one, nor is Obama a Marxist, Commie, or any other name that your type has been screaming as if it was worth listening to.

Obama is working to close the open wallet that bankers spend and we fill, he is stopping medical companies that have turned used monopolies to fix prices while screaming free markets, while refusing to safe guard the public from the advertised legal drug market they have created.

Obama is trying to provide rules so that 1% of the country doesn’t use congress to take 99% of the money as they have since the 70′s.

We aren’t going back to nothing my friends, we are going forward again and I am liking it very much.

Posted by jstaf | Report as abusive
 

To jstaf, as a person who has lived in a communist country, I can attest that BHO’s message and tactics are very much in line with that from which I fled. Sad. Very sad.

Posted by lonesail | Report as abusive
 

To jstaf, as a person who has lived in a communist country, I can attest that BHO’s message and tactics are very much in line with that from which I fled. Sad. Very sad.

Good for you.

I live in a semi-socialist country (Canada) and I can tell you for a fact (living there my entire live) BO not taking you down the path of socialism.

He is doing some quasi socialist-capitalist crap that is doomed to fail. You either have to go one way or another (ie cut off the social security and medicaid net or increase taxes to pay for them). Even if BO was to improve the efficiency that HC is being delivered. It doesn’t change the fact that Doctors need their cut, Hospitals need their cut, drug companies need their cut, and lastly insurance companies need their cut. Private health-care will never be cheaper.

Posted by BO_LOVER | Report as abusive
 

End of the day, average citizen in America has more rights than many people in this world, and we have to be thankfull for that.

http://www.topgradeacaiextreme.org

Posted by kelly0 | Report as abusive
 

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