Is McCain taking his toys and going home?
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)