"One, we have to have an alternative and two, we still hope that the administration -- although time is running out -- that the administration will sit down and do some serious negotiating, which they have not done," he said.
"I have to tell you I'm disappointed so far in the administration's lack of consultation or efforts to work with Republicans on the stimulus package,"
It is one thing to talk to Republicans, he said, but "it's entirely something else to bring them to the table and sit down and say, 'OK, how can we come up with a common outcome that we can agree on?' They haven't done that."
But, of course, Obama has done that. Going as far as to visit Capitol Hill personally to see what further concessions it would take to win them over. And only a complete loon could possible imagine that this was some sort of one-sided affair with Obama getting the blame.
But McCain doesn't really believe that. The problem is that he's got nothing else to say. None of them do. These guys have been fighting this same pointless war for so long that they have absolutely zero rhetoric to use in case someone actually did behave in a bipartisan manner. This is all they know.
And that's one of the many reasons it was so necessary for Obama to do what he did. Not only because it fulfilled a campaign promise, but because it would throw these boobs for such a loop that they'd be entirely clueless as to how combat it. He gave them exactly what they've all said they needed, and all they can do is continue to insist that this is what they need. With just this one bill, Obama has exposed the fraud that is at the basis of most Republican rhetoric. And all that it took was for someone to actually take them up on their offer and to do so from a position of strength. And it all came tumbling down.
And so Obama looks like the good guy who tried to do the right thing, while McCain looks like an out of touch old man who's living in the past. And that's exactly the case. There will be people who agree with McCain on this, but we never had them anyway. Beyond them, even the people in the cheap seats will see Obama's pitches wizzing well within the strike zone and gasp in amazement as he does it every time. But the question isn't how he's doing it, but rather, why did it take so long for anyone else to figure it out?