"I do think that John McCain was very helpful in what he did. I saw him this morning, we've been talking with his staff. Clearly, yesterday, his position in that discussion yesterday was one that stopped a deal from, uh, finalizing that no House Republican, in my view, would've been for. Which means it probably wouldn't have passed the House. Now, Democrats are in the majority, they can pass anything they want to without a single Republican vote. But they don't seem to be willing to do that. I'm pleased we can have negotiations now that get us back to things that we think can protect the taxpayers better, create more options, are, frankly, be better understood in the country than the plan, than the path that we were on just a couple of days ago."
I could not believe what I was hearing. Blunt was saying that John McCain was "helpful," because he killed the deal - not because he was looking to create compromise. John McCain was not there to help get a deal done, but to kill it.
That isn't a maverick bringing everyone together as a leader, it's the erratic, confused actions of someone who has no clue. Remember McCain was not going in opposed to the compromise plan. He had totally coopted Barak Obama's principles.
Is this what we can expect from a President McCain? When the choice is between making war or brokering peace, John McCain always goes for war. It's what hot-heads do. Especially when they're no longer at their prime.