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John McCain: GOP Should Back Off President-Elect Obama

After getting back in the Sunday talk show saddle this weekend, John McCain fielded a question about his old opponent's ties to embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. When asked if Barack Obama's pledge to transparency was being tested, as RNC head Mike Duncan has said, McCain took Obama's side:

“I think that the Obama campaign should and will give all information necessary. You know, in all due respect to the Republican National Committee and anybody — right now, I think we should try to be working constructively together, not only on an issue such as this, but on the economy stimulus package, reforms that are necessary.”

The RNC has released a new web ad called Questions Remain, which links Obama to Blagojevich. McCain did use some guilt-by-association tactics during the campaign, bringing up the likes of William Ayers; but he also avoided the topic of Obama's controversial pastor Rev. Wright. Are you surprised that McCain has come to Obama's defense, or is he just proving his maverick cred by rebuking his own party?


UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Shoot I meant DNC...
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
Jude, I agree, but sadly that's all too true...he was "better" before the grindmill of election time stuffed him through like so much political sausage. Steph, I can only assume that "what that was" was what he either was told - or felt - he had to be. I never assume that what I see in a candidate is fully what we are going to get. How could it be? The higher level the politics goes, the more people one has to please. Though I think Obama was pretty true to himself, case in point he also has had to reconsider core perspectives before he gets into office to see if they still fit the situation. If he changes his mind, I won't be surprised - not necessarily out of cynicism, but just because I know sometimes that is inevitable. I'd be more afraid of someone that hard-noses his own agenda in spite of the facts, or common sense, or military advice. (See: Rumsfeld) I guess what I am trying to say is some of this is always going to be a "dog and pony" show, and as idealistic as I want to be, I accept it. Now that its over, maybe he can get back to being more himself and less what I am guessing he was told (or he felt, who knows which) he had to be to win. Personally, I applaud him for saying it, and wish everyone would just stop sniping, get over it, and get on with what is happening all around us right now - it ain't good.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I think the GOP should stop questioning Obama, just as soon as the RNC stops questioning Bush.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Is he staring at me?...I think he's staring at me...
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
This John McCain is a lot better than the one who ran for President.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
jill - just curious you said 'As of right now, the thing that stands out the most to me is that the prosecutor said that Obama did nothing wrong at his press conference when they first arrested Blag. That says a lot to me.' What exactly does that say to you? A good thing or a bad thing?
zeze zeze 8 years
I think you're probably right Jill, he brushed it off saying something like "my corps is still green" or something like that... I'm crossing my fingers that he won't support her.
stephley stephley 8 years
You're very kind Jill. I'm completely confused as to what McCain stands for. Republicans here say he isn't a true republican; and during the campaign, he said, or allowed his campaign to say, a lot of things that surprised or shocked people who thought they knew him - things that appealed to one part of the GOP that is either the true base or the radical right. He chose Palin to be his running mate - he is the only reason she's a national figure today - and he'll say he's proud of her, but otherwise definitely keeps a distance in his comments. So now he's challenging the RNC on Obama. If this is standing up for what he truly believes, what was all that stuff last summer?
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
I don't think he's necessarily rebuking his party; I just think he's being a normal, rational human being. Which, you know, is kind of is mavericky in politics!
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"Anyone catch that he would not say he supports Palin in 2012?" Wow, I didn't catch that. Pretty interesting, thanks for pointing it out. :) I do think it is a bit early, so he might end up supporting her, just not now. I guess we will have to wait and see!
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I think this is a lot more than siding with the most popular guy in the room. I think that going against the chair of your party to stand up for facts (and against assumptions) is a very honorable thing. I am not going to knock it. The thing is that since there is an investigation going on, there is only so much the Obama camp can do. The prosecution leaked the parts of the taped calls that THEY wanted to share. Now I am sure that Obama has talked with his staff, but he can't fully know if they are telling him the truth until he hears the calls or sees the transcripts. So he might not have all the information he needs, and the prosecution might not release it for fear of poisoning the jury pool. It has also been speculated that Rahm was the whistle blower, and if that is the case, it isn't like they can release the information before trial. There are a number of things that might be possible (good and bad), and we won't know until the trial. As of right now, the thing that stands out the most to me is that the prosecutor said that Obama did nothing wrong at his press conference when they first arrested Blag. That says a lot to me.
em1282 em1282 8 years
"Maverick!" :drinks: I wouldn't say I'm surprised McCain is doing this, but I definitely agree with him.
zeze zeze 8 years
Anyone catch that he would not say he supports Palin in 2012? ...interesting. Caterpillar, I think the best way to describe it is that he is doing the right/reasonable thing by not being a sore loser and supporting the president-elect. It makes sense to align yourself with the most powerful person in the room for personal gain and for the best of the nation, so it is not a "maverick" move to do so, but a good move nonetheless. I think Stephy's comment was more that this shouldn't be considered "mavericky" [thank you Tina Fey] it should be the most logical thing.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
well you know Caterpillar McCain can't win, it's just life, if you're competing against someone that's what is going to happen no one will believe your motivations are pure.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
If he went against BO, people would be calling him a sore loser, if he is with? he is "aligning himself with the most popluar guy in the room" give me a break.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
"I think the optimist in me feels that Senator McCain is doing the right thing by support President-elect Obama." I'm with you karenpanna. I do think the GOP needs to just back off though. Quit trying to lay the ground work for 2012 and focus on 2008/2009 and the people who are struggling to make it. If the GOP keeps this up, I'll be voting Democrat in 2012. (I'm not Republican by definition, but my votes tend to go that way.)
tiabia tiabia 8 years
When did "maverick" become to the new word for "reasonable". The RNC is being unreasonable about this entire situation, especially with the newly online advertising campaign...can we expect robocalls to come out next. I'm glad McCain said something that so many others have been thinking since this entire Blagojevich issue has had a stage at the media circus.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Are you trying to say the McCain is NOT a maverick???? wha? ;)
stephley stephley 8 years
How would it be a maverick move to try aligning himself with the most popular guy in the room?
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
On topic, I agree witht he ladies above. Why is there a site about those things? uggg...
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
"Maybe that post-election South Park was TRUE!!!" :rotfl: Oh foxie can you imagine?
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
It's like they don't have bigger issues to worry about like let's say 500 000 people losing their jobs in 2 months, the recession, the detroit big 3 going down???? Blagowhateverhisname is is an ass for sure but really this is the biggest issue to them right now??? And they wonder why they lost the election........
The campaign is over, why are they still posting web ads against the man who is going to be President come January 20? Sorry GOP, but you can't wake up from this dream...
foxie foxie 8 years
... Maybe that post-election South Park was TRUE!!!
karenpanna karenpanna 8 years
I think the optimist in me feels that Senator McCain is doing the right thing by support President-elect Obama. We spend to much time on party politics that not enough legislation is handled.
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