For years Democrats have been singing John McCain’s praises each time he crossed swords with the Republican establishment. Whether on torture or campaign finance or global warming or Donald Rumsfeld, McCain was every Democrat’s favorite Republican. They liked him so much they tried to recruit him to join their party, and then their ticket, in 2004. (Mitt Romney ran an ad on just this topic during the primary.)
So when a YouTube clip of Barack Obama lauding the McCain-Lieberman climate control amendment surfaces, you can bet this is not the only one in the RNC’s vault. We can expect, as the campaign progresses, to go down YouTube’s memory lane with a parade of Democrats cheering McCain as he opposed the Bush administration and many Republican Congressional measures. Will there be an equal number of bipartisan oldie-but-goodie moments for Barack Obama? Not likely, since there’s been no one more faithful to the strict liberal voting line than he.
So the question is: what will Obama and the Democrats say in rebuttal? “Never mind”?