In a move that stunned even fellow conservative Republicans in the U.S. Senate, Arizona Senator John McCain voted against a proposal to establish a bipartisan task force to make recommendations on ways to close the federal budget deficit.
TheHill.com coverage here.
McCain, moving to the right to fend off the imminent challenge of radio talk show host JD Hayworth, who had used his show to attack McCain as a "RINO", voted against the measure along with 22 other Republicans. Speculation was that most of them didn't want to be seen as voting for anything supported by President Obama.
So, as an outcome of their partisanship, the President is now free to create his own deficit reduction commission.
There *were* Democrats who voted against the measure (it failed), and their votes could be presumed to be just as partisan - they know that a deficit reduction task force created by the President reaps political rewards for the President, rewards that he now doesn't have to share with the Rs.
That should have been the first clue for McCain and the other "too clever for their own good" Republicans in the Senate.
Wonder how long it will be before McCain and his fellow travellers will realize their mistake?