Don't Get Him Angry
I was prepared to criticize Barack Obama’s decision to distance himself from McCain’s lobbying reform efforts and stick with the Democrats. But the more I think about it, the more I wonder if it will really make a difference. McCain’s proposal is probably the only one that could really make a difference. Right now he is calling for a special working group to investigate the problems and come up with a recommendation - and McCain knows that any real recommendation would include eliminating earmarks.
After reading Birnbaum’s column though, I have to agree that not much will really come of this. Congress will do as little as possible when it comes to lobbying reforms. Democrats will try their hardest to smear Republicans; Republicans will try to look earnest in their reform attempts; and very little change will really come about. So maybe Obama should show party solidarity on this issue, and not risk a backlash supporting something with little chance of passing.
I would recommend reading the article just to see how tough McCain is on Obama. He is obviously really disappointed that Obama isn't more independent from the party. I bet he was hoping for another senator in the Lieberman mold.