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Reaching Across the Aisle

5:26 PM, Oct 8, 2008 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
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Last night, when Tom Brokaw asked whom he might appoint as secretary of the Treasury, John McCain's answer was Warren Buffett. A couple weeks ago, when CBS correspondent Scott Pelley asked him whom he might appoint as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, McCain's answer was New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo. And it is well known that McCain's first choice for vice president was Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman, who is almost certain to be appointed secretary of Defense or State in a McCain administration.

Those are the only three McCain appointments we can be relatively sure of (so far!). All of them are liberal Democrats. Think about that for a moment. McCain has gone out of his way to say Democrats as well as Republicans and independents will staff his administration. This is what he calls "reaching across the aisle." This is what he believes. And he gets absolutely no credit for it.