Barack Obama's rival in the 2008 election gave him good marks for the job he has done in the White House so far. But Sen. John McCain suggested Sunday that the president has come up short on one key campaign promise: His pledge to change the bitter partisanship in Washington.
"I think he's done well," McCain said, when asked by CBS' "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer to assess how Obama has fared in office. "If you want to look at a legislative scorecard, he has achieved literally every one of his legislative accomplishments. Unfortunately it's by picking off a couple of Republicans. It has not been bipartisan. So there really hasn't been that change in the climate in Washington."
McCain, of course, has a long reputation -- earned, but also self-promoted -- of being a bridge between the two parties on important legislative issues. Earlier in the program he defended Obama's decision to close down the prison at Guantanamo Bay before criticizing the president for not having a plan for transferring the inmates at that facility.
The Arizona Republican was never able to take the title of post-partisan candidate from Obama during the general election, ans it seems likely that he too would have struggled on this front early had he been elected. After all, Congress is as much to blame for the climate in Washington as the occupant of the Oval Office.