10/30/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

McCain Ridicules Agreement-- But Supports Change?

The GOP spinners have jumped on Barack Obama's multiple confessions of agreement with John McCain as a character flaw. By some counts Obama is said to have agreed with the Arizona maverick eight times in 90 minutes. Here's a 43-second video of Obama's "John is right"s quickly cobbled together by McCain enthusiasts.

Let's be plain: A campaign that ridicules a willingness to acknowledge shared viewpoints can make no intellectually honest claim to a spirit of bipartisanship or cooperation.

The McCain camp's triumphal glee over Obama's serial agreements exposes the Republican's frequent pledges to "reach across the aisle" and "bring people together" as, well. . . .horsesh*t.

For an old military guy, McCain demonstrated a scary inability to distinguish a tactic from a strategy. And now he's shown that he doesn't understand the difference between a negotiation and a lecture. How on earth can you bring about "change" if all you do is explain to people why they're wrong-- and ridicule them when they agree with you?

This little episode nicely illuminates McCain's withering disdain for talking with leaders of enemy states. It also explains his creepy aversion to eye contact with his debate opponent. Not only does he not believe in exchanging ideas with people he disagrees with, he won't even look at 'em! That's one tough soldier, huh?

We should be grateful for this revelation, as we should for any brief flash of truth. We now understand the McCain campaign's formal position on mutual respect.

And we see one more way that a McCain administration would continue the failed policies of George W. Bush.

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