Here's John McCain's decree, announced yesterday:
This is the first step. We can and must complete this legislation sooner rather than later. We all know that this issue can be caught up in extracurricular politics unless we move forward as quickly as possible. This is a product of a long hard trail of negotiation, and I am sure that there are certain provisions that each of us would not agree with, but this is what the legislative process is all about, this is what bipartisanship is all about when there is a requirement for this nation and its security that transcends party lines. I am proud to have been a small part of it.
Meet the new McCain, just like the old McCain. As with McCain-Feingold, the Gang of 14, McCain-Kennedy 1.0 and his duet with Lindsey Graham of last fall on the treatment and trial of terrorists bill, Senator McCain is back and doing his best impersonation of Al Haig.
But for some unknown reason, the GOP Senate leadership seems willing to allow the Arizona would-be president to take them all over the falls.
For all of those unfamiliar with McCain-speak, here's the translation of what McCain decreed:
Deal's done. I am the guy. I made it happen. My opinion mattered, not yours. What I do in the middle of a campaign for president has nothing to do with politics. My critics are all motivated by politics. Since I have already made up my mind, no debate is necessary, so shut up. Republicans especially shut up. This is how things get done in D.C.: You roll over for Democrats. And by the way, cutting half the fence and leaving the other half subject to the whims of the anti-border security bureaucracy equals protecting national security, just like the Gang of 14 was good for the confirmation process and McCain-Feingold good for the First Amendment. So, if you didn't hear me the first time: Shut up. Sit down. I'm your nominee.