OK, when John McCain is finally willing to characterize Obama accurately without worrying about being called a RAAAAACIST!, it looks to me like a watershed moment all-around.
I blame Bush.
Updated, 1/9/10, Sat.:
Patterico had a guest post in 2008 featuring a letter dated February 6, 2006, from Sen. McCain to his new colleague, Obama, showing that McCain actually had Obama’s character sussed out correctly almost as soon as Obama set foot in the Senate. Here’s how it begins — and it gets better as McCain continues, so be sure to read the whole thing:
Dear Senator Obama:
I would like to apologize to you for assuming that your private assurances to me regarding your desire to cooperate in our efforts to negotiate bipartisan lobbying reform legislation were sincere. When you approached me and insisted that despite your leadership’s preference to use the issue to gain a political advantage in the 2006 elections, you were personally committed to achieving a result that would reflect credit on the entire Senate and offer the country a better example of political leadership, I concluded your professed concern for the institution and the public interest was genuine and admirable. Thank you for disabusing me of such notions with your letter to me dated February 2, 2006, which explained your decision to withdraw from our bipartisan discussions. I’m embarrassed to admit that after all these years in politics I failed to interpret your previous assurances as typical rhetorical gloss routinely used in politics to make self-interested partisan posturing appear more noble. Again, sorry for the confusion, but please be assured I won’t make the same mistake again.