The many moods of John McCain

I wrote earlier this week about “The case of Jack McConnell.” McConnell is President Obama’s nominee to sit on the Rhode Island federal district court. McConnell is not fit to serve, but he has the support of his home state Senators, who are returning McConnell’s favor. McConnell narrowly survived a cloture vote and was confirmed by the Senate yesterday.
Somewhere along the line, the case of Jack McConnell was transformed into the case of John McCain. Fortunately, William Jacobson is on the case with an account of Senator McCain’s mysterious role in the McConnell confirmation. Professor Jacobson reports: “I am told that McCain had told other Republicans at a luncheon conference the day before the vote that he would vote against cloture, and had argued that position. [McCain subsequently voted in favor of cloture.] I contacted McCain’s office both by telephone and by e-mail yesterday to ask whether McCain would confirm or deny that account, but they have not responded and have declined to go on the record.”

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