No surprise, but impressive nonetheless. Turns out our guy isn’t a sore winner.
Obama’s capacity to make nice to Straight Talk Speak With Forked Tongue must reflect some combination of three factors:
1. He actually has the capacity to love his enemies. Some Christians do, you know, weird as it seems to those of us who aren’t Christians.
2. He’s cynical enough, or capable of being cynical enough, to regard all that campaign stuff as a game and not take it personally.
3. He hates and despises McCain as much as you and I do, but has much greater powers of self-command and dissimulation, and is willing to use them to seduce the eminently flatterable McCain into helping him, or at least not hurting him, succeed.
[And yes, I’m ruling out the notion that Obama actually wants McCain’s advice.]