"If its been working, why stop?"
Carol Platt Liebau takes the Democrat to task for preferring words to action:
It’s shocking that someone who believes himself ready to lead the free world would so brazenly try to dodge any participation in what could be a defining moment in our history. That’s not leadership — it’s cowardice. It’s attempting to stay out of the way of any of the tough choices so that one is free to criticize them after others have stepped up. You can fault John McCain for a lot of things, but lack of leadership and shrinking from the hard choices isn’t one of them. She also notes: Just as voting "present" time and time again in the Illinois legislature didn't hurt his career one bit. So although it's disturbing, is it really any surprise that he's tried to avoid any accountability now? It's worked for him so far, so why stop?
(Via the Jewish Athena.)
Jennifer Rubin of Jewish Commentary notes: Obama-- he is the leader of his party now and he seemed utterly disinterested in doing anything that involved active problem-solving/deal-making. He does, after all, have a current job — in the Senate.