John McCain: Obama Has “Learned a Lot”

Wait!  The GOP and Dems will be mixing it up at the State of The Union sitting next to their “SOTU dates“; Eric Cantor pronounces that “Obama is an American citizen and now John McCain declares that the President “has learned a lot”. 

What the heck have they done to the old Washington, DC?

CBS News

Ariz. Sen Says President Has “Changed a Great Deal” in Last Two Years; Sees Improvements in His Politics Following Midterms

Arizona Senator John McCain said on Sunday he thought President Obama had “learned a lot” in his first two years as president, and that he saw adjustments in the president’s politics following the November midterm elections.

In an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday morning, McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, said he thought Mr. Obama “has learned a lot in the last two years,” and that there was room for Republicans to work with him.

“He is a very intelligent man. I think he’s doing a lot of right things. This emphasis on cutting spending that we’ll be talking about…was something that obviously was not talked about in the last two years,” McCain told CBS’ Bob Schieffer. “I think there’s common ground because I think the president realized, as a result of the November elections, that the American people have a different set of priorities.”

McCain said he was hopeful that Mr. Obama’s recent efforts at bipartisanship could signal a changing atmosphere in Washington.

“I think the president has already changed a great deal,” McCain said. “Tomorrow night he’s going to be talking about cutting spending. That’s what the message of the November election was. He’ll be saying some things that we don’t agree with, but obviously with the new appointments, with an agenda where he wants free trade agreements passed … I think there’s going to be a number of areas that we can at least find common ground on.”

McCain also said that he, like a number of other Congressional members, would be sitting with a member of the opposite political party during Mr. Obama’s State of the Union Speech on Tuesday – though he noted his belief that the bipartisan seating issue was being “overblown.”

The GOP’s Michele Bachmann Problem

Apparently Michele Bachmann has aspirations of running for the presidency in 2012.  It appears that the GOP “establishment” and Bachmann do not see eye to eye on this issue…

The Daily Beast

The Minnesota congresswoman has never shied from controversy, but her latest efforts to represent Tea Party interests are disrupting Boehner’s push for the Republicans to rule effectively—and threatening the party’s unity. By Newsweek’s Andrew Romano.

Plus, watch video of 9 notorious State of the Union moments.

Michele Bachmann has certainly been keeping busy.

Within hours of winning her third congressional term in November, the colorful Minnesota Republican began campaigning for conference chair, the No. 4 position in the House GOP leadership. Why? Because “constitutional conservatives”—like her and, presumably, unlike the rest of John Boehner’s team—”deserve a loud and clear voice!” A few weeks later, news leaked that Bachmann would be traveling to Iowa for a fundraiser—and that “nothing,” according to her spokesman, “is off the table.” Asked whether she was considering a presidential run, Bachmann told ABC News  “I’m going to Iowa—there’s your answer.”

Then on Friday Bachmann announced that even though Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is slated to deliver the official Republican response to President Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address, she would be giving her own online rebuttal on behalf of the Tea Party Express “shortly after” Ryan’s speech concludes.

Bachmann’s post-election maneuvering isn’t particularly surprising; the ultraconservative Minnesotan, who by one estimate appears on national cable once every nine days, is always looking for new ways to get attention. But the response her scheming has received in top GOP circles—a response that would best be described as arctic—suggests that the battle between disgruntled, absolutist Tea Party activists (who want to blow the system up) and their more realistic representatives in Washington (who plan to work within it) is only beginning.       More…