Is the old, moderate John McCain back? Recently on Faux News he was challenged by the anti-Islam hosts to defend the rebels in Syria who, after a government fighter was shot down, shouted “Allahu akbar,” which literally means, “God is great.” The McCain of recent years could have reasonably been expected to go along with these bigots, but impressively, instead he stood up to them asking, “Would you have a problem with an American saying ‘Thank God?’”
It is beginning to look more every day as if the President may have an influential ally at long last from the other side of the aisle. Even if it is only for this one particular issue it is a step toward getting the GOP to work with him on other issues. McCain does have a lot of respect from both the left and right, until he ran his unsuccessful Presidential campaign he had always been a voice of reason, willing to compromise. With any luck this is a sign that he is ready to return more toward the middle–hopefully bringing other moderate Republicans with him and breaking the stranglehold that the TEA Party has on Washington.
Watch the video, courtesy of Talking Points Memo: