Obama reaches out to McCain

Sen. John McCain, after a series of post-election conversations with President-elect Barack Obama, will be the guest of honor tonight at a black-tie dinner celebrating Obama’s inauguration, the New York Times reports. 

“Over the last three months, Mr. Obama has quietly consulted Mr. McCain about many of the new administration’s potential nominees to top national security jobs and about other issues — in one case relaying back a contender’s answers to questions Mr. McCain had suggested,” the Times story says.

The story quotes Fred I. Greenstein, emeritus professor of politics at Princeton University: “I don’t think there is a precedent for this. Sometimes there is bad blood, sometimes there is so-so blood, but rarely is there good blood.”

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