McCain's 'Head-Knocking Style of Governance'

Election '08

About two years ago, with the war in Iraq going poorly and conditions on the ground deteriorating quickly, John McCain met with an exclusive audience of wealthy Republicans in New York and addressed the subject on voters' minds.

"One of the things I would do if I were President would be to sit the Shiites and the Sunnis down and say, 'Stop the bullsh*t,'" McCain said.

Digby recently described this as the "head-knocking style of governance," and it's clearly a McCain favorite. Complex problems can be resolved, he believes, through force of will. In February, in the midst of the FISA debate, McCain told the New York Times, "[P]eople that are patriotic Americans need to sit down together and work this out."

This came up again last night when the debate turned to Social Security. McCain argued:

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