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Saturday, February 11, 2006


Senatorial comity.

Dear Senator Obama:

I would like to apologize to you for assuming that your private assurances to me regarding your desire to cooperate in our efforts to negotiate bipartisan lobbying reform legislation were sincere ... Thank you for disabusing me of such notions ...

Iím embarrassed to admit that after all these years in politics I failed to interpret your previous assurances as typical rhetorical gloss routinely used in politics to make self-interested partisan posturing appear more noble. Again, sorry for the confusion, but please be assured I wonít make the same mistake again....

I understand how important the opportunity to lead your partyís effort to exploit this issue must seem to a freshman Senator, and I hold no hard feelings over your earlier disingenuousness. Again, I have been around long enough to appreciate that in politics the public interest isnít always a priority for every one of us.

Good luck to you, Senator.

Sincerely,

John McCain

United States Senate