And On McCain

Seeing him in that last clip got me to thinking on how he's devolved over the past few years, or just revealed his true self. When Rolling Stone ran that huge expose in 2008, I basically disregarded it for my standard biases against anonymous sources and gossip.

But McCain complete flip on Don't Ask, Don't Tell and his general pettiness and umbrage-taking at the slightest perceived insult (dig the clip below) really make the case for a second read. One big thing about Obama that I love is that I never get the sense that he's petty.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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