One striking thing about John McCain's 20+ year career in the Senate, is that he's gotten an extraordinarily little amount done. One reason may be that, as Brendan Nyhan points out, he seems to have a curiously unsophisticated view of how to build coalitions. How to break the FISA deadlock? Well, "people that are patriotic Americans need to sit down together and work this out." How to achieve national reconciliation in Iraq? Simple, "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 bullshit.'"
Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.