I did go camping this weekend, but I didn't head West into the desert like I thought I might. As it turns out, I have a really hard time going out without being close to a river where I can fish, so I headed to Lime Creek... possibly my mostest favoritest place in the whole world. It was kinda cold, but I fished for about 10 hours yesterday (maybe, I didn't have a watch) and didn't see another soul.
BIDEN: Well, again, I believe John McCain, were he here -- and this is a dangerous thing to say in the middle of an election -- but he would acknowledge what I'm about to say.
I have been able to work across the aisle on some of the most controversial issues and change my party's mind, as well as Republicans', because I learned a lesson from Mike Mansfield.
Mike Mansfield, a former leader of the Senate, said to me one day -- he -- I made a criticism of Jesse Helms. He said, "What would you do if I told you Jesse Helms and Dot Helms had adopted a child who had braces and was in real need?" I said, "I'd feel like a jerk."
He said, "Joe, understand one thing. Everyone's sent here for a reason, because there's something in them that their folks like. Don't question their motive."
I have never since that moment in my first year questioned the motive of another member of the Congress or Senate with whom I've disagreed. I've questioned their judgment.
I think that's why I have the respect I have and have been able to work as well as I've been able to have worked in the United States Senate. That's the fundamental change Barack Obama and I will be bring to this party, not questioning other people's motives.
This is hard to do, and I've been thinking about this statement since I heard Biden make it. I constantly call people's motives into question. It's easy to think of Bush, for example, as a money-hungry croney-istic moron. Or to think of Cheney as Satan... The truth is, they probably really do think that they're doing what's best for their country. That doesn't mean they're not wrong, of course. This woman holding the "Drill Baby Drill!" sign at the McCain rally obviously thinks that drilling for oil here and now would be the best thing for the country and that the land itself is less valuable. My assumption that she probably drives a huge SUV and is probably just sick of paying so much at the pump is, in fact, just an assumption. My assumption that she hates trees and is glad that we're in the Middle East killing "them brown people" is, once again, just an assumption...