Republicans now trying to flip
Dem Rep. Chris Carney into the GOP. McCain spoke to him today.
The story was broken by the Politico
. And the tell is that the story was leaked to the Politico
by a GOP source. That's almost never what you do when you think you're about to get the person, unless you're certain its a done deal. The way these things get done is that you want to surprise the other side, so they don't have a chance to counter-lobby against the move. So there's a lot of psych-out going on here, in addition to possibly getting someone to move. Late Update
: The more I think about this, the more it seems clear to me that this is the Republicans trying to gas-light the House Democratic Caucus. You don't leak something like this when you're in the midst of a serious negotiation. Doesn't happen. But if you're trying to touch off a major freak-out among House Dems this is exactly what you do. Later Update
: I'm not sure how much to credit this. But a reporter on Fox News just said that it was actually a voicemail message
(rather than an actual conversation) that McCain left for Carney, which, if true, dramatically increases my sense that this is a gaslighting game.