Republican senators say they can work with Democrats, despite dire predictions that the healthcare fight would make cooperation impossible.

Okay, this story from The Hill isn’t a big shock.  But once again, John McCain proved how out of touch he is:


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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warned that using reconciliation to block a GOP filibuster and pass healthcare legislation could destroy the fabric of the Senate, but the explosion that some insiders expected never happened.

Now Republican centrists say they are willing to move forward with Democrats on other issues.

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Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine), the Republican that Democratic leaders consider most likely to join them on future initiatives, says she is still willing to work across the aisle.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), who is negotiating with Democrats on energy and immigration reform legislation, has said he will not cut off talks because of the controversial use of reconciliation, which allowed Democrats to move a package of fixes to the healthcare legislation with majority-only votes.

The working order of the Senate appears to have emerged intact.