Behind the fun of the McCain/Obama back-and-forth today was something I find fairly interesting. They both say that they want to change the way Washington works, but they mean completely different things.
John McCain wants to change the way Washington works. What he doesn't like is a system in which various groups come together and, through their elected officials, bargain to reach a conclusion they can all live with. Instead, he thinks that everyone should simply do whatever is in the public interest.
Barack Obama wants to change the way Washington works. What he doesn't like is a system in which politicians mostly speak in spin and poll-tested talking points. Politicians, he thinks, should just say what they mean.
Completely different things. For what it's worth, I believe that both of these positions sound good to the American people, but both positions are wrong. Spin is mostly harmless, and the stuff that McCain doesn't like is essential to democracy. But, regardless of whether they're correct or not, that's what they mean.
McCain also seems to believe that since they were the two presidential candidates, Washington should now be doing whatever things either of them advocated in the campaign. That, however, is another topic altogether.