From the NYT article Obama Reaches Out for McCain’s Counsel:
Over the last three months, Mr. Obama has quietly consulted Mr. McCain about many of the new administration’s potential nominees to top national security jobs and about other issues — in one case relaying back a contender’s answers to questions Mr. McCain had suggested.
Mr. McCain, meanwhile, has told colleagues “that many of these appointments he would have made himself,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and a close McCain friend.
Fred I. Greenstein, emeritus professor of politics at Princeton, said: “I don’t think there is a precedent for this. Sometimes there is bad blood, sometimes there is so-so blood, but rarely is there good blood.”
Think about it: regardless of who won the 2000 and 2004 elections, can you imagine Bush, Kerry or Gore consulting with their opponent? I can’t. It’s a credit to both Obama and McCain.
So far I’ve been very pleased by what I’ve seen of Obama in the transition and the first days of the administration. They have, for the most part, focused on gathering people who are smart and get things done instead of hiring adherent ideologues. Most of my problems with Bush weren’t that his administration was too conservative, it’s mostly that it was bad.