As Lt. Frank Drebin of Police Squad once said, “Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes”:

The nation’s top federal election official told Sen. John McCain yesterday that he cannot immediately withdraw from the presidential public financing system as he had requested, a decision that threatens to dramatically restrict his spending until the general election campaign begins in the fall.

The prospect of being financially hamstrung by the very fundraising system he helped create is the latest in a series of bitter challenges for the presumed GOP nominee, who still faces a fractured conservative coalition as he assumes the mantle of party leadership.

It turns out that one of McCain’s famous “reaches across the aisle” might cost him a few fingers. I’m hoping this teaches him a lesson if he becomes president, but I won’t bet on it.

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