Welcome to the big leagues. Barak Obama has just received his first official beat down as a United States Senator, and the beauty of it, it was delivered at the hands, or pen, of John McCain.

We all know how beloved McCain is when he is bashing Republicans. The MSM trips over themselves to use McCain to demonstrate a “split” in the party, or to expose the party as “too radical” and of course, they call him a “maverick”. Well, let’s see what they are saying about him today now that he has given Barak Obama a verbal beating and sent him to his room.

Dear Senator Obama:

I would like to apologize to you for assuming that your private assurances to me regarding your desire to cooperate in our efforts to negotiate bipartisan lobbying reform legislation were sincere. When you approached me and insisted that despite your leadershipâ??s preference to use the issue to gain a political advantage in the 2006 elections, you were personally committed to achieving a result that would reflect credit on the entire Senate and offer the country a better example of political leadership, I concluded your professed concern for the institution and the public interest was genuine and admirable. Thank you for disabusing me of such notions with your letter to me dated February 2, 2006, which explained your decision to withdraw from our bipartisan discussions. Iâ??m embarrassed to admit that after all these years in politics I failed to interpret your previous assurances as typical rhetorical gloss routinely used in politics to make self-interested partisan posturing appear more noble. Again, sorry for the confusion, but please be assured I wonâ??t make the same mistake again.

It gets better from here, read the whole thing.

I will be checking the newswires all day to see if the salivating dogs in the MSM are running towards the Maverick McCain with their microphones today. Somehow I doubt it.