Excerpt yes, summary no.
From the excerpt and brief characterisation on TPM, you'd come away with the impression of an article that touts the Democrats' role and exposes McCain's impotence. But the full WaPo article leaves you with a completely different impression. The excerpt is from the second half of the article. All of he lengthy first half and then some almost reads like a McCain puff piece.
At length, the article describes how McCain's campaign suspension stunt allegedly spurred the Democrats to hunker down and quickly prepare a deal, spurred the Republicans in the House to quickly hunker down and prepare their own proposal, and in general had everybody moving up their game and rushing forward. Republicans who are annoyed by the dominant media narrative that McCain's campaign suspension was an empty stunt and that McCain was in no position to change or achieve anything anyway will be very happy with this article I think.
Even re the denouement of the article, the full thing at WaPo isnt anywere near the negative characterisation the excerpt on TPM suggests. A conservative reader will come away with the impression that McCain stopped the Senate Republicans from signing on to a bad deal and forced the House Republicans to get their act together and come up with an alternative.
Now I dont agree
with this article, in the sense that I think it provides a biased impression. The way it almost entirely leans on the characterisations by Lindsey Graham, McCain's sidekick, and other Reps throughout the first 2/3rds, for example. But I'm glad that I read the full thing so I got to know what the thrust of the article really was, rather than what TPM's excerpt and characterisation suggested.
(Can you tell I've really been irritated by TPM recently? They dont lie and they are really good at digging through, analysing and presenting info, especially if it's incriminating info on a Republican move. But what
they present is so selective that I increasingly feel I'm being played. And they'll swiftly shift from one argument to the next too, as with the McCain/Zapatero thing, if that's where the political opportunity lies, consistency be damned. As their name suggests TPM is really more of a campaign tool than a news resource. Which I guess is fine cause you need campaign tools too, but sure gets on my nerves. Anyway, that on a tangential rant.)