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So It Begins….

From the New York Times:

February 21, 2008
The Long Run
For McCain, Self-Confidence on Ethics Poses Its Own Risk
WASHINGTON — Early in Senator John McCain’s first run for the White House eight years ago, waves of anxiety swept through his small circle of advisers.

A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, visiting his offices and accompanying him on a client’s corporate jet. Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself — instructing staff members to block the woman’s access, privately warning her away and repeatedly confronting him, several people involved in the campaign said on the condition of anonymity.

When news organizations reported that Mr. McCain had written letters to government regulators on behalf of the lobbyist’s client, the former campaign associates said, some aides feared for a time that attention would fall on her involvement.

Mr. McCain, 71, and the lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, 40, both say they never had a romantic relationship. But to his advisers, even the appearance of a close bond with a lobbyist whose clients often had business before the Senate committee Mr. McCain led threatened the story of redemption and rectitude that defined his political identity.

…and-just about right as Barack Hussein Obama solidifies his position as the democratic front-runner-here comes the spin machine. I sincerely hope the Obamaists (my new name for the Obama campaign and his supporters; Clinton’s being the Clintonites) can find allegations that will actually hold some weight, or else this race may not be as interesting/competitive as I thought it would be.

Yes, McCain has had questionable dealings with lobbyists in the past. He has also led the charge in limiting their influence in campaigns and politics (ever hear of McCain-Feingold?). But to suggest that he actually had a romantic encounter with a lobbyist is pretty low. Then again, this is the same newspaper that gave preferential advertising rates to, the producers of the now-infamous “General Betray Us” ad (by the way, they’re also endorsing Obama!).

At worst, this just shows that McCain is a little more to the left than I thought. After all, didn’t Kennedy (Monroe?) and Clinton I (Monica?) basically do the same thing?




Written by Coby Dillard

February 21, 2008 at 3:50 pm

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