.. as soon as McCain has the Republican nomination sewn up, the New York Times moves from praise to criticism... this time invoking the Keating Five scandal and suggesting a juicy sex-for-political-favors trade with a lobbiest 30 years younger than the Senator.
These claims don't come as surprises to me. I knew the basic outlines of the Keating 5 scandal, and how McCain was pressed by circumstances into becoming the loudly visible reformer in order to protect his own reputation, at the cost of the First Amendment. I didn't know about the allegations concerning this one particular attractive female lobbiest, but I don't really need to; I wasn't at any particular risk of liking the guy anyway and there's nothing in the way of actual evidence in the story. He can defend himself, as far as I'm concerned.
Nor am I surprised that the media would wait until now to begin their efforts to torpedo McCain.
I didn't support McCain for the nomination... and this is a big part of the reason why. He has skeletons that the media can conveniently overlook until they can use them to block his run for the White House, thus putting Obama or Clinton in instead. A Republican without that baggage would have been better. A Republican without the baggage who actually had the support of the base would have been better still.
This is like playing chess and letting the other side pick which piece you move.
This entry was published Wed Feb 20 23:22:44 CST 2008 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2008-02-20 23:22:44.0.