In Bed With Special Interests

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John McCain is going to send the New York Times a dozen roses today.  They just provided the catalyst for McCain’s reconciliation with the More Conservative Than Thou wing of the Republican Party.  Nothing gets the faithful more fired up than the New York Times.  An endorsement from the Times is like an endorsement from Pravda and an attack from the Paper of Record is reason enough to circle the wagons.

My issue with the Times article isn’t so much the cheap allegation of infidelity.  Bill Clinton got himself elected twice to the highest nation in the land riding that wave.   McCain is an admitted adulterer, so this latest smear, if true will only get the blue noses out of joint.  Sure, McCain used to date strippers and assorted Bad Girls back in his wild youth.  We’ve all had friends who have banged strippers and centerfolds.  Some might even make for good presidential timber.  It’s the having alleged sex with a lobbyist I cannot tolerate.

Take any upscale D.C. call girl’s client list and cross-reference it to any given lobbyist’s Rolodex.  The real trick will be to tell the difference between the two.  Most of the D.C. prostitutes are working the flesh trade until they can finish their Master’s degrees at Georgetown.  Upon graduation they can find gainful employment with one of the Capital’s high-powered lobbying firms.   The only difference is, there are some things a whore won’t do for money.

Sex isn’t what the real problem is.  That’s just something to sell newspapers.  The real problem is McCain’s pathological inability to appear beyond reproach, avoid conflicts of interest and free himself of ethical entanglements.  He strikes me as constantly being a grainy FBI video away from getting busted like Duke Cunningham.  It’s not that I think McCain is that crooked, but he is most likely, that dumb.

A campaign that comes out with this laughably untrue statement must either assume we are all idiots or be written by one:

It is a shame that The New York Times has lowered its standards to engage in a hit-and-run smear campaign. John McCain has a 24-year record of serving our country with honor and integrity. [did he not serve our country prior to 1984 with honor and integrity?] He has never violated the public trust, never done favors for special interests or lobbyists, [huh?  tell that to Charles Keating] and he will not allow a smear campaign to distract from the issues at stake in this election.

Americans are sick and tired of this kind of gutter politics, [clearly, we aren’t] and there is nothing in this story to suggest that John McCain has ever violated the principles that have guided his career.

Uh-huh.

I like and (mostly) respect John McCain.  I want to be able to overcome the objections of my sneaking suspicions and vote for the man.  This does not help.

All of this will, in time, be moot.  Nothing short of having Skip Gates trace McCain’s maternal lineage back to Harriet Tubman is going to save him from the Audacity of Hype this November.

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5 Responses to “In Bed With Special Interests”

  1. Volunteer Voters » Beyond Reproach Says:

    […] Sarcastro breaks down the big McCain/NY Times controversy in term we can all understand: Sex isn’t what the real problem is. That’s just something to sell newspapers. The real problem is McCain’s pathological inability to appear beyond reproach, avoid conflicts of interest and free himself of ethical entanglements. He strikes me as constantly being a grainy FBI video away from getting busted like Duke Cunningham. It’s not that I think McCain is that crooked, but he is most likely, that dumb. Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]

  2. Lesley Says:

    Agreed. And, quite frankly, as I was watching the coverage on Nightline last night, I couldn’t help but think this NYT piece was actually the doing of some Republican operatives to help out McCain. I wouldn’t put it past them. And it got the talking heads (Hannity, Limbaugh) to change their tune to one that is more supportive of McCain.

  3. Mr. Mack Says:

    Boy, and i thought I wore a big foil hat.

  4. Sarcastro Says:

    I believe yours is called a “sombrero”.

  5. Ginger Says:

    *SNORK*

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