Feb. 21st, 2008

phamos: (hotkarl)
My take on the Times McCain piece? That is one story that has been lawyered to DEATH. They're basically saying everything that they could legally get away with saying, and then ending on a sorta wink-wink-nudge-nudge-say-no-more.

I have no trouble believing that McCain has had affairs. He's pretty much admitted to affairs during his first marriage -- hell, he married Cindy a month after his divorce was finalized. And he pretty obviously has a type -- one which this lovely lobbyist lady fits to a T. I'm seeing a fair amount of argument on the liberal blogs about how the Democrats should play this one out, which I think is good. There's the vengeance camp, and they're all "good for the goose is good for the gander" and pretty much want to destroy him. There's the guilty-conscience folks, who rightly point out how much our side protested about staying out of politicians' pants when it doesn't affect their governance. I tend towards this second group. However, the question is -- did this relationship, which can't currently be defined on the advice of the NYT lawyers, affect John McCain's priorities as a legislator? It's not looking good for the maverick...

Also, you gotta love his camp's total non-denial denial. He's "never violated the public trust"? There are a couple of people who did their banking with the Lincoln Savings and Loan that might have something to say about that.

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