Thursday, February 21, 2008

McCain should avoid talking about his "character" and his fealty to the "public trust"

I have no idea whether the New York Times story is true or not. I am also prepared to believe McCain's denial of the accusation that he may have had sex with a female lobbyist during his 2000 campaign for president.

However, let's not forget that McCain met current wife, and beer heiress, Cindy (nee Hensley) while McCain was married to his first wife, Carol. Carol McCain had tirelessly waited for McCain while he was prisoner of war and, as this still too sympathetic article to McCain says, Carol saw the breakup of their marriage as the result of "more to John turning 40 and wanting to be 25 again than...anything else." 25 was the age of Cindy Hensley McCain when Cindy and John met.

Therefore, Cindy McCain's response to the NY Times' article's accusation, that her husband is a man of "great character", rings somewhat hollow.

Also, Senator McCain's denial contains the statement that he had "(a)t no time...ever done anything that would betray the public trust." That is breathtaking considering McCain being one of the Charles Keating Five of Congressmen involved in the larger Savings & Loan scandals of the 1980s. And the issue over a sexual relationship with this lobbyist has obscured McCain's cozy relationship with a media contributor, Paxon Communications, for whom the lobbyist had done lobbying work.

I continue to despise the corporate media's obsesssion with a politician's personal life. Whether McCain messes around on his wife is not an indicator of what type of public servant he is. I'd rather the focus be on McCain's policy positions, and the fact that McCain, like most politicians in the Republican Party, has continued to have cozy, meaning financial, relationships with corporate lobbyists. McCain is not a maverick and not anywhere near a Russ Feingold (D-WI) in terms of ethics. That should be the focus if there is going to be negative reporting on McCain, not an alleged fleeting dalliance with a female who happened to be a lobbyist.



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