Tuesday, February 26, 2008

McCain's Real Deal

Most media and conservative talking heads seem bent on giving GOP candidate Sen. John McCain a pass on his dealings with lobbyists because the New York Times gave it a whiff of sexual overtones that McCain firmly denied.... "I did not have relations with that lobbyist."

In the rush to condemn the Times and kill the story.... McCain says he had his press conference and won't talk about it anymore.... the underlying question lies buried beneath his campaigns' sweeping denials, is McCain too cozy with lobbyists?

Today E. J. Dionne, Jr. brings McCain's special-interest relationships into focus in "House of Cards" (WaPo).... pointing out that McCain's carefully constructed reformer-image may be on the verge of collapse.

Much will depend on whether journalists continue to explore how McCain's strong words about lobbyists and special interests square with his actions.

The window the Times opened may bring the scrutiny that demolishes McCain's shaky "Straight Talk" house of cards.... a house populated by top officials of his campaign and staff who are powerful lobbyists with long client lists.

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