McPain

February 20th, 2008at 11:53pm Posted by Eli

Oh my. NYT and now WaPo are both reporting on St. John McCain’s too-close relationship with an attractive young lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, back in the late 90s. Neither is willing to come out and say that it was a romantic relationship, but she was always around, and McCain was very helpful to her clients. His aides were spooked enough by the possibility of an affair to repeatedly confront the Senator and maneuver to keep Ms. Iseman away from him as he ramped up his 2000 presidential campaign. She was even “banned” from his office and told to stay away from him.

The NYT story also talks about McCain’s involvement in the Keating 5 scandal, his apparent attempt to atone through campaign finance reform, and his continuing close ties to lobbyists, like the ones who run his campaign and his Senate office. Alas, no mention of how he dumped his wheelchair-bound first wife for a 24-year-old heiress and used her money and connections to launch his political career…

My biggest worry here is that according to the Dan Rather Rule, if it turns out that if the potential sex scandal fizzles, then that automatically invalidates every other aspect of the NYT story, thus permanently immunizing McCain from any discussion of corruption or lobbyists ever again. It’s like the political version of double jeopardy.

(NOTE: The Dan Rather Rule works in reverse for Democrats. If any component of a Democratic scandal is proven to be true, then that means the whole thing is true.)

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,McCain,Media,Politics,Republicans


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