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Is this McCain's blowjob?
Author: Raine    Date: 02/21/2008 13:42:27

By now you have all heard the big news. Did he or didn't he? Does it matter?
We have eaten bigger scandals than this for lunch. But this really is not about us, it is about John McCain, the Republicans, Ethics, and Hypocrisy. And even more important: why was this story published now?

McCain does have a history with ethics, there is no doubt about that. He was a member of the Keating Five, and received a large sum of money in donations from Charles Keating himself. That was back in 1989.

Now we see that he did it again. The NYT article reports
...a partner at the firm Alcalde & Fay, represented telecommunications companies for whom Mr. McCain’s commerce committee was pivotal. Her clients contributed tens of thousands of dollars to his campaigns.
This happened before the McCain-Feingold Act was passed in 2002 and after the savings and loan scandal of the eighties.

That is important because he still takes money from Lobbyists. He accepted money From Jack Abramoff's former lobbying firm - over $100,000. It may be legal, but it certainly doesn't look ethical. It isn't in the spirit of the law that HE helped write and it is downright sleazy that this is the same firm that had good old Jackamoff.

And - it is something that Americans are tired of. We are tired of Republican corruption. Sadly, the media will not focus on this money stuff. They will focus on the titillation of a possible affair.

What I do find peculiar, and fair to ask, is WHY all of a sudden did Cindy McCain start showing up wherever John McCain went? Why the sudden attacks on Michelle Obama from Cindy? I think we have the answer now. The American Spectator reported last month that the NYT had this story, and that McCain threatened to sue if they went with it. I can only assume that the Times got a few more facts straight. We have yet to hear a denial from Mr. McCain himself. He has chosen to attack the messenger and wave his hero status as a deflector shield.

Something is going on. I don't think that this is your run-of-the-mill attack story. Despite it's foibles, I do respect the NYT. As an affair itself, it really doesn't have the Za Za Zooie. It happened 8 years ago. If aides were concerned about McCain and this woman, I believe them. This is where the question of good moral judgement does come in. It is the kind of thing that makes the social conservatives go nuts. It's the kind of thing that get presidents impeached. [see: Bill Clinton affair;] It is the kind of thing that prevents a nomination. [See: Gary Hart affair;]

Personally the in me is wondering what will happen next. The man does not look healthy these past few weeks. I have seen him on more than one occasion getting helped up on stage. I wonder if he is healthy enough to finish this campaign? This stress certainly won't help him. Will he bow out of the race? Who then - if this happens - will be the Republican nominee? Those are a lot of if's I know, but they matter. We have been barraged this past week with who can beat McCain in the General election... Hillary can't, Obama can, and back and forth. This affects us as well.

It is no secret that the republicans despise this man as their candidate. Heck, they seemed to despise all of their candidates. But the reality is this: they called themselves the party of morality, the party of family values, the party of fiscal responsibility. John McCain seems to have failed on all these fronts. In the end, the republicans have put themselves up on this pedestal, and now it is time for their party to make a decision about what they stand for. If John McCain's closest aides could not trust him to do the right thing, why should we trust him with the Constitution?

Put the sex aside for a minute and understand that we have a real problem here. Actually, thank the goddess' for the sex in the story, because the media will finally pay attention to the scandal. It looks like we have our own version of the blowjob.

See you inside.
:peace: and
Raine






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Comment by m-hadley on 02/21/2008 14:02:02
Mornin' Raine,

Here's my take on the scandal last night (I was just pissed that it bumped Momma off the TeeVee )

The McCain brouhaha is a tempest in a teapot as far as I can tell - he's denied any shenanigans and so has she, so it's the word of a few disgruntled old campaign workers. I'm still waiting for the cancelled check or something else that links Johnny to crookdom (I'm not doubting that it's there, I just wish the NYTimes would pony up... let's see the goods). So will the Iseman cometh? (Sorry folks, I couldn't resist)

But your thoughtful post has me rethinking my colossal shrug at this development, and it has me worried - if McCain can't hang in there (I do believe that Old Man McCain is beatable, by Obama, at least), who will the rethugs turn to? Gingrich? Jebbie? I'll read the Spectator piece and get back to you all. Thanks for fleshing out this scandal du jour - you guys as always rock my world :)

Cheers,

mfaye



Comment by Raine on 02/21/2008 14:08:34
OOOH! McCain is talking1

Comment by shelaghc on 02/21/2008 14:11:03
I've had a different take on this so-called scandal.



Someone wants McCain out and Huckleberry in. They want the left to jump all over this and turn it into our blue dress.



Whether it's someone *on* the left or someone deep in the right is the question.



After all, Huckleberry would be way easier for *either* Dem candidate to beat when you get down to it.

Comment by TriSec on 02/21/2008 14:12:37




My, my my...another Republican't scandal. How will we ever stand the strain?





Tipping point, anyone?





Comment by m-hadley on 02/21/2008 14:14:02
The other white meat!!!



Comment by Will in Chicago on 02/21/2008 14:14:03
Good morning, bloggers!!!



The real issue is the possibility of an improper business relationship - far more damaging to our country than a sexual affair. I am curious if the NYT has more.



The UNN Daily Headlines are taking shape - there is more on the McCain story.

Comment by Raine on 02/21/2008 14:17:01
Quote by shelaghc: I've had a different take on this so-called scandal.



Someone wants McCain out and Huckleberry in. They want the left to jump all over this and turn it into our blue dress.



Whether it's someone *on* the left or someone deep in the right is the question.



After all, Huckleberry would be way easier for *either* Dem candidate to beat when you get down to it.
That thoery has been bandy-ing about my head as well.



What I did truthfully scpecualte is the fact that Hillary has not had polls where she could beat MCCain. Thus my allusion to it in the blog post about it DOES affect our campaign as well.







Comment by Raine on 02/21/2008 14:18:14
all racsists don't think they are racsist...

Comment by Raine on 02/21/2008 14:21:44
OH my gawd, did anyone here that Emergen_C commercial?

A guy said that he could drink raw sewage and still feel great becuase he drinks Emergen_C.

Comment by starling310 on 02/21/2008 14:22:07
Morning!



Non-Sequitir: NPR had a story this morning about a potential comeback of The Smurfs. In discussing the former 80's cartoon, the reporter said ". . . but, the show had it's detractors. Some thought the ideal mushroom world represented a Communist Utopia. . ."



:rofl: :rofl::rofl:



http://images.usatoday.com/life/_photos/2005/10/06/inside-smurfs.jpg
<------ Communist.

Comment by Raine on 02/21/2008 14:28:28
:rofl: The smurfs were communists!!! that is a classic!

Comment by shelaghc on 02/21/2008 14:32:49
No Stephie for me today.



:-<



The doctor I work for is in his office dictating results of MRIs and Xrays.





Comment by Will in Chicago on 02/21/2008 14:34:52
News Flash: The alien lizard people from the V series deny any relationship to Cindy McCain.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 02/21/2008 14:43:02
Far left to O'Reilly probably means any one to the left of Joe Lieberman.

Comment by livingonli on 02/21/2008 14:45:10
Good morning everyone.



Faye, I heard the story about the judge that was busted for DUI in a dress on Tuesday's Malloy program. He also mentioned that he was driving from a gay bar in New Hampshire even though he is in Massachussets while his wife was away. How deep in the closet is that?

Comment by livingonli on 02/21/2008 14:47:46
Quote by will in chicago: Far left to O'Reilly probably means any one to the left of Joe Lieberman.


..or anyone to the left of Hitler.

Comment by Raine on 02/21/2008 14:48:41
So according to John McCain EVERYONE else is lying but him. Come on.



Last year there were rumours about this scandal... McCain is in deep doodoo.

Comment by wickedpam on 02/21/2008 14:49:33
MOrning! :hug:

Comment by TriSec on 02/21/2008 14:50:23
Off to interview for Maine!





Comment by Raine on 02/21/2008 14:50:49
There is a lot more there there than the NYT has reported.

Comment by Raine on 02/21/2008 14:51:37
Quote by TriSec: Off to interview for Maine!



Lighting a candle!!!



Comment by livingonli on 02/21/2008 14:54:12
Quote by TriSec: Off to interview for Maine!





Good Luck!

Comment by wickedpam on 02/21/2008 14:56:31
Quote by Raine: The smurfs were communists!!! that is a classic!






So which side of the Berlin wall did they originate? :scratchhead:

Comment by wickedpam on 02/21/2008 14:57:00
Quote by TriSec: Off to interview for Maine!









Luck! :hug:

Comment by shelaghc on 02/21/2008 14:57:56
Viggo Alert!



Viggo Mortensen is selling "Impeach Remove Jail" t-shirts at his Perceval Press website.



Viggo's T-shirts are *always* made in America and, from what I can tell, he's not making a profit on them. My cost for two was $16.00 plus $4.85 for priority postage.



The site also shows some in pink, possibly for the Code Pink ladies?

Comment by Raine on 02/21/2008 14:58:07
This woman was a lobbyist for telcos. VERY important point. She also met with George Bush.

Comment by livingonli on 02/21/2008 14:58:21
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine: The smurfs were communists!!! that is a classic!






So which side of the Berlin wall did they originate? :scratchhead:


Maybe it was a secret Belgian cell trying to bring Belgium into the fold.

Comment by m-hadley on 02/21/2008 14:59:30
Quote by TriSec: Off to interview for Maine!





Give 'em hell, TriSec - you'll knock their socks off!!! :)

Comment by Raine on 02/21/2008 14:59:49
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine: The smurfs were communists!!! that is a classic!






So which side of the Berlin wall did they originate? :scratchhead:
HA!



I myself still am trying to understadn where all the smurfs came from, and who the baby's daddy is... ;)



Comment by wickedpam on 02/21/2008 15:02:44
Quote by will in chicago: News Flash: The alien lizard people from the V series deny any relationship to Cindy McCain.


http://www.blogoteca.com/upload/bit/arti/581-11507-a-V_Diana.jpg


Comment by wickedpam on 02/21/2008 15:05:07
Quote by livingonli:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine: The smurfs were communists!!! that is a classic!






So which side of the Berlin wall did they originate? :scratchhead:


Maybe it was a secret Belgian cell trying to bring Belgium into the fold.




We're they Belgian? I always that they were a gift from Germany.







Comment by livingonli on 02/21/2008 15:10:24
From Wikipedia;



The Smurfs (originally Les Schtroumpfs in French) are a fictional group of small sky blue creatures who live somewhere in the woods. The Belgian cartoonist Peyo introduced Smurfs to the world in a series of comic strips, making their first appearance in the Belgian comics magazine Le Journal de Spirou on October 23, 1958. English-speakers perhaps know them best through the 1980s animated television series from Hanna-Barbera Productions, The Smurfs.


Comment by wickedpam on 02/21/2008 15:12:43
Why did I think they were German? :scratchhead:







What's with all the Lily Tomlin quotes - she going to be on the show?

Comment by BobR on 02/21/2008 15:12:58
morning, folks... :coffee:

Comment by Raine on 02/21/2008 15:13:21
The LA times held back on this story for even longer than the NYT

So I was down in DC this past weekend and happened to run into a well-connected media person, who told me flatly, unequivocally that “everyone knows” The LA Times was sitting on a story, all wrapped up and ready to go about what is a potentially devastating sexual scandal involving a leading Presidential candidate. “Everyone knows” meaning everyone in the DC mainstream media political reporting world. “Sitting on it” because the paper couldn’t decide the complex ethics of whether and when to run it. The way I heard it they’d had it for a while but don’t know what to do. The person who told me )not an LAT person) knows I write and didn’t say “don’t write about this”.




This is a serious problem with ALL of our news outlets. Sex or not the ethics questions abound all over the place. The rest of this blog is an excellent read addressing this issue.



For me, it is about McCain's decision making. If he can't remember, is it becuase it did not happen or can he REALLY not remember?

Comment by shelaghc on 02/21/2008 15:14:10
Quote by livingonli: From Wikipedia;



The Smurfs (originally Les Schtroumpfs in French) are a fictional group of small sky blue creatures who live somewhere in the woods. The Belgian cartoonist Peyo introduced Smurfs to the world in a series of comic strips, making their first appearance in the Belgian comics magazine Le Journal de Spirou on October 23, 1958. English-speakers perhaps know them best through the 1980s animated television series from Hanna-Barbera Productions, The Smurfs.




Ah! So they're French!





Comment by Will in Chicago on 02/21/2008 15:16:45
Oy!! I am glad I did not have anything to drink for that one.

Comment by Raine on 02/21/2008 15:17:11
Quote by Raine: The LA times held back on this story for even longer than the NYT

So I was down in DC this past weekend and happened to run into a well-connected media person, who told me flatly, unequivocally that “everyone knows” The LA Times was sitting on a story, all wrapped up and ready to go about what is a potentially devastating sexual scandal involving a leading Presidential candidate. “Everyone knows” meaning everyone in the DC mainstream media political reporting world. “Sitting on it” because the paper couldn’t decide the complex ethics of whether and when to run it. The way I heard it they’d had it for a while but don’t know what to do. The person who told me )not an LAT person) knows I write and didn’t say “don’t write about this”.




This is a serious problem with ALL of our news outlets. Sex or not the ethics questions abound all over the place. The rest of this blog is an excellent read addressing this issue.



For me, it is about McCain's decision making. If he can't remember, is it becuase it did not happen or can he REALLY not remember?
Please note the date that this was written: October 29, 2007.



Comment by livingonli on 02/21/2008 15:23:58
Remember the New York Times sat on the Bush Telcom spying story for a year before reporting on it. They did it at the request of the Bush Administration. Our corporate media instead of being watchdogs have become lapdogs under consolidation of ownership. No wonder why I have to go to Democracy Now!, alternative press sites, and international news outlets like BBC World to find out what's going on because the media we have is not reporting the real news.

Comment by Raine on 02/21/2008 15:26:06
Quote by livingonli: Remember the New York Times sat on the Bush Telcom spying story for a year before reporting on it. They did it at the request of the Bush Administration. Our corporate media instead of being watchdogs have become lapdogs under consolidation of ownership. No wonder why I have to go to Democracy Now!, alternative press sites, and international news outlets like BBC World to find out what's going on because the media we have is not reporting the real news.
Boldface mine. We must NOT forget what this woman did for a living. There ARE pictures of her out there with dubya.



Comment by livingonli on 02/21/2008 15:26:50
I get CNN in HD. I don't know if I would want to watch Larry King in HD.



There will be a special post-debate edition of Countdown at 10 PM tonight in addition to the 8 PM one. Which means Keith will also have the happy couple of Pat Buchanan and Rachel Maddow.

Comment by wickedpam on 02/21/2008 15:27:56
Quote by shelaghc:
Quote by livingonli: From Wikipedia;



The Smurfs (originally Les Schtroumpfs in French) are a fictional group of small sky blue creatures who live somewhere in the woods. The Belgian cartoonist Peyo introduced Smurfs to the world in a series of comic strips, making their first appearance in the Belgian comics magazine Le Journal de Spirou on October 23, 1958. English-speakers perhaps know them best through the 1980s animated television series from Hanna-Barbera Productions, The Smurfs.




Ah! So they're French!







J’accuse!



Comment by m-hadley on 02/21/2008 15:28:05
Quote by wickedpam: Why did I think they were German? :scratchhead:







What's with all the Lily Tomlin quotes - she going to be on the show?




I sent them in, just because I know that Chris and Rebekah are both big Lily Tomlin fans - I wish she would call into the show, but have no information about that actually happening...



Comment by wickedpam on 02/21/2008 15:29:51
Quote by m-hadley:
Quote by wickedpam: Why did I think they were German? :scratchhead:







What's with all the Lily Tomlin quotes - she going to be on the show?




I sent them in, just because I know that Chris and Rebekah are both big Lily Tomlin fans - I wish she would call into the show, but have no information about that actually happening...







How cool!



I have to say the one about being "somebody" is one I've been using for years - its one of my faves!

Comment by Raine on 02/21/2008 15:29:56
Comment by Raine on 02/21/2008 15:33:41
Listening to the news on Nova, I have to agree with Dewey Hopper.

I think that this scandal will revitalize the conservative base around John McCain. I have that fear.

Comment by starling310 on 02/21/2008 15:34:09
I loves me some Allison Janney.



Comment by BobR on 02/21/2008 15:34:17
The news blurb during the break was interesting - they said this might strengthen McCain's standing with Conservatives because now they have a common enemy in the NYT... :huh:

Comment by livingonli on 02/21/2008 15:35:25
Quote by Raine:
http://old.www.iup.edu/publications/iupmag/backissues/Fall02/Images/iseman.jpg




hat tip: attywood blog


Well, she hasn't had as much plastic surgery as that British woman.

Comment by Raine on 02/21/2008 15:35:45
I do that when BobR is writing his blog... ;)