Thursday, February 21, 2008

"Swiftboating? So soon? And by whom? - Let the Games Begin!

I don't know how many pundits, late night comedians, bloggers, you name it, have joked about John McCain's age and his being too old to run for president. Well, at first blush, all the "breaking news" about The New York Times recently released piece would have you believe - he may be old, but he ain't dead! That is, until you actually read the piece. Then you get it that the swiftboating has already begun. I'm just trying to figure out who's doing it. As salacious as all the hullabaloo was, the piece had absolutely nothing to do with him tippin' out on his wife. But since the Fourth Estate seems so much heavier on INFOtainment than INFOrmation (partially because the American people have shown that is what they most like - Paris, Brangelina, Brittany, you know what I mean), seems they figured they'd go with what they thought would best get the nation's attention. The piece was really about what they perceive as the hypocrisy of McCain's stance on campaign finance reform (remember McCain-Feingold? Yeah that.). But my question is why bring this up now? They sat on this "story" since when? December? And they weren't able to come up with anything more substantive than anonymous sources and disgruntled former advisors about something that happened nine years ago?? Unless you are a Gen-Xer or have been under a rock for the last 20 or so years, you are aware of his involvement in the Keating 5's Savings and Loans collapse. Why rehash this now? The appearance of impropriety notwithstanding, as far as I can see, there's no proof in the piece of McCain being bought or laid by the Mrs. McCain look-alike, Vicki Iseman. I've often been accused of being a conspiracy theorist, but I swear, like my grandmother always used to say, "Somethin' in the milk ain't clean" about this "bombshell." And didn't the Times ENDORSE McCain just a month ago? While they were working on this story? Come on people!!! I'm just saying, McCain needs to really vet the people working for him. That "informal" campaign manager giving the "gift" of his services may well be sleeping with enemy - Obama, Hillary - you make the choice (since Huckabee hasn't a chance in hell! 'Scuse me Rev.).

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