The "Maverick" John McCain
Rich Gardner | 02.22.2008
a very real danger that folks consider "Maverick" John McCain to be, at
heart, a liberal. He
think [McCain]'s a conservative?"
Liberals attracted to him would like to believe that he's not, but
that's a mistake, and that's why so many in the national media love
him. But this idea that once he's president he'll become more liberal,
it's wishful thinking. If you look at his record, he's a conservative.
But that gets skewed by this obsession with character. In 2000 we were
assured that Al Gore was the dishonest one, that George Bush might not
be bright, but he's honest. Clearly, Bush has told some pretty heinous
lies. So often the press gets it wrong."
I fact, McCain's
even very honest. His statement:
"I’m the only one the
special interests don’t give any money to."
Actually, McCain has received about $400,000 from
As to his judgement and his hanging around with Vicki
Iseman? I hate to paraphrase conservatives from the late 90s,
it's not the sex, it's the inability to learn from past
mistakes. The blogs don't see much evidence that McCain actually slept
with Iseman, but McCain very clearly did many, many favors for
lobbyists and that's a problem that the Bill Clinton & Monica
Lewinsky affair didn't have. Their affair was just that, a strictly
sexual encounter. With McCain and Iseman, there was lots of lobbying
and cash and Senatorial favors for corporate clients involved.
Dean's statement is perfect and should be the template for
all Democratic comments on McCain/Iseman.