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NY Times Goes Negative on McCain (Updated)

John on February 20, 2008 at 10:41 pm

Just a few days after McCain sealed the nomination, the NY Times has done what it does best, slime the Republican front runner:

Early in Senator John McCain’s first run for the White House eight years ago, waves of anxiety swept through his small circle of advisers.

A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, visiting his offices and accompanying him on a client’s corporate jet. Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself — instructing staff members to block the woman’s access, privately warning her away and repeatedly confronting him, several people involved in the campaign said on the condition of anonymity.

When news organizations reported that Mr. McCain had written letters to government regulators on behalf of the lobbyist’s client, the former campaign associates said, some aides feared for a time that attention would fall on her involvement.

Mr. McCain, 71, and the lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, 40, both say they never had a romantic relationship. But to his advisers, even the appearance of a close bond with a lobbyist whose clients often had business before the Senate committee Mr. McCain led threatened the story of redemption and rectitude that defined his political identity.

HotAir has more including McCain’s non-denial denial. Did he get involved with another woman? Obviously I don’t know but looking at it honestly I’d have to say that it would not shock me if a 70 year old man had a really hard time ignoring the attention of an attractive younger woman like Vicky Iseman. I’m not saying it happened, just that it seems the kind of thing that could.

In any case, the hypocrisy of the Times is staggering. They never met a Democratic sex-scandal they liked. They still haven’t run more than one or two tiny blurbs about Democratic perv (and friend of Bill and Hillary) Jeffrey Epstein and his long history of picking up high school girls, but they’ll go after McCain for this sort of loose allegation with a giant front page story. If this story is proven false every reporter on that byline needs to be looking for work.

Update: That was quick. McCain’s camp has responded to some of the allegations of undue lobbyist influence (but nothing more about the affair). You can read it here.

Update 9AM Thursday: Back to HotAir for more including a more straightforward denial at a press conference today. Also, I have to call attention to Allah’s best line evah!

What are the odds that Maverick would be linked to someone named Iceman?

All that’s missing from this scandal is a chorus of Take My Breath Away.

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