An acquaintance who once worked for McCain in the 2000 campaign writes of his pain watching the “new model” John McCain, courtesy of the Karl Rove Machine.
I saw brief flashes of JSM’s ambition at times when I worked for him but he more than made up for it with his character and his exhortations to “causes greater than our own self interest.” Little did we know that that cause to which he referred would turn out to be his own self interest.To see someone like John McCain use the same tactics and ally himself with the same intolerant nitwits that he once decried is disgraceful. The people who are running the campaign and advising McCain are the same people who masterminded sleaze phone calls branding Mrs. McCain as a drug addict and referring to their adopted daughter from Bangladesh as their “black baby.” What kind of a man are you to not only tolerate these dirtbags in your presence but to employ them to do the same to your opponents? How is it so easy for this “man of honor” to forgive and forget such awful slights?I still believe that the man meant what he said eight years ago. Perhaps it was in his own ultimate interest but he did want to reform the system, take the corrosive influence of money out of politics and create an effective and coherent foreign and military policy. If we needed any additional proof that our political system is destroyed, it is John McCain. In eight short years, the lobbyists and the GOP have transformed a rebel who wanted to change the system into a lapdog who will do anything to further his own career. That’s power and the ultimate failing of our system. It will bring out the hypocrisy and political and moral compromise in almost anyone who stays involved for a great enough time. The sprit that the Vietnamese could not break was cheaply purchased by the Republican party. I’m sure that John McCain does not think of himself as a political whore but, if it walks like a duck . . .There is just a small sense of satisfaction and humor in seeing these Republican party lemmings talking about how John McCain is the greatest thing ever. They were the ones that we battled eight years ago who considered him the anti-Christ. The irony of politics never ceases to amaze me.
But the press has only one objective, to make a very close contest. And that means taling down the frontrunner whenever possible.
It’s really sad to see how cheap the press can be bought in an age when their own power is being questioned.