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Who Says John McCain Is a Hypocrite? NYT Article Brings Out Complaints of Hypocrisy on Lobbyists, Special Interests

Sat February 23 2008 6:09 am  http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=2801
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The New York Times put out an article that presidential candidate John McCain might have had an affair with former lobbyist Vicki Iseman in 1999-2000. The range of reaction of the electorate has included cries that the article was an unfit attempt to smear McCain (Bill O’Reilly) to “Oh no, not this affair stuff again” (the electorate and populace) to charges of the hypocrisy of McCain not upholding his own standards on lobbyists and special interests.

A little background: Charges of McCain hypocrisy on Special Interests is nothing new …

The Huffington Post: HuffPost Exclusive: More Lobbyists On McCain Staff Than Any Other 08 Candidate

The Huffington Post’s Thomas Edsall reported on McCain lobbyist hypocrisy back in June 2007 stated that GOP Presidential candidate John McCain, “who made his name attacking special interests, has more lobbyists working on his staff or as advisers than any of his competitors, Republican or Democrat.”

On the McCain-Iseman Lobbyist Scandal …
Plenty of current criticism aligned with the New York Times article, such as the following two articles …

The Huffington Post: McCain: The ‘Anti-Lobbyist’ Who Works With Lobbyists

Washington Post: The Anti-Lobbyist, Advised by Lobbyists

The Sexual Relationship Question …

TheAtlantic.com (blog by Matthew Yglesias): McCain and Iseman

Certainly it’d be a bit rich of McCain to get outraged that anyone would even suggest that he might engage in sexual improprieties. After all, it’s well known that he repeatedly cheated on his first wife Carol, of a number of years, with a variety of women, before eventually dumping her for a much-younger heiress whose family fortune was able to help finance his political career. That’s well known, I should say, except to the electorate, who would probably find that this sort of behavior detracts from McCain’s “character” appeal.

Many just feel the New York Time McCain-Iseman article degrades the reputation of the New York Times …

Slate (Reply Comment): Unfit to Print

Thanks to lack of evidence, the article reads not like an exposé but like an elaborate and extended piece of insinuation.

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