But not without some reservations. If you haven't heard about it the NYTimes piece, For McCain, Self-Confidence on Ethics Poses its Own Risks, has stirred up a hornet's nest of unsavory info on Sen. McCain. Some of it, like McCain's role in the Keating 5 has been discussed on this blog, and I feel it's worth discussing, since McCain's obviously got some kind of love-hate thing going on between special interests. My reservation about this Times hit is the way they bring up alleged "inappropriate behavior" between McCain and a younger lobbyist. Look, I understand that sex scandals sell more than financial scandals even though the latter has historically been much more important to the American public and less obscene, but could we please grow up for a moment? I don't care much if McCain was having an affair, that's between him and his wife; and, if she's half way smart, she should know of the Senator's liking of the women-folk. (Especially since she was the woman he left his wife for) But are we still stuck in some type of Puritan mentality that says the just because a man and a woman are behind closed doors they must be bumping uglies? I mean, are we this immature?
Regardless, the bottom line on this one: It won't end McCain's run, but it sure won't help him get any new votes come the general election. He'll lose some independent votes because of the lobbyist hypocrisies, but, surprising to some, he won't lose the few religious voters he's got. For some strange reason they only seem to care about sex scandals when the perpetrator has the last name Clinton.