Politics

Feb 22, 2008

US08: Old gray lady kicks American hero in the balls

The John McCain affair scandal is of great interest to the religious conservatives who would ordinarily regard the NY Times as vomited directly up from hell, writes Guy Rundle.

Old gray lady kicks American hero in the balls – read all about it. The New York Times, the aforementioned gray dame, hit the streets and the screens last night with a page one splash suggesting that John McCain had been involved in close and personal negotiations with a 32-year-old blonde petite telecoms lobbyist Vicki Iseman, eight years ago. Or to put it more precisely – they reported the concerns of unnamed McCain staffers about the relationship, and the problems it might cause for the Senator in the future, given his determination to run on an anti-lobbyist, anti-corruption campaign.

The Times has had a lead on the story since Christmas, and claims it was holding onto it to try and further nail it down – going to press now only because it was about to be beaten to the punch by centre-right liberal weekly The New Republic. Whether true or not, the timing is, at the very least, provident for Barack Obama – just as the leaders of both parties decisively swing their guns towards each other, loaded with ammunition decrying the special interests and entrenched corruption, McCain's deep involvement with the twilight world of K Street, the lobbyists' row – pretty much inevitable for a professional politician of any duration – comes to the centre of the debate, leaving Obama clear space to present himself as the cleanskin challenger to the power elite.

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5 thoughts on “US08: Old gray lady kicks American hero in the balls

  1. James Kenny

    Methinks Guy partook of the usual journos poison to excess…..

  2. steve carey

    And subscribe to what Tony? Granny or the Age? These (and Don Watson’s stuff) are the best colour pieces I have read about politics and the American mood, as perceived by an Australian, in a long time, I hope they are made into a collection.

  3. tony paul

    Faux Gonzo from a paleoredneck. It really is time to unsubscribe.

  4. John Purcell

    Look’s like a great article from what I have read. Is there any way I can get a translation? Guy baby must know what he is talking about otherwise he would’nt be on Crikey! Wouldn’t he?

    Kind regards,
    JP

  5. James Kenny

    Methinks Guy partook of the usual journos poison to excess…..

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