After McCain made a statement to the press denouncing the NY Times story, he took several questions from them. I couldn't help but notice that he looked like a frightened little deer caught in the headlights of the usually friendly media. He was very passive and it's so unlike him.
Dana Bash: (John Weaver) and what he said was that he did speak with Ms. Iseman and he wanted to tell her was that he was hearing that she was telling people around town, that she had influence with you, that he was worried back then that, just like it would today, it would undermine your campaign and that's why he went to her. Knowing that, did he make the right move?
McCain: I don't know because again, I never discussed it with John Weaver and so, as far as I know there was no necessity for it. That's a judgement that he made so you'll have to discuss it with him. I did not know anything about it.
It reminded me about the Clemens steroid case. Andy Pettitte, a good friend of Roger's told the Mitchell Report that Clemens admitted he did use steroids. Clemens, like McCain didn't know why he said that.
Here's my first question for all the media types who have been covering McCain: why is it that any negative story about his myriad lobbyist connections gets relegated to the back pages -- the A17 story death knell? Anyone know -- because I'd love to hear the scoop.
And Marcy asks:
For the moment, though, I'm more interested in the 2004 election--the one McCain didn't run in. You see, I find it a mighty curious coincidence that two of the companies for which Iseman was lobbying John McCain in 1999 and 2000--the time of their potentially inappropriate relationship--also happen to be the two television companies that championed the Kerry smear, "Stolen Honor," in 2004.
The real story is how close John McCain worked with lobbyists to promote their interests. Let's see the MSM dig into this a bit further, shall we? And how nice is it to have Robert Bennett, McCain's paid attorney go on teevee and defend McCain's honor by practically calling him the last honest man?