McCain’s train completely derailed


Several weeks ago, I wrote about Sen. John McCain’s train to the White House. I said McCain would be a good commander-in-chief if he were elected president. Even though I was always opposed to invading Iraq, I still thought his military background and prisoner of war experience would at least restore some integrity in the White House. It turns out I was wrong.

You would think being tortured himself by the Vietnamese, he would honor the Geneva Convention and be opposed to the torture technique of waterboarding.

You would think he would be opposed to the government using private telephone companies to bypass the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and spy on international phone calls to and from Americans. You would think he would be opposed to granting immunity to phone companies breaking the law and violating our constitution.

You would think he would want to end the war in Iraq and bring closure to the killing of thousands of innocent civilians. But that is not the case.

Apparently, McCain is wearing Bush’s rubber stamp of higher intelligence and common sense on his forehead. He seems to be the apostle for Bush’s strategy of breaking international law and writing a new constitution.

McCain jokingly says he thinks we will be in Iraq for the next hundred years, which means he is not looking for a victory in Iraq that would create independence for the Iraqi people. Instead, he is following the Bush policy of colonizing the Arab world.

Last week added even more doubt about his personal integrity and his political ability to be president of the United States.

McCain, along with Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., spearheaded the Campaign Reform Act of 2002. It amended the Federal Election Campaign Act, which regulates the financing of political campaigns. McCain always argued that lobbyists should be limited in the amount of campaign contributions they give to their favorite candidates because it gives them too much influence. He preached to the Senate that lobbyists have too much power and the exchange of campaign contributions for personal and corporate favors should be eliminated. The question is, does he practice what he preaches?

Last week, the New York Times printed a story about McCain having an affair with a female lobbyist and granting personal favors to her corporate employer, Paxson Communications.

McCain was the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee in 1992. Paxson Communications sent its lobbyist, Miss Iseman, to McCain asking him to write a letter to the FCC, urging it to speed up the regulatory process and investigation of one of its radio stations in Pittsburgh.

Miss Iseman was very convincing. After a few visits with Iseman, McCain wrote not just one letter but two. In return for the favor, he received $20,000 for his campaign fund, bringing Paxson’s total political contributions for McCain to $80,000. It appears he did exactly what he told the public he was opposed to: He exchanged a favor for campaign funds.

McCain told the New York Times he didn’t meet with Paxson or Miss Iseman before he wrote the two letters and that he didn’t have an affair with Iseman. But an ex-Paxson employee told the Washington Post that McCain “probably” met Iseman two weeks before he wrote the letters. During that same period, his staff was concerned about McCain’s interest in Iseman, saying they had to “protect McCain from himself” and they shielded him from Iseman. Hmm! I wonder what that meant?

McCain told a press conference that the times had no “proof” of an affair and they have an affidavit signed by him stating he had no personal affair with Iseman.

Well, all of that might be true , but if I remember correctly, back in 1987 another presidential candidate, Sen. Gary Hart, D-Col., was accused of having an extramarital affair. He told the same New York Times the rumors were not true and if they thought they were, they “should follow me around…They’ll be very bored.” NBC did and said, “We did. We weren’t.”

The reporters from the Miami Herald also followed him around and photographed Hart and a woman – not his wife, Donna Rice – sitting on Hart’s lap on a yacht off the Bimini coast. The yacht was appropriately named “Monkey Business.”

Despite his womanizing, Hart was being considered as a Cabinet member if John Kerry won his election. He is still a consideration as director of national intelligence if the Democrats win this year’s elections. Talk about monkey business.

McCain is also in trouble with the Catholics; he accepted an endorsement from Rev. Hagee, an evangelistic preacher of hate from the pulpit of the South.

Hagee is saying the Catholic church was on the side of the Nazis in opposition to the Jews. He says that Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment for homosexual sin and made negative statements about women and slavery. But McCain will not refuse his support.

McCain said Hagee “supports what I stand for and believe in.” Tom McMahon, executive director of the Democratic National Committee, said McCain’s “embrace of Hagee raises serious questions about John McCain’s character and willingness to do anything to win.”

So if you add up McCain’s attitude about war, illegal torture, international spying and total disregard for our constitution and throw in his personal and political ties to a female lobbyist, the chance of McCain’s train making it to the White House is slim.

But when you mix in his alliance with an anti-Catholic preacher from the South, McCain’s political train seems to be completely derailed.


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