Friday, May 23, 2008

McCain's Reformist Talk Is Shredding His Campaign

The John McCain the press loves and adores is more myth than man. He talks a good game when he is doing his shpeel, but in reality, he is just as deep in the mud as any other politician that sucks at the teat of the Washington Lobbyist Cabal. As the talk of Clinton v. Obama subsides and the narrative switches over to Obama v. McCain, the tough talk is going to be scrutinized on both sides, whether McCain or his sycophants in the press like it or not. The hypocrisy of who is in his campaign as opposed to what he says about lobbyists is finally starting to bite him in the ass, as several lobbyist/campaign aides have been let go, yet those five are just the tip of the iceberg.

From The Huffington Post:

In glaring defiance of such reformist claims, McCain selected former Texas Congressman Thomas G. Loeffler as his national finance co-chairman, despite the fact that Loeffler matches to perfection those officials McCain demonizes, the ones who pass through a revolving door in order to "leave their posts and become lobbyists for the special interests they have aided."

After dumping Loeffler and four other high-dollar Capitol Hill rainmakers, McCain is twisting in the wind as he tries to justify retaining in key campaign posts three other leaders of the special interest community: Campaign Manager Rick Davis, senior strategist Charles (Charlie) Black and top foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann. Every one of them would feel more pride than shame in being described as "special interest lobbyists with the fattest wallets and best access who carry the day when issues of public policy are being decided."

Once a politician is forced down the path of ethical purity, however, the genuine difficulty emerges with the realization that few if any of the men and women who help run campaigns have clean hands.

Were McCain to decide to really turn over a new leaf, what would he do, for example, in the case of Mike Hudome, president of MH Media in Bethesda, Md., a firm which has been paid $10.6 million for television ads by the current McCain campaign? Year in, year out, who pays the bread and butter fees that keep food on Hudome's kitchen table? Just take a quick trip on the web to MH Media's web site and you will get a taste of the kind of work MH Media does.

If you click on the link, you can see that they are working for the cigarette industry, fighting those pesky local governments that want to reduce smoking through taxation. Nearly everyone that has influence in his campaign is a lobbyist and McCain knows it. The lobbyists don't care, that game is their bread and butter. They, nor anyone that takes a look at the whole picture knows that someone who talks a tough game on the outside yet is soft on the inside is a fraud. John McCain's Straight Talk Express derailed a long time ago and it is only a matter of time before the nation sees a decrepit, rusted-out bus on the side of the road with his name on it.