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March 25, 2008

McCain's credibility gap

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Keven Drum wonders, 'Why does John McCain get away with routine demonstrations of abject ignorance and rank hypocrisy?'

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The linked article behaves oddly (at least with a Firefox browser on Linux).
Clicking on the link in Lindsay's article brings up a page that begins with:

Political Animal
by Kevin Drum
March 24, 2008
McCAIN'S CRED....Via Steve Benen, MSNBC analyst Chuck Todd tells us why John McCain can get away with routine demonstrations of abject ignorance...

But before you have time to take in any more than that, the whole page goes away and is replaced with a page from blogads.com

The fix: As soon as the body of the page appears, and before the white rectangle at the top of the page gets filled in, either click the STOP button, or hit the ESC key.

'Why does John McCain get away with routine demonstrations of abject ignorance and rank hypocrisy?'

Why?

Because McCain's primary constituency is the press ... the first people he campaigned to really, even starting back in 99 was the press, and he's been carrying it on to this day.

If you can get the press thinking you're a great guy, then you're half way there - or so the theory goes.

Anyone remember this?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47407-2004Aug30.html

"Sen. John McCain tended to his political base Sunday night: the entire national media. The maverick Arizona Republican, once (and future?) presidential aspirant and press secretary's dream hosted a hyper-exclusive 68th birthday party for himself at La Goulue on Madison Avenue, leaving no media icon behind. Guests included NBC's Tom Brokaw and Tim Russert, ABC's Peter Jennings, Barbara Walters, Ted Koppel and George Stephanopoulos, CBS's Mike Wallace, Dan Rather and Bob Schieffer, CBS News President AndrewHeyward, ABC News chief David Westin, Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons, CNN's Judy Woodruff and Jeff Greenfield, MSNBC's Chris Matthews, CNBC's Gloria Borger, PBS's Charlie Rose -- pause here to exhale -- and U.S. News & World Report publisher Mort Zuckerman, Washington Post Chairman Don Graham, New York Times columnists William Safire and David Brooks, author Michael Lewis and USA Today columnist Walter Shapiro. They and others dined on lobster salad, loin of lamb, assorted wines, creme brulee, lemon souffle and French tarts."

Dude throws a mean party.

Free booze and shrimp and steak on the StraightTalk Express, too. Heck, I wouldn't want that party to end if I was a reporter.

Ryan Lizza in a recent New Yorker article tries to describe McCain mesmerizing MSM types with his flashes of honesty and barbecue-foo. I am not so convinced.

And there is also book by Brock and Waldman that gives an accounting for this lapse of critical attention.

Ryan Lizza in a recent New Yorker article tries to describe McCain mesmerizing MSM types with his flashes of honesty and barbecue-foo. I am not so convinced.

And there is also book by Brock and Waldman that gives an accounting for this lapse of critical attention.

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