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John McCain's 'friend'

Posted Thursday, February 21, 2008, at 12:32 PM

So does married John McCain have a girlfriend?

Obviously we don't know yet if there's a "relationship" with a lobbyist whose clients he allegedly favored. One of the things I've learned over the years is not to give too much credence to unproven personal allegations.

But extremely vehement reactions from the accused, as opposed to simple denials and shrugging off the accusations, often are signs that there's at least some truth involved to the claims.

Watch McCain and see how he reacts while considering that he's said to be hot-tempered. Look at his body language: Arms crossed tightly while speaking? Looking directly at questioners and TV cameras -- or looking away with eyes averted or darting from side to side? And listen to his words: Repeatedly, over and over and over and over again, denying the same thing?

If, instead of a simple denial, he points his finger at TV cameras and insists, "I did NOT..." (ever seen that before??) it could indicate something as well.

Can't help but wonder what Hillary's take on this will be, if she can find time to look past Barack Obama in the Democratic primary. Or, especially, if outspoken Bill has a comment on this one.


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ok I am confused here. While I am not a John McCain fan isn't this just a rumor as of now? Isn't this very much like the "smears" about Obama being a radical or a Muslim or a homosexual drug user? Of course minus the part about being able to call whoever says it a racist.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 1:08 PM

Do you have a link to this? I don't watch much national TV.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 1:09 PM

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/p...

-- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 1:11 PM

Thanks.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 1:21 PM

I've been watching these gossip reports on tv. I find it hard to believe, but you just never know. His wife is very pretty and , uh, younger, but I can't pin-point her personality. Kinda snooty-ish I think. Yes, he looks like he would like to cuss someone out or punch 'em one.

-- Posted by mmp84 on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 1:38 PM

So how believable do all of you think these allegations are -- and do you think the originating sources, the New York Times and Washington Post, are out to get McCain?

We hear so much about the "liberal media" being so ready to pile on and attack Republicans.

Yet insider talk among the media covering the campaigns is that McCain has been particularly media-friendly on his campaign plane while Obama is aloof toward reporters.

Wonder if these allegations will change anything?

-- Posted by David Melson on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 1:44 PM

It is funny how things don't get "reported" until people start running scared.

-- Posted by clarabelle on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 6:10 PM

Same can be said about the folks who report falsities about Obama and Clinton...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 6:23 PM

It is funny how things don't get "reported" until people start running scared.

-- Posted by clarabelle on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 6:10 PM

If youre implication of "running scared" is indicative of people being scared of getting another whacko in office, who will be just like who we've had for the last 7 years?? Then yeah, I will help them find any possible dirt on McCain. The way to start fixing problems does not begin by keeping the same people in charge. When GM, Ford, etc starts losing market share and profits are nonexistant, do they keep the exact same board of directors in place? Or do they aspire to "shake things up" and get them back to where they once were? I am telling you now, if you think Enron was a horrible situation, then imagine the entire country being treated the same way, well folks, it is happening. And until we change this tyrannical, unilateralist mentality, we can only expect it to continue. The true hope for our country won't win because the media [part of the problem with America] didn't acknowledge him. How pathetic is that.

McCain is alot like a battery that's 7 years old, all the warranty has expired and a new one needs to replace it, otherwise you just keep adding more problems to a once perfect car!

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 6:35 PM

ok I am confused here. While I am not a John McCain fan isn't this just a rumor as of now? Isn't this very much like the "smears" about Obama being a radical or a Muslim or a homosexual drug user? Of course minus the part about being able to call whoever says it a racist.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 1:08 PM

Well, you didn't seem to think the SMEAR campaign and rumors about Obama were simply those... In fact you stated them as fact, time and time again. This is no different, you should have used the same judgement in the prior blogs...

Though I was merely reading, and not commenting, I do find the irony quite puzzling.

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 9:11 PM

Then is guess that means McCain supporters can use the same defense "So what if he did?"

-- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 9:27 PM

Then is guess that means McCain supporters can use the same defense "So what if he did?"

-- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 9:27 PM

Umm, NO b/c there are stark contrasts between as you call "RUMORS" and FACTS, something you seem to have a terrible time at distinguishing the difference between.

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 9:30 PM

Curious about this article:

No named sources

Sources are former staffers, not current

Apparently occurred during the 2000 election cycle, not recent

It's the New York Times

Now I'm no journalist, but does this sound just a little fishy? The paper had been working on this story for some time but did not know if it should print it. I'm not a McCain homer but geeez give me a break. It seems to me they just threw stuff out there hoping something would stick. As far as his denial, talk about a no win.

He says nothing-Well he's keeping mum and regrouping to come up with a plausible story.

He flatly denies it- He's downplaying the whole thing hoping it'll go away.

He strongly denies it- WELL you know what they say about the guilty dog.....

I'd be a little more impressed with the whole thing had the NYT actually done some journalism. But hey like I said I'm no journalist.

-- Posted by Tim Baker on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 9:32 PM

I just wished this "friendly" lobbyist would have helped out Bush rather than McCain, so perhaps Republicans could finally find a reason to impeach him...

But only Democrats do those sorts of things anyways... Ok Republicans, let's pretend this didn't happen just like you did when you lambasted Clinton for nearly a year, for essentially the same B.S. Am I not surprised that they only see the "deplorable moral" of Democrats. I think most Conservatives simply don't know what mirrors are. Because if they did, they'd look into them a few times before pointing across the aisle. They pointed fingers 10 years ago, but what they didn't realize that when they do that, 3 more are pointing right back at them.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 9:44 PM

I just find it amusing that when its a Democrat in office(aka Clinton) that is committing an affair then the Republicans say he needs to be impeached but when it comes to one of their own committing adultery or soliciting gay sex in a bathroom then the Republicans are defending him to their last breath.

No one is perfect and I could care less who they sleep with as long as they do the job that they are elected to do and do it well.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 8:12 AM

No one is perfect and I could care less who they sleep with as long as they do the job that they are elected to do and do it well.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 8:12 AM

I second that!

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 8:58 AM

No one is perfect and I could care less who they sleep with as long as they do the job that they are elected to do and do it well.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 8:12 AM

I second that!

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 8:58 AM

I third that, but typically the Republicans don't.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 9:56 PM

New York Times Editor stated " That the story should not have been reported because there is no factual evidence that it ever happened" Yesterday.

I'm not surprised because every election, the Mudslinging starts.

I'm not a fan of any of the present presidential Candidates.

-- Posted by framestraight on Sun, Feb 24, 2008, at 11:33 PM

The New York SLIME - that paper really has no credibility anymore -

I think McCain is a class act - at least he's not a draft dodger!

-- Posted by puppydinks on Wed, Feb 27, 2008, at 11:06 AM

I would be a draft dodger as well.. Why? Because it's an oxymoron to claim to be a "free" nation, yet FORCE people to be in the military... Kinda flies in the face of our values...

-- Posted by jesuslovesevery1 on Fri, Feb 29, 2008, at 5:16 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.