All the news unfit to printThe New York Times, rather than stick to stories that actually make sense, has chosen to get into the gutter against John McCain:
Mr. McCain, 71, and the lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, 40, both say they never had a romantic relationship. But to his advisers, even the appearance of a close bond with a lobbyist whose clients often had business before the Senate committee Mr. McCain led threatened the story of redemption and rectitude that defined his political identity.
Of course the Times proceeds to provide no proof of the allegation, which may indeed be true since Washington tends not only to be a center of political corruption, but also a cesspool of lust. As might be expected, John McCain adamantly denies any affair with his lobbyist friend:
McCain described the woman in question, lobbyist Vicki Iseman, as a friend.
The newspaper quoted anonymous aides as saying they had urged McCain and Iseman to stay away from each other prior to his failed presidential campaign in 2000. In its own follow-up story, The Washington Post quoted longtime aide John Weaver, who split with McCain last year, as saying he met with lobbyist Iseman and urged her to steer clear of McCain.
Weaver told the Times he arranged the meeting before the 2000 campaign after "a discussion among the campaign leadership" about Iseman.
But McCain said he was unaware of any such conversation, and denied that his aides ever tried to talk to him about his interactions with Iseman.
"I never discussed it with John Weaver. As far as I know, there was no necessity for it," McCain said. "I don't know anything about it," he added. "John Weaver is a friend of mine. He remains a friend of mine. But I certainly didn't know anything of that nature."
John McCain is learning the cardinal truth of how the modern media works. Up to now he has been the darling of the press because he is perceived by them as good since he has "stood up" to his own party. He is still a Republican, however, and he is standing in the way of history-or so the press perceives it.
If the McCain camp believed that his maverick image would cause the press to treat him fairly during a General Election campaign, they have likely received a rude awakening.