Scandalous…He’s so scandalous.
Oh noes! McCain scandal!
Dangerous and ambitious, while schemin on gettin riches
I’m spittin at tricks cause I’m addicted to pretty bitches
Currency motivated, not easily terminated
Now that we made it, my homiez can never be faded
Oh yeah. He’s so skandalouz.
Everyone’s heard aboutthis story by now.
What negative effect will it have on McCain’s candidacy? I’m gonna go out on a limb and make a prediction: None.
That’s right. None.
The story came out on Wednesday evening, one day after McCain effectively locked up the GOP nomination. There aren’t any more contests for two weeks, so the story has time to make its way through the news cycle and die. Even if there’s still some negative press for the next couple of primaries, this story cannot last until after the conventions. Six months is an eternity in political time. Don’t believe me? Six months ago, Rudolph Giuliani was the front-running Republican.
We don’t have a dedicated cable news channel or a slew of radio talk shows to keep flogging this (a la Whitewater), and we probably wouldn’t, anyway. So he may have had an affair eight years ago. That’s shitty, but it’s a private matter for the McCains to sort out. I’m deliberately ignoring the lobbyist/influence peddling angle, because that’s not the sort of story that sticks, and that’s not how I saw the story presented on television. They’re playing up the affair part–naturally, since it’s the less serious, more salacious, higher-ratings-getting portion of the story. I’d like for this to make a dent in the MegaMaverick image (because it really is just an image), but fat fucking chance of that happening.
The McCain people were on all the morning shows (Today, GMA, etc) and the cable channels pushing back today, touting McCain’s honesty (and using made-up words like “legitimatize”) and pimping the story that Walnuts McBlowuptheworld is the nemesis of lobbyists and special interests. Interestingly, they’re not as worried about the affair angle. They know what’s important–the “Straight Talk” image. That’s the kind of storyline that pays off, and thus must be guarded jealously.
If anything, I’d guess this will boost McCain’s wingnut cred. You know, the “liberal” NY Times is attacking another poor Republican, etc. Remember–no matter what happens, it’s always good news for Republicans!
Anyway, that’s the way I see it. Hows about you?