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MEDIA FIREWORKS: MCCAIN PLEADS WITH NY TIMES TO SPIKE STORY
Thu Dec 20 2007 10:56:57 ET
Just weeks away from a possible surprise victory in the primaries, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz has been waging a ferocious behind the scenes battle with the NEW YORK TIMES, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned, and has hired DC power lawyer Bob Bennett to mount a bold defense against charges of giving special treatment to a lobbyist!
McCain has personally pleaded with NY TIMES editor Bill Keller not to publish the high-impact report involving key telecom legislation before the Senate Commerce Committee, newsroom insiders tell the DRUDGE REPORT.
The paper's Jim Rutenberg has been leading the investigation and is described as beyond frustrated with McCain's aggressive and angry efforts to stop any and all publication.
The drama involves a woman lobbyist who may have helped to write key telecom legislation.
The woman in question has retained counsel and strongly denies receiving any special treatment from McCain.
Rutenberg, along with reporter David Kirkpatrick, has been developing the story for the last 6 weeks.
Rutenberg had hoped to break the story before the Christmas holiday, sources reveal, but editor Keller expressed serious reservations about jounalism ethics and issuing a damaging story so close to an election.
McCain campaign officials Rick Davis, Charlie Black and Mark Salter are also said to have met with the NEW YORK TIMES in an effort to halt publication.
Maybe he and Hillary had more than a ‘drink’ together.
I can’t vote for McInsane anyway. All I want him to do is GO AWAY...
The story will be in the details.
If it were a run-of-the-mill lobbying story, one wonders how hard Mr. McCain would be trying to get the New York Times to back off.
ouuhhh...you gonna make Hillary’s girlfriend mad.
First off McCain and Hillry are the best of best friends, well maybe after JFKerry. Second the liberal media, including S$ORO$ owes John McCain the most of all politicians running including Hillry. We are more likely to see McCain running with Hillry than against her when all this media making and breaking the rest of these presidential candidates ends.
Most people I know view McCain as their second or third choice.
Where his votes, among people ranking him #1 will go, I have no idea.
By the way: having a lobbyist write legislation is nothing new — it’s standard procedure on the Hill. And there’s not anything necessarily wrong with it. Lobbyists usually have superior information on their subject. Of course, it’s Members who introduce legislation, so the responsibility is theirs.
Every time I see one of these I’m afraid it’s gonna be someone I know!
Ususally they like to destroy Republicans AFTER they get the nomination...
“...has hired DC power lawyer Bob Bennett to mount a bold defense against charges of giving special treatment to a lobbyist!”
The tongue bath McCain provided was no different than the special favors McCain gives to every lobbyist. :)
Are the long knives coming out this week or what?
“You don’t hire Bennett unless it’s a major MAJOR problem.”
Yup. If there is NOTHING there, why hire a high powered attorney? Having been the champion of CFR, it would be ironic if this part of the political obituary on McCain - hoisted on his own petard.
Which GOP presidential candidate would bear the greatest advantage of having McCain gone?
“Most people I know view McCain as their second or third choice.”
Yeah. He’s my second or third choice, depending on how you count.
But about 10% of folks have him as their first choice.
A significant shift of those folks primarily to one candidate would change the race.
All right I’ll play along. Though it will probably be something like he and Edwards had a lovefest at Hilton Head or something. Or maybe the NYTimes gave him the MoveOn.organ rate for an ad. Now THAT would be newsworthy!
The two positives about Senator McCain is that he is pro-life and pro-defense.
Assuming that both of those are important to his supporters, then they could not go to Giuliani who is a declared anti-lifer. All Republicans (except Paul) claim to be pro-Defense.
Romney’s support of the life issue is political opportunism, and most know that.
Thompson needs to make a statement, though. He needs things to break his way and to get a big positive in the news this week. If he does, then I think McCain’s supporters go his way. Otherwise, they go to the entire group except Giuliani and Paul. (And Tancredo who announces his quitting the campaign today, I think.)
"First off McCain and Hillry are the best of best friends..."
Clinton's lawyer. It figures!
Also, Akbar's mugshots from his recent arrest up on the Blog.
Also, some background on the story up at www.thirdpartywatch.com
McCane is a mormon?
I just thought of something:
McCain is Romney’s only real competition in New Hampshire. A huge Romney win there could cause real momentum. Momentum that can carry to Michigan, Nevada, and South Carolina.
Heck, if this hurts McCain then it looks like Ron Paul may very well come in second in NH.
Couldn't that description be used for ANY candidate who isn't currently leading in the primary polling?
Mr. CFR involved in something like this!?!?
Where is the I am shocked guy?
Possibly it’s just becasue when your loaded, you can hire the best.
“McCain reported his assets at $21 million to $32 million.”
I think that Sen. Thompson has the inside track on this group.
Mr. Thompson has actually taken significant criticism for being viewed as too close in the past to Sen. McCain. I believe that Sen. Thompson endorsed Sen. McCain in 2000, and may have served some semi-official role in the campaign.
Up until their divergence on immigration, little separated the two. Both are moderate conservatives, pro-life, pro-defense, have persuasively positioned themselves as fiscal conservatives (although Sen. McCain used that rhetoric to originally oppose the Bush tax cuts).
I wouldn’t be surprised if many McCain supporters were aware that the two men have been close, and are friends, and will return their appreciation for Sen. Thompson’s past support with their support should it turn out that their candidate is circling the drain.
I don’t think so.
He’ll need every bleeding red cent to pay Bennett and company.
“Heck, if this hurts McCain then it looks like Ron Paul may very well come in second in NH.”
... Ron Paul is behind this??
See post 65.
I think it’s a little early to be throwing another one of our candidates under the bus, simply because of a partial story with few details that the New York Times is thinking about running a negative article about him right before the primaries when it sounds like both principles involved strongly deny the facts.
We didn’t used to be so quick to give the MSM credence. Remember 2004 and the “dissappearing weapons” story? Right before the election, New York Times, “such a serious story had to be told”, and then after the election, we’ve never heard another word about that “important” story.
Maybe McCain did something wrong, maybe he didn’t. I’m certain that if this was something about Thompson’s time in the Senate, we wouldn’t be writing his obituary before we had any of the evidence.
Isn't this SOP in DC?
Yep it was shocking how the Keating Five all pretty much skated. And you are correct the MSM has had that to keep him in line from that point on.
Smells like politics Arkansas style.
Remember who the lawyer was that made his name offfff the Keating Five????
LOL ! As unbelievable as it truly is , yes there is actually a McPain ping list ...
There had better be more to the story than this. A lobbyist's job is to try to influence the legislative process, and drafting proposed legislation is one of the ways they do this. BFD.
Watch it be a lobbyist for LULAC or Tyson.
If I was looking for a Republican to blame, I’d blame Mitt Romney. He benefits most.
Then again Dr. Paul might just be wilier than any of us ever imagined.Actually I'll just blame Clinton Inc. for this because they know McC could beat them.
Soros and his Open Society Institute are also heavy contributors to McCain's "Reform" PAC.
Recall that Soros has always favored "campaign finance reform". And got what he wanted in McCain-Feingold -- which empowewred him to buy the Democrat party.
“There had better be more to the story than this. A lobbyist’s job is to try to influence the legislative process, and drafting proposed legislation is one of the ways they do this. BFD.”
Only time will tell.
The story seems to have gotten Sen. McCain’s knickers in a twist. He’s gone out and hired one of the most prominent, expensive, and well-reputed criminal defense attorneys in Washington, DC.
Perhaps he’s overreacting.
What a bogus story...the Telecom bill was PULLED by Dirty Harry on Tuesday with help from Joe Biden! If you’ll remember it was going to give us cable users a CHOICE (i.e. dumping programs such as PBS and Bill Moyers) on what we could watch. Guess all you McCain haters get what you want now. Enjoy BET, MSNBC and CNN suckers!
Although, McCain supports federal funding for embryonic stem cell research - Romney and Thompson do not. And McCain fought the President on Patriot Act powers, Gitmo procedures and "torture" definitions - Romney and Thompson did not.
Good work with the tongue.