The so-called Wounded Warriors Act, legislation intended to improve health care for veterans, has attracted nearly unanimous, bipartisan support in Congress. So why would the newly formed Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America begin running a television commercial urging the citizens of South Carolina to tell Congress to pass it?
The answer lies in the commercial’s glowing images of Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican banking on a South Carolina victory to jump-start his cash-poor Republican primary campaign. The group that paid for the advertisement operates independently of Mr. McCain’s campaign, but was set up and financed by his supporters seeking to help him as much as possible up to the limits of the law.***
Mr. McCain has crusaded for years against just this sort of unencumbered political spending and has publicly called upon the foundation to stop the advertisement, a request competitors say seems half-hearted and the group’s leader has ignored.
Personally, I think this group should be able to do whatever it wants (despite the fact that I think it is exceedingly tawdry that a group is using wounded vets to engage in what is pretty clearly candidate advocacy). But John McCain doesn’t, and, as the article notes, has worked long and hard to make it very difficult for you, me, and everyone else to pool our resources to engage in political advocacy for the candidates WE like. It is just another example of John McCain’s slide from “principled” outsider maverick to the the candidate who really will say anything to get elected. John McCain’s behavior on all things, from CFR to torture to, well, you name it, has been nothing short of disgraceful since 2000. I am actually shocked he is not the candidate of choice for Greater Wingnuttia.
At any rate, hopefully this will soon pass, and we can get back to the really important issues of the day, like hyperventilating about a candidate planting questions at campaign stops (and no I don’t like it, but Christ, I thought I was supposed to be the naive one here). It is almost like people forgot about the Bush Administration ACTUALLY buying the press. Which is worse?
*** Update ***
The campaign disavows it. Will it stop?