One more thought about McCain’s new pay-for-play scandal*. Unless I’m wrong about this, using a major committee chair to enrich an alleged illicit sex partner seems like a fairly serious breach of public trust. In fact it seems like exactly the sort of offense that the Congressional ethics committees exist to deal with. Good luck arguing that it matters less than Larry Craig’s indirect attempt to use his Senate ID card to intimidate a Minneapolis airport cop, and look how swiftly Tim Johnson’s committee dealt with that. To me me it seems that the risk of raising David Broder’s precious eyebrows is outweighed by the fact that McCain potentially committed a pretty serious breach. At the very least McCain deserves a formal chance to clear his name.
(*) My official entry in the scandal naming contest – submit your own in the comments!
Greg Sargent wonders at TPM whether the story is a John Solomon all-bun-no-beef special. Could be, though Sargent does grant, based on later reporting at the WaPo, that the lobbying angle at least could have (cough) legs. Three things that we do know for sure is that the current news cycle really sucks for John McCain, his former staffers don’t have a problem fanning the flames, and timing suggests that a Republican contender set the whole thing in motion.