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I used to think that McCain was not so bad.

Lawrence Lessig explains the Keating 5 ethics scandal: http://lessig.org/blog/2008/10/and_then_things_got_ugly.html

Tim Dickinson shreds McCain in this month's Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/make_believe_maverick_the_real_john_mccain

Everything that I've followed seems to check out, to the best of the Internet's ability (I have no idea how to get facts about the PoW situation). Issues aside, how could someone with this sort of past still be a viable candidate for the presidency? Also, this article offers examples to shoot down my prior argument that McCain will turn moderate once he doesn't have to worry about the election anymore. RS is biased, so it may not be that bad, but the chance that he really is as mercurial as he's looked over the last few years is really frightening to me.

A cranky Matt Taibbi's take on Palin is much funnier: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/23318320/mad_dog_palin

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Date:October 7th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
The Keating thing hasn't hurt McCain because it was 20 years ago, and because the Senate investigation cleared him -- they said "poor judgement, but no crime or breach of ethics rules."
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Date:October 7th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
It's also worth point out that he based most of his reforming image his "regret" for his actions in the Keating 5.
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Date:October 7th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
McCain has always been about supporting the popular position, whatever it may be, for McCain's own benefit. He regularly changes his position on various topics, so there's not too much we really can expect from him.

Fortunately for Democrats, the current polling in swing states is pretty solidly in favor of Obama, and it's very unlikely that McCain can make up the difference in the next month.

On the other hand, if you prefer small government, the next four years are going to be painful regardless of who wins.
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Date:October 7th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
For awhile there I was terrified that McCain was going to name Colin Powell for his running mate --- it would be the perfect ticket of politicians I once thought were cool in a third-party kind of way until they destroyed their credibility by serving the Bush administration. Now, of course, I'm more sure than ever that Powell didn't want the job, and more power to him for not wanting to work with the guy who chose Sarah Barracuda. Yeeeeeesh.
Date:October 8th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
Issues aside, how could someone with this sort of past still be a viable candidate for the presidency?

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Date:October 8th, 2008 06:21 am (UTC)
how could someone with this sort of past still be a viable candidate for the presidency?

Frightening, isn't it? That's the state of our society now.
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