On tuesday night, following the Wisconsin primary, Republican presidential nominee John McCain admitted he had the nomination wrapped up. There was no way he could lose it.
As a result, the liberal media doesn't have to pretend to love him anymore. The courtship is over. McCain is now THE ENEMY, and destroying him will be job one, just as securing him the Republican nomination was job one during the primaries. The presidential matchup the media wanted was McCain vs. Obama, which is what the matchup will be. No coincidence there.
On wednesday, the day following McCain's declaration as the nominee, right on cue, the New York Times ran a hit piece on McCain about his alleged ties to a lobbyist, bringing into question the very quality that resonates the strongest with voters about McCain, his ethical standards. No coincidence there either. The Times hit piece even suggested McCain was involved in a romantic relationship with Vicki Iseman, a telecommunications lobbyist. The alleged impropriety from McCain took place in 2000, nearly 8 years ago. I'm certain the NY Times JUST discovered this info, har-de-har, just as I'm certain that Barack Obama was selected as the keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention via a random lottery drawing.
You better get used to the attacks, Mr. McCain. This is only the beginning. Between now and november, you won't be feeling that same old love from the media to which you are accustomed. The same media who so abhorred the "swift-boating" of John Kerry in 2004 is going to revel in kicking you in the groin for the next 8 1/2 months. Your age will be called into question. Your temperament will be called into question. Your military record will be called into question. Your senate record will be spun until you don't even recognize yourself. They will call you Bush II. They will call you a warmonger, divisive, a neocon, a fascist, unstable, senile, mean, a racist, out for the rich, and a flip-flopper.
And the entire time they are doing it, they will be complaining about the negative campaign being waged by the Republican attack machine against poor Barack Obama. If you think I'm kidding, just take note and watch it happen.
Here's the response to the Times hit piece from the McCain camp:
"He has never violated the public trust, never done favors for special interests or lobbyists, and he will not allow a smear campaign to distract from the issues at stake in this election," the campaign said in a statement issued by its communications director, Jill Hazelbaker.
"Americans are sick and tired of this kind of gutter politics, and there is nothing in this story to suggest that John McCain has ever violated the principles that have guided his career."
Call the NY Times hit piece a Dear "John" letter. They are breaking up.
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