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March 25, 2006

McCain’s at it again.

Crypto-antimaverick McCain just keeps giving and giving.

After hiring Terry Nelson as an advisor, a bloke who was last seen aiding and abetting Tom DeLay’s money-funneling machinations, McCain appeared on a Seattle radio show where a caller questioned his decision, saying, “For a reformer, I'm kind of curious why he would hire a guy like Terry Nelson as a senior advisor… I'm curious why would you hire someone with such a shady background?”

And then the fun began.

MCCAIN: None of those charges are true.

CALLER: You don't believe what was actually written in the indictment from Texas?

MCCAIN: No.

CARLSON: All right.

[nervous laughter]

MCCAIN: I will check it out. But I've never heard of such a thing. I know that he was a grassroots organizer for President Bush year 2000 and 2004, and had a very important job in the Bush campaign as late as 2004, but the other charges I will go and look and see if any of them are true, but I've never heard of them before.

That’s the way to not look like an asshole—immediately deny that charges you later admit you’ve never heard of aren’t true. Well played, Captain Clever.

Hat tip to Think Progress.

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Btw, that was posted by me, in case the picture didn't make it obvious.

Posted by: Shakespeare's Sister | Mar 25, 2006 3:28:06 PM

Given that the call-in took place on Tuesday, I'd say McCain has already had plenty of time to look into it.

Too bad no one on the Sunday shows will be willing to follow up...

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Folks on the left ought to keep pursuing this issue until someone in the press does follow up. McCain shouldn't be given a free pass on corruption given his reputation.

Posted by: Petey | Mar 25, 2006 4:32:40 PM

"Folks on the left ought to keep pursuing this issue until someone in the press does follow up."

Or hell freezes over, whichever comes first. Not that I don't agree with you about pushing it.

Posted by: MattT | Mar 25, 2006 4:40:16 PM

"Or hell freezes over, whichever comes first. Not that I don't agree with you about pushing it."

If partisans push a question like that long enough, eventually someone in the press will ask it of the politician. It helps the process along to have an elected partisan or two pose the question publicly.

The beauty for us of McCain doing the "I'll look into it" response is that he has no 'out' the next time he's asked about it.

Posted by: Petey | Mar 25, 2006 5:01:17 PM

Look, we know Tom Delay is a crook, but the Earle witchunt is not exactly getting to the truth. If I was McCain, I wouldn't let that indictment stop me either. If Nelson is in legal jeopardy, then by all means fire him. But given the political nature of the Earle indictments I'd think little of it. The Washington Post certainly doesn't think anything of it.

Posted by: Adam Herman | Mar 27, 2006 7:53:39 AM

Also keep in mind that McCain has personal experience with being fingered in a scandal just because the Keating guys needed a Republican to give the appearance of a bipartisan scandal. The final report exonerated McCain. It's understandable that McCain wouldn't be willing to hold the Earle indictment against Nelson in the absence of Nelson actually being implicated.

Posted by: Adam Herman | Mar 27, 2006 7:55:21 AM

What you should do is read the news. If you had, you'd know that Terry was never charged. Republicans are fun? Man, you Democrats are HILARIOUS!

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