First of all, I think McCain is going to be easily and soundly defeated without the help of his checkered past.
Judging by the new strategy, it's pretty clear that McCain believes Obama is going to be the candidate. TH already has the car waiting outside for him to hop right in. Good thinking TH.
I think McCain is such a bad politician that he won't be able to stand next to Obama very long. McCain's entire strategy is to continue to brand Obama as inexperienced. This is all he will be able to run with. Even with all of McCain's foreign policy credentials, I don't think he can convince ANYBODY that he is the best choice for President.
The lobbyist thing (at this point) is not a proven romance. -- it's that she was a lobbyist whose company had business before his committee. This is about his ethics and his casting himself as a reformer. Yet he makes questionable decisions. There are other instances in the article, like him refusing to fly a plane route he voted for but yet accepting corporate flights from those with business before his committee:
Mr. McCain promised, for example, never to fly directly from Washington to Phoenix, his hometown, to avoid the impression of self-interest because he sponsored a law that opened the route nearly a decade ago. But like other lawmakers, he often flew on the corporate jets of business executives seeking his support, including the media moguls Rupert Murdoch, Michael R. Bloomberg and Lowell W. Paxson, Ms. Iseman's client. (Last year he voted to end the practice.)
This will cause the MSM to revisit his involvement with the Keating scandal, the Keating Five hearings, and his being proved to be in the pocket of Keating. This whole thing is about him exercising poor judgment on ethics issues while hailing his superiority on it.
I believe that McCain is a media darling (like Obama) and that the media and the people can look at this two ways. Which one will be a bigger story? Well, the NYT article was more about ethics than an affair, but the after-story seems to be more about sex. We'll see where this goes, but I think this will bite him.
It's in the hands of the MSM now and if they run with this, then it only helps Obama in TX!
I can say that the Right does not want or need any more bizarre stories coming from their leaders. I mean, meth-smoking preachers, toilet-sex seeking senators, prostitute-glomming Vetter and page-stalking Floridians is a lot to deny, even for them.
**Could this be a hint of which way the Media will spin for the GE?**