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Thursday, September 11, 2008

And they'll spin this as "he was only trying to help his poor, drug-addicted wife"
Posted by Jill | 2:13 PM
I wish I could believe that this would have an impact on the campaign. But since Tom Brokaw has come out and said that John McCain gets a free pass on everything in his life because he was a prisoner of war, I guess he'll get a free pass on this one too.

I'd heard that there was something nasty about to come out about the McCains after the convention, and I guess this is it. Matt Stoller has the story:

A whistleblower is coming forth against John and Cindy McCain, and the picture he is painting is not a pretty one.  You've probably heard about Cindy McCain stealing prescription drugs from her charity in the 1990s.  Today, Tom Gosinski, her former employee and a close friend of the McCain's, came out on the record about the entire sordid episode.  And it appears that McCain used his Senate staff and resources to cover up Cindy's drug use, and potentially to prevent the Drug Enforcement Agency from investigating his wife's theft of illegal prescription drugs.  John McCain certainly used his political connections to begin a campaign of intimidation against Gosinski, because at the time - this was after the Keating 5 scandal - another major scandal would have derailed his career.  Gosinski stayed quiet out of fear until today; a recent fight with cancer has strengthened his resolve.  As he told me today, if he can beat cancer, he can go on the record regarding how the McCain's do business.

Now if this were Barack Obama, not even endless repetition of the 9/11 attacks would stand in the way of an endless media drum. But because, sort of like Jesus dying for our sins, John McCain suffered 40 years ago and therefore is not to be held responsible for any vile, crooked, greedy, ugly thing he does ever in his entire life (unlike other ex-POWs, who aren't granted the same free pass), I'm sure this will not make one bit of difference and the media won't touch it. There are lipstick on a pig stories to be told after all, and what's a presidential candidate using his Senate position to a) help his wife obtain prescription drugs to abuse, and b) squelch a DEA investigation into her drug use?

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