Eric Boehlert on the way of the world:

…that’s how the press has treated [Bill] Clinton for years, even when he was in office; no insult or personal dig was considered off limits by the press. (Blogger Atrios once dubbed it the “Clinton Rules of Journalism,” i.e. anything goes.)…

Turkana at the left coaster:

…However much he excites the media Tweeties, McCain is neither a saint nor a maverick, but what he does in his private time is none of our damn business.

Not anymore, eh? Not in the world the republicans created which we’re so privileged to live in.

I expect we’ll be seeing cartoons about John McCain and lobbyists any day now:

McCain Says Allegations That He Did Favors for D.C. Lobbyist Are Untrue

By Howard Kurtz

Washington Post Staff Writer

Friday, December 21, 2007; A05

Sen. John McCain said yesterday that he has “never done any favors for anybody — lobbyist or special interest group,” as his presidential campaign issued a statement denouncing allegations of legislative favoritism as “gutter politics….”

[emphasis added]

Yep. republicans think we’re all stoopid. They get away with it because our media is lazy.

Well, maybe not:

…In 1989, Bennett was special counsel to a Senate ethics committee probe of five senators, including McCain, over their ties to convicted savings-and-loan executive Charles Keating. The panel concluded that McCain used poor judgment in interceding with banking regulators on Keating’s behalf, but that no punishment was warranted.

“never done any favors for anybody — lobbyist or special interest group”

McCain: The Most Reprehensible Of The Keating Five

The story of “the Keating Five” has become a scandal rivaling Teapot Dome and Watergate

By Tom Fitzpatrick

Published: November 29, 1989

…Obviously, Keating thought you could make it to the White House, too.

He poured $112,000 into your political campaigns. He became your friend. He threw fund raisers in your honor. He even made a sweet shopping-center investment deal for your wife, Cindy. Your father-in-law, Jim Hensley, was cut in on the deal, too.

Nothing was too good for you. Why not? Keating saw you as a prime investment that would pay off in the future.

So he flew you and your family around the country in his private jets. Time after time, he put you up for serene, private vacations at his vast, palatial spa in the Bahamas. All of this was so grand. You were protected from what Thomas Hardy refers to as “the madding crowd.” It was almost as though you were already staying at a presidential retreat…

“never done any favors for anybody — lobbyist or special interest group”

I’ll be expecting that cartoon – of John McCain on a campaign bus stuffed with…..lobbyists – any day now. You know, because of the “Clinton Rules”.