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There's a good long article about presidential contender John McCain in the New Yorker, if you have it (not online). It features him getting asked to leave the 2004 convention because he's getting too much media attention, and his team is delighted to leave so they can go to a fancy restaraunt and get really drunk. McCain plays craps for 14 hour stretches.

What I thought was the most interesting part was the explanation for his campaign finance limit enthusiasm. I've often heard it said that Republicans like puritanical laws because they'd be having orgies with their cousins and livestock otherwise. Conversely, Democrats so disdain the poor that they require the coercive state to enforce charity. I did not know that McCain's career was nearly destroyed when he accepted money, bahamas vacations, etc. from Charles Keating while Keating was spending like crazy to get out of trouble for the S & L scandal.


At 2:49 PM, Blogger joŇ°ko said...

Would you vote for him?

At 3:18 PM, Blogger Miguel said...

It depends.

At 3:54 PM, Blogger Ivan said...

I've come to hate the campaign finance law. It might soon be used to regulate blogs, in an attempt to cut the influence of those dreaded 527s.

Milton had it right when he said spending money is free speech (and certainly free property rights).

I like him because he would have already attacked N.Korea.

Other issues will probably solidify in 2007. Does he have to run again for the senate in 2006? If so, he could use that campaign to his great advantage.

He would probably lose to Hillary.

At 2:14 PM, Blogger Ivan said...

I was rash in saying McCain would lose. It depends greatly on the running mates.

I would love to see a Hillary-Kerry vs. Giuliani-Rice.

For entertainment, I'd like Gore to run 3rd party, just to see MOOORE GOOOOORE ROOOOAR.


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