FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Someone is lying. The New York Times dropped a bombshell on John McCain this morning with a front page story that could cost him the White House.
It's great reading… an improper relationship with a lobbyist, a woman named Vicki Iseman. His inner circle convinced they were having an affair. All happening while he was chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee and she was representing clients who had business before McCain's committee. The two of them together at fundraisers, in his office, aboard private corporate jets. It got so bad his closest friends and advisers finally stepped in to save McCain from himself. This is all according to the New York Times.
Problem with the story is it's a little "skinny." Most of it is based on unnamed sources, which detracts from its credibility. On the other hand, the Times byline contains the names of four reporters who were not likely to go to their editors and say, "Look what we've got," if they didn't have it.
And reportedly as far back as last December, McCain was pleading with the editors of the Times not to run the story.
McCain's explanation for all of this comes up short. "It's not true," ain't going to cut it. For one thing, McCain has been here before. Remember the Keating 5 and the savings and loan scandal?
And it's highly unlikely the Times information from McCain's inner circle is all false. You don't publish a story of this magnitude unless you're on pretty solid ground. Stay tuned… cause there's a lot more to come.
Here’s my question to you: How much will newspaper stories raising questions about John McCain’s ethics and his alleged relationship with a woman lobbyist hurt his presidential chances?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
This could be taps for McCain. The Times may be ambushing him. What if they have the equivalent of Monica's blue dress just waiting for McCain to lie about it?
Randy from Missouri writes:
Before all of this is over, dirt will come up on all the candidates, and the amount of damage depends on how much attention you guys give it. I hope you are fair about it all the way around.
Steve from Fort Worth, Texas writes:
I'm sorry but I don't believe the New York Times has any balance in their credibility account. These reporters may be thought of as fair, within the Times, but "a story of this magnitude" deserves at least one source that can be named. I don’t buy it.
Chantal from Canada writes:
All I gotta say is read about the Keating 5. Who's so pure and full of integrity now?
Jack, It won't matter at all; he wasn't going to win anyway.
Trevor from Stamford, Connecticut writes:
McCain, in my opinion, shouldn't lose sleep over this one. Scandals, unfortunately, seem to be standard practice in Washington.
Wow! Mugging the old man before the start of the race. Somebody reaaaaally wants the young guy to win. There will be payback and we know it. Hold on to your hats, folks. It's going to be a rough ride!
F.H. from South Carolina writes:
McCain's actions definitely cast doubt, and that's the poison.