You can find out more details than you need about this kind of mini-scandal here: L.A. Times reviewer may find himself in hot water over fictional McCain aide quote, [By Will Rahn, The Daily Caller March 1, 2011], but what struck me was this, from the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg:Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, who wrote
"In fact, given that O seems to have been written by a McCain operative, its lack of obvious pro-Republican bias is noticeable."Yes, well, I think if it had been written by McCain himself, its lack of pro-Republican bias would be even more noticeable. Remember,Â McCain is a "maverick"—a man with noÂ trace of loyalty to either the Republican Party or his Arizona constituents, who practically threw the 2008 election to avoid looking racist.
I wrote in 2006 that
"McCain will always put John McCain ahead of party loyaltyâ€“I mean, looking ahead to a McCain presidency, can you say for sure which partyâ€™s ticket heâ€™ll be elected on?"Fortunately, the answer is "none"—but you can see why one of his aides, writing anonymously, wouldn't give himself away by being obviously Republican.