I don’t really care whether John McCain voted for George W. Bush in 2000, but it disturbs me greatly that he would even make polite dinner conversation with Arianna Huffington.

That is scary.

In case you are unfamiliar with what I am talking about here, Huffington recently claimed McCain told her at a dinner party that he didn’t vote for Bush in 2000. Cindy McCain reportedly chimed in that she didn’t either.

McCain, for his part, denies he ever said anything of the kind and points to his record of campaigning for Bush in the general election.

It’s not much a story, really. It’s one of those she-said-he-said deals. Why anyone would even care what Huffington said she heard is something of a mystery to me.

I don’t believe much of what either Huffington or McCain says. So, when this story first broke, my first thought was: “OK, here goes Arianna trying to insinuate herself into the news, again.” This is her lifeblood – publicity. This is what she does. She’s like a political version of the Woody Allen character “Zelig” – always appearing in the midst of news, always attempting to keep herself relevant.

Look, I’m on record. I’m not voting for McCain. I didn’t vote for Bush in 2000. So, it’s fair to say I don’t have a dog in this hunt. Yet I still find this controversy between Huffington and McCain interesting.

I’m just not sure why McCain and Huffington don’t get along. They are both political chameleons, who posed as “conservatives” when it was convenient for them to do so, later morphing into political ideologues who agree on quite a bit – from the border to global warming. Huffington is a former Republican and McCain, according to several accounts, flirted with the idea of becoming a former Republican.

So why are these two urinating on each other?

The sad truth is that neither of these people believes in much of anything, when you get right down to it, except their own empowerment, their own success, their own fortune and fame.

It’s hard to know which one to believe because they have both illustrated their unfamiliarity with the truth in the past.

It’s also of little concern to me.

What would it prove if Huffington were telling the truth, for once?

It would prove, I guess, that McCain is a hypocrite.

Big deal.

Add that to the list.

That hardly registers on my Richter scale of concerns about McCain.

What bothers me more is that he would associate with the likes of Arianna Huffington. It doesn’t surprise me, by the way, but it bothers me. The fact that John and Cindy McCain would choose to have dinner and polite conversation with her – something he doesn’t deny – should be alarming to McCain’s base.


Because she’s a fruit loop.

Because she’s a hyper-ambitious, caviar-and-champagne socialist.

Because she’s a self-absorbed user and marketing machine for one thing – herself.

Because, talk about a hypocrite, she’s someone who has betrayed virtually every principle she once claimed to hold – not in her misguided youth, mind you, but a mere decade or so ago.

So, I don’t really care what McCain said to Huffington. What bothers me more is that he found himself willingly in her company.

Huffington is merely a slightly annoying irrelevancy to me. John McCain seeks to become the next president of the United States, and, given the opposition he will face, stands an excellent chance of achieving that goal.

The fact that he finds himself down in this moral gutter doing verbal battle with Huffington does not bode well for America’s future.

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