Monday, October 20, 2008

(If John McCain Gets His Wish) From Russia, With Love

John McCain has looked in Putin's eyes but apparently he also wants a look in his country's wallet. A letter signed by McCain was sent to the Russian envoy to the U.N., Vitaly Churkin, asking for a campaign contribution. Here's a link to the official Russian response, with a link to the letter received by Mr. Churkin.
The response and letter were released to the public by the Russian Mission to the United Nations. Needless to say I am confused and suffering from a headache from trying to resolve the apparent and inherent contradiction. Just for my own sanity I am going to chalk this up to McCain and his campaign once again saying one thing (McCain denouncing Russian domestic and foreign policy by commenting about how he, “looked into Mr. Putin’s eyes and I saw three things — a K and a G and a B.”) and doing another (asking a top Russian official for a campaign contribution).

In all seriousness, it was probably an honest mistake by some lowly staffer in the McCain campaign. The person who made the mistake is probably not having a good day. However, if the Obama campaign had done something like asking a top Russian official for a campaign contribution wouldn't the probable Republican attack-response have been to call Obama a communist, regardless if it was a mistake?

Does this remind anyone else of McCain decrying Obama's tax policies as socialist (saying one thing) but at the same time McCain votes in favor of a bailout that allows for partially nationalizing our banking system (doing another thing in contradiction)? Plus, his own party runs anti-bailout campaign ads.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1008/McCain_camp_hits_up_Russian_ambassador.html#comments