John Fund Must Respond.
Media Hit Job or Stupendous Campaign Bungle?
By Leon H Wolf Posted in 2008 — Comments (98) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
The blogosphere is abuzz today with a quote from this John Fund piece, in which McCain allegedly says that he would not nominate someone like Sam Alito who wears their conservatism on their sleeve. If McCain actually said this, it could be a race-changing gaffe, as it would hit McCain where he is already most vulnerable with conservatives: unease about his potential judicial nominations.
According to National Review's Byron York, McCain has personally responded with what appears to be a pretty flat denial of having said anything like what he is quoted as saying. I thought there was perhaps a little wiggle room in the previous statement issued by the McCain campaign, but McCain's personal denial is pretty flat. Now, here is the thing: I'm a Romney supporter, and I deeply distrust McCain on judges. But when it comes to this story, and given Fund's history, I believe John McCain. The question, however, is whether voters tomorrow will also believe him, and whether this report, if untrue, will unjustly sink McCain's campaign.
The ball now is in John Fund's court. Fairness and his credibility demand that he come forward now - not after Florida, not after Super Tuesday, and either substantiate or repudiate his story, lest the damage be irreparable.