Feb 22, 2008

McCain's Ethics: From Keating Five to Iseman

McCain has a pattern of unethical operations on behalf of favored lobbyists while feigning to be a policeman for good government against corruption.

This is why he is entirely untrustworthy and why his public image as a reputable maverick is without merit.

clipped from www.azcentral.com

Spotlight on McCain turns hot

The New York Times used the anecdote about Iseman as entree into a recitation of McCain's involvement in the "Keating Five" scandal and other previously reported controversies.

The Keating Five uproar of the late 1980s had to do with whether McCain and four other senators, including then-Sen. Dennis DeConcini, D-Ariz., had tried to pressure federal savings-andloan regulators in behalf of political benefactor Charles Keating Jr., who later was convicted of fraud. The Senate Ethics Committee ultimately concluded that McCain showed "poor judgment" in the matter.

McCain has said the hard lessons learned from the Keating fiasco helped him become the good-government crusader that emerged in the 1990s and led to enactment of the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance reform law of 2002.

But the Keating Five also gave McCain crisis-management experience that was on display Thursday.