The Israel-Hezbollah war has been occupying most of my blogging time, so I missed the kerfuffle over Patrick Hynes’ posts about presidential politics and his relationship with the McCain folks. Jim Geraghty did a fine job explaining it all, and Patrick posted on the controversy as well.
What I hadn’t focused on is that before he disclosed the relationship with McCain, Patrick had written the following accusation:
If I was a conspiracy theorist, I would suspect Hugh of bashing McCain in the services of Mitt Romney, who Hugh, it has become increasingly obvious, supports along with Arlen Specter.
Now, I am not “in the services” of Mitt Romney, or George Allen, or Bill Frist, or Rudy Giuliani, all of whom are believed to be in the hunt for 2008. I am an Al Davis Republican, a “just win baby” Republican. I believe in the big tent, and the only GOP senator I have ever urged be turned out of office is Lincoln Chafee. Though I am a strong supporter of Rick Santorum, I’m also a strong supporter of Tom Kean, Jr. and any other GOP nominee for a Senate seat who isn’t Lincoln Chafee.
I am not a fan of John McCain for president, for a variety of reasons I have detailed and will detail again.
And when I speak about GOP presidential politics in front of groups, I take a straw poll of everyone present. John McCain always finishes last. Always.
But for Patrick –while already “in the services” of John McCain to suggest I was “in the services” of Mitt Romney is to my eyes a much worse offense than non-disclosure of a relationship which would have been disclosed eventually. It was the pot calling a non-kettle black.
I am writing a book about Romney and the impact his LDS faith will have on the presidential campaign. The book will also touch on the others in the race, but I haven’t endorsed or contributed to Romney or any of the other candidates. When Senators Frist and Allen appear on my radio program as they frequently do, they are always received with the same degree of courtesy and curiosity as Governor Romney receives, which is the same degree of curiosity and courtesy that Senator McCain and Mayor Giuliani. will receive if and when they appear. My assessments of politics and its ups and downs are not in any way dependent on the success or failure of any of these or any other candidate.
To my mind it is fine to blog on behalf of a candidate, and to get paid to do so. I believe in disclosure.
But I don’t believe in making stuff up, especially charges/suggestions/rumors against other bloggers.