Saturday, May 10, 2008

McCain and Goodyear

Call it the "politics of association", but what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

McCain chose veteran lobbyist Doug Goodyear, founder of DCI Group, to run the Republican National Convention in September. Now it's come to light that back in 2002, Goodyears firm did some work for the military junta that's currently holding up aid distribution and relief efforts in Myanmar. The firm lobbied to arrange meetings aimed at improving relations between the military junta and the U.S.

To be fair Goodyear has characterized the junta's present behavior as "reprehensible", but I've got to wonder how he characterized the behavior of an oppressive military dictatorship in 2002.

Goodyear has resigned from his post regarding the RNC, but the association, like Obama's association with Wright and Ayers conjures up questions about judgment. I'm not a politician, but it doesn't take a political genius to know that lobbyists have connections to just about everyone. Of course there's going to be baggage and unsavory characters in their past. So why would someone running for president of the United States, especially someone who so frequently decries the influence of lobbyists, surround himself with so many lobbyists?

It just doesn't seem very smart from this angle. Not that it'll cause me to suddenly support the socialist agenda of the left, but if it becomes evident that the choice this fall is between tweedle dee and tweedle dum, I may just sleep in that particular Tuesday in November.

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