McCain biopic, Slade Gorton

Just trying to keep things a bit even here…


Today, we call attention to an in-depth bio of Senator John McCain by the Gray Lady’s David Kirkpatrick.  It’s a good read.  One thing of particular interest to us is Kirkpatrick’s report that McCain “boasted that his unwillingness to campaign for Sen. Slade Gorton of Washington contributed to his narrow loss in 2000.”  We remain grateful to this day for that.  Given that McCain also was the ONLY Republican Senator to refuse to sign a letter to President Bush supporting Gorton for a lifetime appointment to the prestigious U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (we owe you again!), we find it bizarre that McCain asked Gorton, who actually agreed, to serve as his WA State campaign chair in 2007.  Since then, Gorton has raised a lot of money for McCain.   We didn’t think Slade ever got over the Boldt decision, so we’re pretty amazed at how quickly he has gotten over McCain’s repeated career torpedoings.


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