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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Smears Start Early

And so it begins....

The New York Times and the New Republic team up to put out a story alleging [wink, wink, nudge, nudge] that several years ago Sen. McCain knew, attended a fund-raising meeting with, and shared a plane ride back to Washington with, an attractive woman half his age. The woman was a lobbyist.

There is no evidence of inappropriate behavior or any favors exchanged. Everyone involved denies that there was any sexual relationship. The only supporting evidence offered is that two aides warned McCain to stay away from the woman because being seen in public with her might raise the appearance of impropriety and that McCain had agreed to their request.

Read the story here.

Mark Ambinder reports the story here. What is disturbing is that many of his commentators are rushing to the assumption that there was a sexual relationship involved.