Here we go again with another political scandal, compliments of the New York Times, our national paper of record.  Call it an October surprise, only seven months early.  But then they can never start too early in their efforts to smear the Republican candidate, even if it’s the one they endorsed.  Following is a small sample of the story and here’s a link to the whole lurid thing.

WASHINGTON — Early in Senator John McCain’s first run for the White House eight years ago, waves of anxiety swept through his small circle of advisers.

A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, visiting his offices and accompanying him on a client’s corporate jet. Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself — instructing staff members to block the woman’s access, privately warning her away and repeatedly confronting him, several people involved in the campaign said on the condition of anonymity.

When news organizations reported that Mr. McCain had written letters to government regulators on behalf of the lobbyist’s client, the former campaign associates said, some aides feared for a time that attention would fall on her involvement.

Mr. McCain, 71, and the lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, 40, both say they never had a romantic relationship. But to his advisers, even the appearance of a close bond with a lobbyist whose clients often had business before the Senate committee Mr. McCain led threatened the story of redemption and rectitude that defined his political identity.

You get the idea. The NYT got the Republican candidate it hoped for, now it’s time to tear him down, paving the way for Obama’s coronation. Yes, the Times endorsed Hillary back in January, but that’s ancient history and umpteen Obama primary victories ago, the country having since gone ga-ga over the charismatic Illinois senator’s mesmerizing “change” mantra.

But is there anything to this alleged scandal story, shot through with innuendo and thinly sourced? Not according to attorney Bob Bennett, the registered Democrat who is representing McCain. You may also remember that he represented President Clinton in the Lewinsky scandal, so he’s not exactly a member of the vast right-wing conspiracy. See the video of him debunking the NYT allegations.

Also check out ALLAHPUNDIT’s complete coverage of the “sex scandal that may not be a scandal tucked inside an ethics scandal that was a genuine scandal 20 years ago, and for which McCain has begged forgiveness ever since.”

Greg Strange provides conservative commentary with plenty of acerbic wit on the people, politics, events and absurdities of our time. See more at his website: http://www.greg-strange.com/.

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