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Where to begin?
LA finished off the snakes with a come-from-behind win in a come-from-behind division race. The Dodgers rallied from last place on July 1. The Dodgers were 9 1/2 games behind the first-place Diamondbacks. In tonight's game, LA trailed 6-3 in the sixth inning. (Read the box scores and draw your own conclusions about the respective offense versus pitching/defense.)
John McCain's tirade was idiotic enough, but deserves reflection from all quarters. Here's mine:
1. John McCain knows how second place feels. He ran the least effective presidential campaign in recent history. The principal reasons the GOP nominated him in the first place are: (a) he had patiently awaited his turn and was "due;" (b) he was hardly the consensus nominee, but the Tea Party fragmentation made him the only viable candidate at the convention; (c) in the post-9/11, let's invade something, law and order crowd, the GOP really wanted a war hero, and the long-term resident at the Hanoi Hilton fit the bill.
2. John McCain knows about corruption. It is difficult to believe that any man who sold his congressional power to help out a leech on the American taxpayers and only narrowly avoided prosecution for corruption would have the hubris to call out the Dodgers for taking a dip in his hometown tub. As one of the Keating Five, McCain used his influence to run interference for Lincoln Savings and Loan, which collapsed in 1989 at a cost of more than $3 billion to the federal government. Charles Keating "contributed" $1.3 million to various Senators, and then called on them to help resist regulators, who were closing in on the risky investment practices at Lincoln Savings & Loan. McCain also had personal ties to Keating. Thanks to McCain and the others, the regulators were stymied, and Lincoln Savings & Loan failed, triggering the huge losses for government "insurance." (Nice, John. Thanks so much.) Keating, of course, was convicted. McCain not only avoided prosecution (and, like the Tango, corruption is typically something that takes two), but also used back-room politics to avoid a public hearing on the Senate Ethics Committee investigation. John knows the process so well: perhaps he'll call for a senatorial inquest of the Dodgers' pool party. f