McCain Aide Mark Salter is believed to be the author
of a book called O: A Presidential Novel
, (anonymously) and an angry LA Times
reviewer named Tim Rutten, seems to have included a made-up quote, or worse, a plagiarized
You can find out more details than you need about this kind of mini-scandal here: L.A. Times reviewer may find himself in hot water over fictional McCain aide quote,
[By Will Rahn, The Daily Caller March 1, 2011], but what struck me was this, from the Atlantic`s Jeffrey Goldberg
`s Jeffrey Goldberg, who wrote
"In fact, given that O seems to have been written by a McCain operative, its lack of obvious pro-Republican bias is noticeable."
Yes, well, I think if it had been written by McCain himself, its lack of pro-Republican bias would be even more noticeable. Remember,Â McCain is a "maverick"
—a man with noÂ trace of loyalty to either the Republican Party
or his Arizona constituents, who practically threw the 2008 election to avoid looking racist.
I wrote in 2006
"McCain will always put John McCain ahead of party loyaltyâ€“I mean, looking ahead to a McCain presidency, can you say for sure which partyâ€™s ticket heâ€™ll be elected on?"
Fortunately, the answer is "none"
—but you can see why one of his aides, writing anonymously, wouldn`t give himself away by being obviously Republican.