Well, this cinches it. Those of us hoping for a different campaign on both sides have firmly received our answer from the John McCain Campaign: You're SOL.
The idea that McCain would embrace a fundraiser being given by the biggest scumbag in modern American political history is proof positive the straight talk express has left the tracks. As the ads have gone increasingly negative, it seemed we were headed down this path anyway, however doing a fundraiser with Ralph Reed is a whole other issue.
For those that don't know, or remember, Ralph Reed helped Pat Robertson launch his Christian Coalition, which McCain once called "agents of intolerance." Then, Reed was such a "good Christian", he funded faith driven opposition to casinos using money from competing casinos.
Part of me really hopes the Democrats, but more importantly the traditional media, beat the garbage out of the McCain campaign over this.
Shifting policy positions, as both sides have done is one thing as they dance toward the center. However, McCain's embrace of the very corrupting, completely disingenuous, and blasphemous forces he's spent the better part of the last decade fighting against is a whole other ballgame. These guys don't do anything for the glory of God, they do it for the glory of greed.
There are a lot of views out there people change their minds on, however to go from a clean government crusader to openly embracing corruption and those who perpetrate it is wholly irreconcilable. A conversion one way or the other on abortion or guns is one thing, but how does someone tell their conversion story to say they now believe corruption and taking advantage of people is a good thing?
If there was any hope of the McCain administration being any different than the Bush administration in terms of letting the foxes guard the hen house we now know it just isn't going to happen.