Explosive in NYT: John McCain=Capitol Hill's FREDO

The hour's late. A high-stakes gambler, a crooked politician, a casino owner's lackeys and a group of smarmy, inside-D.C. influence peddlers are mixing it up. A scene out of Godfather? Maybe Scarface? Nope. The John McCain campaign. As reported in today's New York Times:

Senator John McCain was on a roll. In a room reserved for high-stakes gamblers at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, he tossed $100 chips around a hot craps table. When the marathon session ended around 2:30 a.m., the Arizona senator and his entourage emerged with thousands of dollars in winnings.

A lifelong gambler, Mr. McCain takes risks, both on and off the craps table. He was throwing dice that night not long after his failed 2000 presidential bid, in which he was skewered by the Republican Party's evangelical base, opponents of gambling. Mr. McCain was betting at a casino he oversaw as a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, and he was doing so with the lobbyist who represents that casino, according to three associates of Mr. McCain.

If you would've told me eight years ago that McCain's stated aversion to the religious right (or, as he called them, "agents of intolerance") was really a mobster-like response to principled Americans who challenged his gambling goons, I would have replied, "McCain? The maverick?"

Much has changed in the last eight years. Or, more likely, much has been learned. The NYT elaborates on McCain's gambling escapades:

"One of the founding fathers of Indian gaming" is what Steven Light, a University of North Dakota professor and a leading Indian gambling expert, called Mr. McCain.

As factions of the ferociously competitive gambling industry have vied for an edge, they have found it advantageous to cultivate a relationship with Mr. McCain or hire someone who has one, according to an examination based on more than 70 interviews and thousands of pages of documents.

McCain sounds like a gambling empire-building, yokel version of Michael Corleone. Or his brother, Fredo. The temper flare ups, risky gambits, shady casino ties, trophy wife and crooked DC friends--an image of McCain is beginning to crystallize. He's morphing into a feckless  version of Tony Soprano before our very eyes.

McCain's response to the Gray Lady's expose: "justifiably proud"

Mr. McCain declined to be interviewed. In written answers to questions, his campaign staff said he was "justifiably proud" of his record on regulating Indian gambling.

He would be proud.

(cross-posted elsewhere)

Unrelated Update: Filed under ironic but predictable--Steve Schmidt was on MTP this morning taking credit (on McCain's behalf) for the tentative bailout agreement.

Tags: Gambling, Indian Affairs, John McCain, Lobbyists (all tags)



Re: Explosive in NYT: John McCain=Capitol Hill's F

Just read the story. It explains alot about his charecter. For a man who cries against corruption so much this man is rotten to the core. He is against corruption because it is a mantra that works but he his hands are fully soaked in the culture of congressional favors and influence peddling.

by kbal 2008-09-28 04:08AM | 0 recs
Re: Explosive in NYT: John McCain=Capitol Hill's F

Well, after being tainted by the Keating Five scandal, he needed to create a bold new public identity so his career could advance. So out goes business-as-usual republican, in comes Magical Super-Mavericky Mega-Reformer Corruption-Fighter With Kung-Fu Battle Grip John McCain®!!!

Yet he surrounds himself with lobbyists and may have been too cozy with casinos he regulated. During the primaries, he blatantly circumvented the campaign finance law he wrote. He runs as the most ethical, principled politician evah yet cuddles up to the same fundamentalist "agents of intolerance" he railed against a few years earlier, and runs a campaign so scurrilous that even Karl Rove criticizes him.

For years, this guy could do no wrong because he could coast on his media-created image.  Now that the media's been cast out into the cold (no more BBQs for you!), it's dawning on them that they've been had, and the guy is an utter phony.

by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner 2008-09-28 07:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Explosive in NYT: John McCain=Capitol Hill's F

Ya broke my heart Fredo

by NY Writer 2008-09-28 07:38AM | 0 recs
Is Barack Moe Green then, the way

he's been slapping the fool around?

by Geekesque 2008-09-28 07:48AM | 0 recs
There was an article comparing

McCain and Obama's gambling habits.  

McCain loves to play craps and roulette.  He plays for high stakes and when one casino wanted to shut down the tables late at night, he had one sent up to a private room so he could continue.

Obama plays small stakes poker with other members of the Senate.  These games are used mainly for social networking as little money changes hands.  He is known to play thoughtfully, doesn't bluff and rarely loses.

I imagine a professional gambler could tell us a lot about the personalities of these candidates from watching their style.

by GFORD 2008-09-28 08:24AM | 0 recs
Re: There was an article comparing

I wrote a diary on this recently.  There are some interesting citations in it of the candidate's respective gambling philosophies which are at once illuminating and a little bit scary.

by Shaun Appleby 2008-09-28 02:20PM | 0 recs
Re: There was an article comparing

Here's my take on it. Disclaimer: I play poker. I have no respect for the game of roulette. I don't play craps, but I can understand why people enjoy it.

Both roulette and craps are games where you place bets on statistically disadvantageous terms, with almost no ability to change your position due to newly discovered circumstances. And please, don't anyone write to me about progressive betting - IT DOES NOT WORK!

Thus, McCain is a probably a person that values decisiveness, even if it based on no reasoning or fundamentally illogical reasoning. It doesn't matter whether the decision is right, just that one is certain about it.

What is unique about poker is that it is not played against the house, so your bets are not on statistically disadvantageous terms. What is unique about poker is that the progression of the betting occurs as more information is learned about the final outcome. In the end, the final bets are placed based on full knowledge of what YOUR hand is. A good poker player also has a good idea of what his opponents hand is.

What this tells me is that Obama is a person that likes to find out as much information before he makes a decision. The fact that he doesn't bluff leads me to believe that he is probably a novice at the game, and obviously does not play the players.

I could tell you more about Obama if I knew, what kind of poker he plays (Texas Hold 'em, 5 card draw, 7-card stud). When you say he plays thoughtfully, does that mean he plays tight (a mouse)? or does he play very few hands, but the ones he plays, he plays aggressively (a shark)? or will he continue to chase weak hands if it is cheap?

by bushsucks 2008-09-28 07:30PM | 0 recs
Re: There was an article comparing

Eh, I know a lot of good players that don't bluff, under the definition of bluff being an elaborate representation of a stronger hand than you have.

I don't bluff, but I'm aggressive.  I bet with garbage most of the time.

by Jess81 2008-09-28 08:41PM | 0 recs
Re: There was an article comparing

I agree - you certainly don't have to bluff to be a good player. In fact, I make the most money pretending like I'm bluffing when I really do have a hand. After delivering a few beats, I then start the bluffing. Hence, I didn't say he was a novice with certainty.

What type of poker do you play? I play tournament style, no limit, Texas Hold 'em.

by bushsucks 2008-09-29 06:05AM | 0 recs
Re: Explosive in NYT: John McCain=Capitol Hill's F

I've been amazed that we haven't heard more of the mob roots of his and Cindy's fortune. If bootlegging gambling and a felony were in Obama's background it would be everywhere.  No to mention an investigative reporter assassinated with a car bomb attributed to Cindy's dad's partner.

Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles wrote a series of stories documenting Marley's questionable performance in appointive posts he'd previously held. Bolles' stories doomed Marley's appointment, forcing him to resign soon after being named to the Racing Commission.
On June 2, 1976, Bolles was mortally wounded by a car bomb. Before lapsing into unconsciousness, Bolles uttered the words, "Adamson, Emprise, Mafia." He died 11 days later.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2000-02-1 7/news/haunted-by-spirits/

John Harvey Adamson confessed to luring Bolles to a Phoenix hotel parking lot and placing a bomb beneath the reporter's car. The bomb, Adamson testified, was detonated by James Robison, a Chandler plumber. Adamson testified he was hired to kill Bolles by Max Dunlap, a Phoenix contractor and close associate of Marley's. Marley had extended a $1 million loan to Dunlap, which had not been repaid. Adamson said Dunlap hired him to kill Bolles because Marley was upset over Bolles' stories.  


more coverage

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/ 09/15/080915fa_fact_levy?currentPage=all

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/1992-10-2 1/news/call-my-travel-agent-there-s-an-e lection-coming-up/

by wrb 2008-09-28 11:46AM | 0 recs
You're dead to me Fredo.

But Mikeyyyyyy!!!


by spacemanspiff 2008-09-28 02:15PM | 0 recs
How to catch the big ones.

Wanna know what the secret is?  Before you cast, you say a.. two.. three.. four... how much time is there left until election day? hail maries.

by Jess81 2008-09-28 08:43PM | 0 recs
So, let me get this straight


1. Is a compulsive gambler.

2. Cheated on his first wife, a woman who stayed by his side while he spent five years as a POW.
3. Dumped his said first wife and married his millionaire heiress mistress.

4. Was caught unethically pressuring regulators to ease up on his "friend," Dennis Keating and his Savings & Loan.

5. As an elected public official, has publicly made lewd jokes about children, rape, bestiality, and genocide.

6. Has no qualms about blatantly lying on national television.

7. Has a temper so explosive, his colleagues shudder at the thought of him becoming commander in chief.

8. Impulsively picked the most incompetent VP candidate ever, because she was his soulmate.

9. Almost single-handedly wrecked a fragile political deal aimed at preventing the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression.

And we're supposed to accept this guy as a legitimate candidate for POTUS?

by ProfessorReo 2008-09-28 09:02PM | 0 recs


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