John McCain held another blogger call this afternoon. Jim Geraghty has a good account of it.
I asked McCain for his comments on George Will’s hard-hitting anti-McCain column of today. McCain viewed it as Will’s monthly or bi-monthly attack on campaign finance reform. He added that he respects Will as an important advocate of conservative causes, but that they will have to agree to disagree on this issue.
As a follow-up, I asked how McCain feels today about his refusal to shake the hand of Brad Smith, the former FEC commissioner with whom he clashed over campaign finance. I was hoping that McCain would answer to the effect that bygones were bygones. Instead, the Senator stood by his conduct, stating that Smith had savaged his character and his integrity on many occasions, so that there was no reason to shake his hand.
I don’t know the details of the McCain-Smith feud. One can certainly imagine a set of facts under which McCain justifiably would not have wanted to shake an adversary’s hand. Nonetheless, I still wish McCain had opted for “let bygones be bygones.” McCain’s a genuine guy, though, and apparently that’s not going to change just because he’s running for president.
To comment on this post, go here.
- Subscribe now!... Get rid of ADs!Support Power Line...VIP MembershipPresentsPower Line
Most Read on Power Line
Subscribe to Power Line by Email
Find us on Facebook
“Arise and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.” Winston Churchill
“Proclaim Liberty throughout All the land unto All the Inhabitants Thereof.” Inscription on the Liberty Bell