What McCain Knew, When He Knew It

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David Letterman asked John McCain about his Blagojevich contacts last night. McCain seemed amused.

DL: Now after a campaign like this — and it consumed two years, probably more, really — what do you do? What has your life been like since? I mean, you go from going a thousand miles an hour to a much slower pace.

JM: I don’t want to talk about the bleeping campaign. Understand? If you think I’m going to go back to that bleeping situation, then bleep you.

DL: OK. Whoa. Do you know this guy, the governor of Illinois?

JM: He came to my office one time after he was elected governor, at his request. And told me he was going to be a great reformer.

DL: Really? Is that right?

JM: I’m not making it up. That he wanted to do like I had done in the Senate and have all these reforms. I really must have impressed the guy.

DL: Now, John, in your experience, and this is what everybody is saying –- the guy is either stupid or he’s nuts. What do you think?

JM: I think a rare combination of both.

On that point, I agree. (See the Letterman video here.)