There is no Republican operative that I can name who has a closer relationship with this organization than Weaver. I am in no way suggesting that Weaver's involvement or alleged lack of involvement in this story has anything to do directly with the trial bar and the millions of dollars that will flow from trial lawyers to defeat the Republican nominee in 2008. But it certainly causes me to reflect upon this powerful institution, which has in many ways replaced unions in its role of supporting Democrats, and the fact that what appears to be a spurned McCain political intimate who has enjoyed such close contact with that organization is now in the center of a story clearly designed to damage McCain.
Regardless of whether Mr. Weaver or other Democratic support groups were aware of or end up taking advantage of the allegations concerning McCain, this story should not be reported as a "Republican versus Republican" battle. While McCain certainly has been accused of not being the most "Republican" of candidates, he is clearly on his way to the nomination. That means that newspapers who pose their attacks as "features," as The Times apparently claimed in thier article suggesting the impropriety, will now start to take every shot possible to tear down McCain. Now we must wonder whether those who helped build McCain up will indirectly help powerful institutions, be they media or Democratic related support groups, whose No. 1 job will be to tear the Republican nominee apart.