Monday, October 20, 2008

About Those McCain Cell Towers

Oh, not heard how Verizon was going to put cell towers close to one of the McCain homes? Not been much made about them. The Atlantic.com published This Story Doesn't Cell which needs reading. This paragraph concludes the post:
All of this suggests a number of things: Rogers looks to have been correct in stating that the Secret Service asked for, and received, temporary towers—but that doesn’t address the parallel issue of the permanent towers, long underway until just recently, that lay at the heart of the Post piece and in the public record. The McCains may not have asked Verizon for any special favors—but, wittingly or not, they sure look like they were about to receive them. To my mind, Verizon looks worst of all: the company is claiming that it abandoned the tower because it wouldn’t “make business sense to do it.” In a sense, this is self evident: you don’t have to look any further than a map of the area to see what a remote and sparsely populated place is “AZ 2 Hidden Valley Ranch.” And so the only reason to embark on the two-year process of lawyers, regulators, consultant, archeologists, and Indians is if you’re seeking a payoff of another kind.
Although I think McCain's reputation for integrity and honor is in tatters, this story indicates tatters might be their proper state.

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