Huffington Unmasks 'Pandering' McCain
Senator denies not voting for Bush in 2000
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2008 6:37 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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(Newser) – John McCain said after the 2000 election he hadn’t voted for George Bush, Arianna Huffington wrote yesterday, and the bombshell has provoked angry denials from the camp of the future GOP nominee, whom she once "admired and even loved." Firing back, the Huffington Post founder further details McCain’s “Shakespearean” fall from maverick status.

McCain has “held a fire sale on his principles,” Huffington contends, and “morphed into an older and crankier version” of Bush, caving on the religious right, torture, lobbyists, and taxes. She reacts to the campaign's "kill-the-messenger mode" by saying it confirms McCain will “sling mud at anyone, to satisfy his hunger for the White House.”