The mainstream press seems to be attributing McCain's problems to his support of President Bush's unpopular policies on Iraq and immigration. It also cannot help that McCain is seen as an honest moderate in a Republican party dominated by dishonest right-wing vipers.
But McCain has other problems. At least in Alabama, he hasn't been keeping the best of company. One of his campaign advisors in Alabama was Dax Swatek. This is the same Dax Swatek who, according to Harper's, created a fictitious organization to help support Channel One, a client of disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Recall that Dax Swatek's father, Bill Swatek, is the Pelham, Alabama-based attorney who filed the lawsuit against me that will be examined in detail here on Legal Schnauzer. Bill Swatek has a lengthy history of ethical violations in his distinguished legal career. And his client in the case against me, my Neighbor From Hell (NFH), has at least eight criminal convictions in his background. But Bill Swatek and his client were the beneficiaries of repeated unlawful rulings by Republican judges in the lawsuit against me. And this ensured that Swatek would not be held accountable for filing a groundless lawsuit.
Republicans like to say that they are strongly opposed to baseless lawsuits. But they don't seem to have a problem with them when they are filed by the father of one of their fund-raisers. And they don't seem to mind them, even if the attorney who files them (Bill Swatek in this case) has left a lengthy paper trail of sleaze in his wake.
The McCain campaign probably did not know about Dax Swatek's connections to Jack Abramoff. And they almost certainly did not know about the shady history of Swatek's father. Connecting yourself to folks like the Swateks seems to be no way to run a Straight Talk Express.
But perhaps the point is moot. The Express appears to be going off the tracks, and it's taking Dax Swatek along for the ride. He was among those cut loose in the McCain campaign bloodletting.