John McCain's chief foreign policy adviser and his business partner lobbied the senator or his staff on 49 occasions in a 3 1/2-year span while being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by the government of the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
Yes, it is the same talking point Obama and the Russians have been using all week.
This time they kicked it up a notch with a law professor, Stephen Gillers, willing to comment.
"Scheunemann's work as a lobbyist poses valid questions about McCain's judgment in choosing someone who — and whose firm — are paid to promote the interests of other nations," said New York University law professor Stephen Gillers. "So one must ask whether McCain is getting disinterested advice, at least when the issues concern those nations."
They fail to mention that Gillers is a noted leftist who has gave over $1000.00 to one time New York Senate candidate Mark Green who is now the president of Air America. Likewise, he gave to Lynn Yeakel, the liberal Democrat who ran against Arlen Specter in 1992.
Four years ago Gillers called on John Kerry to name Bill Clinton as his running mate. The humor in this abounds, given that two years later Gillers was writing satire for the Nation (he's written for the leftist oriented magazine on a number of occasions) suggesting Bush would suspend this year's election to "do whatever it takes to protect us from terror."
Gillers is your typical leftwing professor. He claims to be an ethics professor, but apparently has no ethical qualms with giving allegedly unbiased advice on McCain when he will no doubt actively oppose McCain.
But the Associated Press saw no need to mention any of this or to question the objectivity of Gillers' advice. The AP just wanted someone to corroborate what the Russians and Obama are both saying about McCain.
In the 40's, the New York Times became a useful idiot for the Russians. I guess the AP is signing up this time.