Right Reasons

Supporters of Campaign Finance Reform frequently cite “good intent” in its defense. While this is a handy way to avoid the messiness of real world results, it does put their motives on table as an issue.

Norman J. Ornstein, a Congressional expert at the American Enterprise Institute and a member of McCain’s Reform Institute advisory board, said [NYT] that it was overstating the case to portray the institute as an extension of Mr. McCain’s personal political goals and that he could succeed without it.

“The man is a rock star,” Mr. Ornstein said. “He is doing it for the right reasons.”

I take this to mean: “John may be skating on the edge of propriety, but he means well, and his charisma will carry him through.”

Here are some other opinions on McCain’s motives.

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Ryan Sager

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The Arizona senator hasn’t changed since his Keating days
Jacob Sullum

Bloggers Beware
Threats to the status quo are always ripe for reform
John Samples