For McCain, Flak Becomes Fuel

It was a full-scale personal attack. Behind the scenes last week, congressional Republicans were zipping faxes to each other labeling Senator John McCain a hypocrite: here he was, they said, championing campaign-finance reform while taking money from those with business before the Commerce Committee he chairs. And they had the list to prove it! Software companies, cable companies, phone companies, airlines! Rivals also whispered darkly that McCain has an uncontrollable temper. Message: too loco to be President. McCain defended himself against the hypocrisy charge--"Who is corrupted by this system? All of us are corrupted," he told his colleagues--and he admitted being...

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