This shot of Freddie Mac siphon, Rick Davis, taken at the RNC, shows the campaign strategist pointing things out to his “other client.” In contrast to the warm-and-fuzzy Rick and Mac image the NYT used in their background piece this morning, this shot reveals the take-no-prisoners “steel” (steal?) of the lobbyist. As well, it catches McCain in the kind of passive-dependent expression that Davis’s influence peddling is and was contingent on.
As McCain — again, demonstrating his impulsivity and histrionic nature — supposedly suspends his campaign to “save” the country from Wall Street, the stacked up archive of images like this one illustrates, by “virtue” of those advising him, illustrates ultimate conflict-of-interest.
(image: Paul Sancya/AP St. Paul, Minn. Sept. 4, 2008)