Friday, March 25, 2011

Claire McCaskill flies coach; Planegate rages on

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 3:00 PM

click to enlarge Sen. Claire McCaskill now flies like the rest of us, but is her political stock nose-diving?
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill now flies like the rest of us, but is her political stock nose-diving?

Who are the real victims of the Claire McCaskill "Air Claire" pseudo-scandal revolving around her owing the state around $300,000 in back taxes on a plane she owns? The people sitting next to her on commercial flights! Rim shot! Total JK, guys.

We kid because we love. Or because we need to stretch the length of a post about an overblown news item that is lingering in the news cycle like a gnarly cold sore.



Seriously, though, Reuters reports this morning that Missouri's feisty senator was spotted flying coach on a commercial flight to St. Louis on Thursday. But even wedging herself into a plane among the masses, as well as cutting big-ass checks to pay old tax bills and travel expenses, might not be enough to repair the damage that the kerfuffle has caused, according to a political journal.

The Cook Political Report has decided that Clairebear's chances of

winning a second term have seriously dimmed. From the Reuters piece:

"Over the past two weeks,

McCaskill's road to

reelection has hit some turbulence largely of her own making that has

only served to render the already vulnerable incumbent even more

vulnerable," the report said.

"McCaskill's

path to reelection has become bumpy enough to warrant a rating change

from Lean Democratic to Toss Up," the report added.

Ha! Turbulence! The new mystery that Planegate has raised is that if she can

unload more than $400,000 to make this all go away, why isn't she flying

first-class?


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