I've been following this story for a while. In my book it's a plus for McCain. You have a large American defense contractor who initially had the
contrac, but it turns out they cheated. Bad enough to put a former Air Force officer and Boeing uppper executive in jail I believe it was thier CFO.
Mc Cain leads a Congressional effort to force a competitive bid on the contract. Boeing loses the bid but runs crying to the GAO. The GAO finds that
the "process" of the award was flawed and it is currently up for bid again. The tanker as awarded to the Northrop/EADS partnership was to be
produced in that far away country of Mobile, Alabama.
After the GAO laid the smack down on the award, the Air Force re-opened the bid for the tanker. Just this morning
news hit the wire.
Boeing Co. is considering bailing out of the politically-charged bidding for a $35 billion contract to build aerial refueling tankers for the Air
Force, if it does not receive an additional four months by the Pentagon to put together a competitive offer.
I do have a bias in this let me be clear. I live in Alabama and would rather see the jobs come here than Washington. I would expect someone on the
left coast to have the opposite opinion. It's a convoluted story no doubt and shows just how corrupt the Millitary Industrial Complex is.
What this story is not, is an indictment of McCain. It's not even a partisan issue. You have CONgress people from both parties in Washington spewing
Boeing propaganda about foreign awards (though I'm sure Alabama may seem like a foreign country to them).
The sad part about this is that the Airforce still doesn't have a clear replacement for an aging tanker. Boeing has shown that if it cannot win in a
bid (without corruption from inside the Air Force) it will do its best to stall delay and obstruct whoever does through courts and legal action to the
detriment of the country.
If you want to use this whole convoluted mess as an attack on Mc Cain be my guest, I think this is one that could easily be turned to show a strength
of character opposing a proven corrupt defense contractor.