Lady Rothschild Backs McCain, Duke of Earl To Follow

A marriage of convenience, not one of passion

Seth Colter Walls at Huffington Post talks to big bucks former Clinton supporter Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, who has, surprisingly, come out in favor of John McCain. As Walls notes, however, it seems like “her support for McCain was less than entirely thought-through at an ideological level”:

Rothschild once told me that if she were to ever support McCain, it would be “more in sadness than in anger.” Today, however, she touted her “enthusiastic support” for the McCain-Palin ticket during her press conference. When I asked her whether she still held onto any of that former sadness, Rothschild looked taken aback and said she was sad about the Democratic Party in general, as led by Howard Dean and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Here’s what one of Clinton’s people thinks of the defection: “The Duke of York already had plans, so Lady de Rothschild was the next most important endorsement to reassure working Americans during the economic crisis.”


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Justin Peters is editor-at-large of the Columbia Journalism Review.