John McCain & campaign finance ethics.

Republican donors are getting nervous about how much money Barack Obama is raising. So nervous, in fact, that they are finding loopholes to work around campaign finance laws that John McCain helped set up. The irony is so delicious I could just cry.

This morning, the Wall Street Journal (what, liberals can’t read the WSJ?) reported that several donors are bypassing the presidential election fund and donating through the Republican Governor’s Assn., which has no limitations on donations.

The brain child of this ethically questionable technique? McCain’s new campaign director, Nick Ayers.

The contention of Mr. Ayers and the group’s fund-raising head, former RNC Chairman Haley Barbour, is that helping Republican gubernatorial candidates in key states with advertising and voter outreach will help put the McCain campaign over the top in those states as well.

Yeah, and Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff were just good buddies with similar interests.

I was under the fervent hope that the end of the Bush administration would also be the end of this ethically corrupt semantic game, but apparently with the Republicans, it’s the same old story.

Considering how loudly Sen. McCain has been deriding Sen. Obama for his campaign finances, I will be very interested to see his reaction.