The Money Lever

Timothy Noah notes that McCain is having a hard time getting money from conservative fat cats:

In the end, the great majority of Bush's Pioneers and Rangers will probably donate money to McCain because they have nowhere else to go. But the longer they make McCain wait, the more McCain will have to ingratiate them by dancing further and further to the right, which is exactly what he's been doing. In that sense, McCain isn't a maverick at all. By playing hard-to-get, the corporate ruling class has taken McCain hostage. The ransom won't be small.

I guess Tim is referring to potential clashes between a president McCain and some corporate leaders. Somehow, I don't think McCain can be bought off.