John McCain and Charlie Keating: Remember?

By Amy Silverman

If Tom Fitzpatrick were alive today, the guy wouldn't believe his eyes.

In 1991, the late New Times columnist devoted one of his classic diatribes to the notion that no one would ever forget the role Arizona's U.S. senators, John McCain and Dennis DeConcini, had played as two of the Keating Five.

Here we are, 17 years later. America stands on the edge of a cliff, on the verge of toppling John McCain into the presidency -- and the role of addressing a tremendous financial crisis.

Maybe it's a good time to remember the Keating Five and the role McCain played.

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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at