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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Political wives in glass houses

Posted by: Jambo / 10:07 PM

For those not glued to the news today, Michelle Obama said something kind of dumb and the right wing jumped all over it. Par for the course. Then Cindy McCain takes a little shot at her as well. Guess I can't blame her for that. But it turns out, and this was all news to me, that maybe Cindy McCain shouldn't be putting herself too far into the limelight if the campaigns get nasty. I had no idea that she had supported a drug habit back in the 90s by stealing drugs from a non-profit relief agency she worked for and escaped jail time mainly by being the wife of a sitting US senator. (Read about it here.) I don't really think this is the sort of thing presidential campaigns should be about but I'm amazed that this isn't something that all that many people have heard about. Can you imagine if a Democratic candidate's spouse had that in their background? Fox wouldn't let a day go by without mentioning it. If the linked article can be believed the McCain camp actually managed to work the issue as a way to distract from the fact that Senator McCain was at the time knee deep in the Keating 5 savings and loan scandal. Now past corruption by a presidential candidate? There just might be a president for that being fair game in a campaign, tho.

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