Saturday, June 21, 2008

McCain Family Lives in a Glass House

Maybe literally, we don't know, although very wealthy people often build those things.  But we're talking figuratively today.

Cindy McCain has been on the hustings, sweetly reminding people that "I've always been proud of my country."  Her goal is to establish some contrast with Michelle Obama's unfortunately-phrased February remark that "for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country."

The HuffPo has recently provided us with at least two reasons that the McCain family ought to reconsider making hay with this, and neither one is aboout altruism, fairness, or the fact that Mrs. Obama is not a candidate.  They are pure self-interest:

Item the First:  Mrs. McCain is a Thief and and Addict.  As recently as the 1990s, she was an active drug addict, who stole her stuff from the American Voluntary Medical Team, a relief organization she had created, either to help poor people or to cover her tracks.  Stephen Elliott sees the layers of hypocrisy here:
  1. "Like most ridiculously rich people, she didn't have to go to jail for her crimes and was allowed to enter a rehab program rather than face criminal charges."
  2. "Try to imagine what the reaction would be if Michelle Obama had a history with drug addiction? If Michelle Obama had stolen drugs meant for third world countries to support her own addiction?"
  3. And regarding Mrs. McCain's claim to have "always" loved America, "She spent at least three years stoned out of her mind. It's impossible to know what she thought during that time. Was she really proud, or was she just hallucinating?"
Item the Second:  Senator McCain Has Also Said Stupid Things.  For example, click the link to see a March interview in which he tells an interviewer that he "didn't really love America" until he was a prisoner of war.

The McCains would be well-advised to talk about real issues, rather than to invent false ones. ABut  if they are going to invent issues, they ought to choose ones that make them look less foolish.

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