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November 14, 2010

SOMEBODY GOT TO CINDY.... Cindy McCain, perhaps best known as Sen. John McCain's (R) second/current wife, did something pretty brave this week. While her husband positions himself as one of Congress' leading anti-gay lawmakers, Cindy McCain appeared in a NOH8 activist video in support of gay rights.

In the television ad, she tells viewers, "Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future.... They can't serve our country openly." She added that the government "treats the LGBT community like second class citizens."

It was a striking move, given that her husband is leading the charge to ensure gay servicemen and women "can't serve our country openly" and that the LGBT community is treated "like second class citizens."

But in an even more striking move, Cindy McCain is now saying she no longer believes what she said in the commercial.

Cindy McCain announced that she is against the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" one day after she appeared in a video where she lends her support to end the ban on gays openly serving in the military. [...]

"I fully support the NOH8 campaign and all it stands for and am proud to be a part of it. But I stand by my husband's stance on DADT," she tweeted.

Look, I really don't care what the spouses or children of policymakers have to say about current events. Cindy McCain's views on discrimination, or any other issue, are her business.

Until, that is, she decides she wants to play a more active, high-profile role in the larger public debate. In this case, on Thursday, Cindy McCain wanted to use her role as public figure to tell Americans how wrong it is that gay servicemen and women "can't serve our country openly" and that the LGBT community is treated "like second class citizens." And on Friday, Cindy McCain wanted to use her role as public figure to tell Americans that gay servicemen and women shouldn't "serve our country openly" and that the LGBT community deserves to be treated "like second class citizens."

I'm not sure which is more troubling -- the fact that Cindy McCain is willing to publicly contradict herself so blatantly, or that her embarrassed husband probably pressured her to say something that's at odds with her own beliefs.

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How do republicans manage to be taken seriously when so many of them concede they don't believe the things that come out of their mouths?

Posted by: JoeW on November 14, 2010 at 8:05 AM | PERMALINK

Too bad for Cindy. It must be rough being married to John McCain.

Posted by: jennifer f on November 14, 2010 at 8:07 AM | PERMALINK

There's a really good movie here- or at least a daytime soap! (regular readers here know all the sad history of "War Hero" McCain.)

in this particular instance, Cindy has all the money in the family, so what hold does Johnny on her? The drug addiction is public knowledge. Did she kill her teen age boyfriend with a car- no, that was somebody else. . .

Posted by: DAY on November 14, 2010 at 8:12 AM | PERMALINK

"Mrs. McCain, did the Senator beat you to make you change your mind?"
"DADT."

This isn't funny. I feel for his poor wife. It looks like she broke free from The Stolkholm Syndrome for a couple of days, only to be brought back into the fold.
The Senator went through some genuinely horrible experiences in this life, one would have wished that it would create a sense of empathy for others. One would be wrong.
I wonder if Senator McCain has any gay skeletons in his closet from his days in prep and military schools? It's not exactly unheard of. Again, one would have wished that it would create a sense of empathy for others. One would be wrong.

And to think, eons ago, I actaully liked John McCain. I thought he was admirable in admitting his involvement in the Keating Five. But then I look at this, and his stance on a Martin Luther King Day way back when, and I realize that whatever it was that appealed to me, was a chimera created by the media.

Posted by: c u n d gulag on November 14, 2010 at 8:13 AM | PERMALINK

The Republicans manage very well flip flopping through the tulips . That it is for the same reasons , and same ideology King George the third thought the Colonies could be made to see reason . The resolute image of uber patriot George Bush , soberly or not , blowing up (the reflexes of his diseased mind evolving one frog at a time) amphibians . The comfortable believe that they are Kings , King and King respectively .
As the servants of wealth the Republicans figure to deal with most of the worlds wealth , let alone American treasure , very profitably and in power .
My little jaw loosened a bit yesterday when I read about Cindy's heresy . Everything is reset today , back to routine jaw set , our wealthy haters hating again .

Posted by: FRP on November 14, 2010 at 8:23 AM | PERMALINK

This is not rocket science.

Cindy has a tremendously low self-esteem, always looking for praise from her parents, or anyone who can take their place. It is a trademark of every person John has dated more than once.

She is highly volatile, one day saying one thing, something else the next. IANAD but the pattern seems quite repetitive.

Her sincerity may be over-whelmed by her lifelong addition, not just to drugs but praise.

Just my opinion, for what it is worth.

Posted by: IntelVet on November 14, 2010 at 8:28 AM | PERMALINK

This flip is embarrassing and pathetic. What little we, the public, know about their relationship, they appear to lead very separate lives, geographically and in other ways. In addition, she is extremely wealthy. So it's hard to imagine what sort of leverage he might have that would cause her to reverse course so abruptly.

In any event, in a sane world, Cindy McCain's value as a celebrity making endorsements or taking public positions should be completely at an end after this.

Posted by: DRF on November 14, 2010 at 8:31 AM | PERMALINK

If Cindy McCain compromised her beliefs because her husband was upset, then those beliefs were not dearly held. Cindy McCain doesn't have strongly held convictions therefore she doesn't need to have the courage of those convictions. She's nothing more than a shallow pool of fetid water.

Posted by: Greytdog on November 14, 2010 at 8:55 AM | PERMALINK

Well, I should HOPE so.

If Ace McCain can't control his woman, Republican social mores are in far worse shape than I suspected.

Posted by: toowearyforoutrage on November 14, 2010 at 9:02 AM | PERMALINK

I wonder if she plasters on make-up like a trollop to cover bruises.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on November 14, 2010 at 9:12 AM | PERMALINK

Game Change the book made for entertaining reading when it came to the explosive exchanges between the McCains (also, the Edwards' marriage). Dropping the F bomb on a secular saint like Saint John is not for the faint of heart so I doubt Cindy is simply a psychologically abused woman without her own self-esteem. I have no idea what the real dynamic is in their marriage but it's fascinating to contemplate a frustrated princess being chained in a tower by her royal in laws. Cindy is not a deep thinker but she's seen enough of the Princess Di movie to know how powerful her own myth is.

Posted by: walt on November 14, 2010 at 9:22 AM | PERMALINK

Ah, John and Cindy, flip flopping through life as one.

Posted by: berttheclock on November 14, 2010 at 9:25 AM | PERMALINK

I'm not qualified to make any kind of clinical judgment, especially filtered through the dark glass of electronic media (I'm no Bill Frist), but I'm with IntelVet on this one. Something is wrong: it was an odd decision to make the ad in the first place and it had to be an ugly discussion to get her to publicly refudiate her position.

Particularly weird to me is that there are people all around the McCain's who are willing to say (possibly even to themselves) "Nothing to see here; move along."

Posted by: jhe on November 14, 2010 at 9:36 AM | PERMALINK

She sobered up for a couple of days? Or something is in the water? I know, she wants to show her husband what it looks like to be a hypocrite.

Posted by: ComradeAnon on November 14, 2010 at 10:09 AM | PERMALINK

Interesting that her rebuttal came via Twitter...maybe somebody hacked her account.

This should be more incentive to show the commercial - more people will see the commercial than read her tweet. And repeated showing of the commercial keeps the issue current - John MaCain is going to get sick of trying to answer the question of why his wife supports repeal of DADT.

Posted by: delNorte on November 14, 2010 at 10:14 AM | PERMALINK

Youse guys are really harsh on Madam McCain... The simplest explain is the most likely... McCain is running for President in 2012. To get the nomination Cindy must be in sync with John. This move reassures Teapublicans that John had Cindy under control while reassuring moderates that someone in the WH will represent their interests.

It is the same game the moderate repubs played with the kooky christians for decades until Bush II came along and governed as a kooky imperialist Christian.

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on November 14, 2010 at 10:24 AM | PERMALINK

The real explanation is that Cindy just didn't know what side of the issue her husband was on this week. She thought he said he went along with the generals. (He did.) But then the Generals decided they could swallow gays in the military. (They did.) So hubby changed his mind. It is hard for a simpleton, drugged house frau to keep up.

Posted by: candideinnc on November 14, 2010 at 10:44 AM | PERMALINK

Did the Botox remove some of the wrinkles from Mrs. McCain's brain at the same time it removed the wrinkles from her face? Divorce him Cindy. You have the $, not John.

Posted by: Cynic on November 14, 2010 at 10:46 AM | PERMALINK

Steve!

Everything is right on, but the comment about "second/current wife" is beneath you. I depend on you not to do that kind of stooping.

Posted by: HenryEdward on November 14, 2010 at 11:22 AM | PERMALINK

Actually it's kind of weird. The thing is actually to let the little lady have "opinions" so really stupid moderates will see that as evidence that the principal isn't so doctrinaire. The Bushes ran that game: Laura was pro-choice or heterodox on some other issue, though that had zero impact on the right-wing revolutionaries Bush appointed to his administration and to the bench.

Perhaps the teatards are too literal-minded, or more likely too doctrinaire, to countenance this really harmless double-dealing with the kinds of voters who only tune in every 4 years. More's the better if that's the case.

Posted by: kth on November 14, 2010 at 11:45 AM | PERMALINK

Interesting that her rebuttal came via Twitter...maybe somebody hacked her account.

Well, she could hardly make a public appearance, could she? Someone might notice all the bruises...

Posted by: josef on November 14, 2010 at 12:11 PM | PERMALINK

If anyone knows what John McCain's actual core beliefs are please chime in.

Posted by: max on November 14, 2010 at 12:36 PM | PERMALINK

Simple explanation - Cindy is this || close to daughter Meghan Marguerite McCain . . . who is quite strong of spirit, and who strongly opposes DADT. She and her mom have been as one on the issue, but when she and Cindy hatched the plan for Cindy to do the video, reasoning they had every right to do so w/o consulting daddy-the-flip/flop-king, they NEVER told his majesty. His majesty got Cindy to back away from the DADT aspect S I M P L Y by citing the embarrassment to his majesty for her having done the vid without his prior knowledge/consultation. It's all about family dynamics. How sad.

Posted by: Steved on November 14, 2010 at 12:39 PM | PERMALINK

Remember during the campaign her suspiciously broken arm?

Posted by: maverratick on November 14, 2010 at 3:40 PM | PERMALINK

One day to the next would at least be a bit of time to change your mind in, but one sentence to the next?

"I fully support the NOH8 campaign and all it stands for and am proud to be a part of it. But I stand by my husband's stance on DADT," she tweeted.

Posted by: tamiasmin on November 14, 2010 at 4:04 PM | PERMALINK

Now we know John McCain's answer to that old political gotcha question, When did you stop beating your wife?

Sen. McCain: I haven't stopped.

Posted by: Mr Sippi on November 14, 2010 at 6:25 PM | PERMALINK

All good explanations. But she is practicing the flip flop in preparation for when McAce buys the farm. You know, name recognition means you are qualified to hold office.

Posted by: Kevin (not the famous one) on November 14, 2010 at 8:27 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry if somebody already pointed this out, but aren't we talking about John McCain's wife here? Isn't this the guy who doesn't even support laws he crafted and helped to pass? I doubt she knows how many homes she owns too.

Posted by: MadHater on November 14, 2010 at 9:13 PM | PERMALINK

"husband probably pressured her to say something that's at odds with her own beliefs."

I am willing to believe she does not see the contradiction.

"But John does support DADT repeal just like me! As soon as the generals say it is ok, and its not 'a practice'"

Posted by: molosky on November 14, 2010 at 11:41 PM | PERMALINK

Surely this is not yet over.

Posted by: Bob M on November 14, 2010 at 11:55 PM | PERMALINK

I am sure he was a fine man during war, but he is sure a loser now. I would never believe him because he doesn't stick to his opinion. And to push Cindy to say she did not agree with DADT. What a actor he is. A lot of people can see through this. How disgusting!

Posted by: Janet Lynn on November 15, 2010 at 9:28 PM | PERMALINK
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