The Wife McCain Left Behind

June 11, 2008

“[John] McCain divorced her [his first wife, Carol] in 1980 and married Cindy, 18 years his junior and the heir to an Arizona brewing fortune, just one month later.”

I’m curious as to how he can spin that.  Obviously, it’s difficult to put a positive spin on a divorce, unless you can somehow put the blame on the other spouse (i.e. infidelity).

Which, in this case, isn’t possible.

Carol McCain was in a very serious car accident while her husband was a P.O.W. in Viet Nam.  Icy roads caused her to lose control of her vehicle and hit a telephone pole on Christmas Eve in 1969.  She suffered massive internal injuries and shattered her pelvis and one arm.

She spent six months in the hospital.  Surgeons removed sections of shattered bone, saving her legs at the cost of five inches of height.

She put on weight and was confined to a wheelchair and had to use a catheter.

After much hard work, she was able to walk again.

When John McCain returned home from Viet Nam, he found his wife did not resemble the swimsuit model and beauty pageant contestant he’d married.

The Republican presidential candidate’s ex-wife has maintained silence over the divorce for nearly thirty years.

That’s a very brief summary of the article.  There’s also quotes from his acquaintances, hers, and several others.  It’s an interesting read.

Like I said, I’m curious how he’ll spin it.  Or if he’ll even have to.  I don’t think Barack Obama will bring it up in a debate or campaign advertising, but if McCain tries to make the race about character at any point…  Well, I’d say unless Obama’s got a big, dark secret, McCain’s in trouble.

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Democratic Primary Round-Up

June 3, 2008

According to her campaign chairman, Hillary Clinton is “absolutely not” prepared to concede to Barack Obama. With only 31delegates available in the remaining two contests (in Montana and South Dakota, taking place today), neither candidate will receive the required 2,118 delegates to clinch the nomination. That leaves the decision in the hands of the 193 undecided superdelegates.

Clinton managed to win Puerto Rico over the weekend, taking the majority of the territory’s 55 delegates. Obama, however, has received the support of several high-ranking Democrats, including the House majority whip, James Clyburn and former President Jimmy Carter. Clyburn is the highest-ranking African American in Congress and the Number Three Democrat in the House of Representatives. He is also a superdelegate. Noted Clinton supporter, Senator Diane Feinstein (of California) believes it’s time for the former First Lady to end her campaign.

According to CNN, Obama currently has 2,088 delegates (including 344 superdelegates) to Clinton’s 1,917 (293 superdelegates). A recent poll shows that Senator Obama also has a slight advantage (five percent) over the presumptive Repuclican nominee, John McCain.

Looks like the next twenty four hours will be very interesting for the Democratic party.