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May 10, 2008

John and Cindy’s 2000 Vote: The Matter Of The Children


There was an interesting moment in Thursday’s interview with Cindy McCain on the TODAY Show, especially in light of the intense buzz surrounding whether the McCains actually voted for Bush in 2000.  (This, in addition to Arianna Huffington’s psychological take-down of Mac’s hyena-like denial in front of O’Reilly.)

Referring to negative campaigning, the TODAY Show’s Ann Curry asked Cindy McCain:

“It’s six months to go before the election.  Are you prepared for the next six months knowing that that’s how it generally does go?”

If you watch the interview, McCain is mostly breezy, sometimes firm, but at this particular point, you can see the emotion in her eyes.  (The screen shot comes immediately after Curry says: “prepared for the next six months.”)

McCain answered: “Well, I’m never ready for those kinds of things…” then added, “especially when it involves my children.”

For a mother, given that the attacks involved her daughter, Bridget, it is not surprising she would answer the question that way.  However, if such feelings remain this live and close to the surface eight years later, could the sting be that separate and distinct from hard feelings toward Bush/Rove for perpetrating the attacks?

Following the interview, Curry told co-anchor Meredith Vieira she had asked McCain about charges she hadn’t voted for Bush in 2000, and that McCain told here it wasn’t true.  Cindy McCain’s pain here, however, makes it that much harder to believe that the attacks and her 2000 vote could be that exclusive of one another.

TODAY interview with Cindy McCain (video – MSNBC)

Cindy McCain ‘shocked, appalled’ about Myanmar (TODAY – MSNBC)

(screen shot: TODAY Show, via

  • g

    I have always wondered about the character of both McCains that they supported Bush in 2004 despite the unspeakable things he did to their child. How could you swallow that and embrace the man?

  • Maxstar

    I think she ought to brace herself. As a Democrat, I was surprised by the tenor of the blogs. Huffington, Koz and john arivois were Republicans who became Democrats. A lot of the thoughts and vicious attacks on their sites against Hillary were surprising from people who were supposed to be Democrats. I never thought that Monica Lewinsky would be so prominent in these blogs. I was so disgusted by so much that I’ve read from Obama supporters. I am embarrassed to be in the same party as some of these people. I am not going to support McCain because of his policies. But, as a human being, he always seemed good, fair, honest and concerned about America. I think some of the elements of our party learned the wrong lessons from Karl Rove. I expect it will be an uglier Democratic campaign than we have ever seen before. And these good people (with wrong policies) will be trashed as human beings unfairly.

  • DennisQ

    Cindy McCain has the novel idea that she can be married to the president and not be the First Lady. But a significant number of people vote for the president’s family as part of the entire package. Cindy’s being considered for a political role that goes back to Martha Washington.
    If she doesn’t want the job, she needs to face up to it. It’s very late in the process for her to find out she can’t have the privacy she wants. I suspect she’s not all that realistic. She’s very accustomed to getting her own way.
    In the increasingly distant past, the press has left the First Lady alone. Times have changed. Cindy McCain will not be the President’s missus the way Mamie Eisenhower was. Those days are gone.

  • elephty

    I do not know Obama supporters who have been mean toward Hillary Clinton. In my state’s Democratic Party the Hillary supporters and the Obama supporters are great friends who will vote for whoever the democratic nominee is.
    My hunch is that the most virulent statements are from fake democratic bloggers. The democratic people I know do not hate each other, if anything they are disgusted with the republican leadership as I believe even some republicans are.
    It was disgusting to see John McCain hug George W. Bush after the vicious and slanderous statements Bush’s campaign made about McCain and his family. I would not have hugged Bush if his campaign trashed my family and I in the same fashion. I would have told Bush to kiss my… I am certain that the Bush campaign told McCain that it was just politics. Sure, it is just politics, if the players are scumbags.

  • cenoxo

    McCain answered: “Well, I’m never ready for those kinds of things…” then added, “especially when it involves my children.”
    Judging from the way Cindy McCain looks in your TODAY frame grab, I think Mom’s ready for the next time.

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