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July 12, 2008

Well, Obviously

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“Ronnie and I always waited until everything was decided, and then we endorsed,” the Republican matriarch said in March. “Well, obviously this is the nominee of the party.” They were the only words she would speak during the five-minute photo op.

from: McCain’s broken marriage and fractured Reagan friendship (LAT)

This shot from March led yesterday morning’s otherwise late-to-the-table LAT front page piece on McCain’s first marriage.  Nancy strongly embraced Carol McCain and, as you can observe, has never forgiven John for leaving her the way he did.

At this point, I couldn’t think of a better shot to characterize McCain’s painful run.  As a flawed candidate in front of an exhausted and fractured party, the real strategy behind the strategy is to just try and keep up appearances.

(Can’t say the pic bids that well, either, for all those cross-over Hillary votes.)

(hat tip: Shepard)



(image: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times. March 25, 2008. Bel Air, CA.)

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  • http://cook.web.eschelon.com/ Geoduck

    You’d think it was a pair of waxworks, except McCain appears to have indigestion.

  • http://mdhatter.wordpress.com mdh

    Nancy was a second wife.
    It speaks volumes to the conservative mind if she can’t forgive McCain his failed first marriage, the same trespass her own husband committed before she married him. Maybe Nancy didn’t know Jane Wyman socially so it was ok?
    (Geoduck, look closely, that’s a smile on his right side, indigestion on the left. Also telling.)

  • ratfood

    mdh, it wasn’t the fact that McCain divorced and remarried that ticked off the Reagans, it was the circumstances. Reagan had been divorced from Jane Wyman for a year when Nancy started dating him. McCain was still married to his disabled wife (a friend of the Reagans) when he began courting Cindy Hensley. McCain dumped his first family later that year. Interesting to note that Cindy was smart enough to make McCain sign a prenup (not as common back in 1980) stating that most of her fortune would remain in her name.
    I’ve never been a fan of the Reagans but I’ll bet that at 87, odds are better that Nancy remembers what she said yesterday than they are for McCain, who exhibits increasing signs of dementia.

  • http://www.the40yearplan.com/ ken krayeske

    Just say no, Nancy. Just say no.

  • Gasho

    The image is a widow – having lost her husband and her youth, but still, unavoidably married to the Party.

  • itwasntme

    I actually ventured into Republican territory when McCain announced his first run for president at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, I think it was 1999. Nancy introduced him there to make his west-coast announcement, and seemed very cordial to him. Perhaps she’s become less supportive of him has he submits further to the neocon ideology, which is putting “true conservatives” off these days. (As yet, not much is being made about this big split in the Republican party, but it should be noted soon and used to Democratic advantage, in my opinion).
    I liked McCain at the time, and took my son (9 yrs) to see his announcement, and talk to him about politics in general. We sat next to “Carl” of Carl’s Junior fame, and he gave us free hamburger cards. Yow!

  • ratfood

    The image is a widow – having lost her husband and her youth, but still, unavoidably married to the Party.
    Posted by: Gasho

    She publicly broke with Dubya and the party over the issue of stem-cell research, which surprised me. Apparently she has reached the age where she doesn’t feel compelled to march in lock-step.

  • Zzyzx

    Yowie zowie!!
    You ever notice how republicans always look as if they are having so much FUN!?

  • http://rightwingsnarkle.blogspot.com Rightwingsnarkle

    She publicly broke with Dubya and the party over the issue of stem-cell research
    I also recall Sandra Day O’Connor recently making a heartfelt plea for more federal research on Alzheimer’s (cuz her husband is demented).
    How republican – the issues don’t matter until one is personally affected.
    Sorry, sweeties. You made your beds. Now lie in them.

  • http://www.jaxxattaxx.com/ black dog barking

    “Well, obviously this is the nominee of the party.”
    That is some faint praise, indeed. Damned faint praise.

  • ratfood

    Rightwingsnarkle, she was nominated by Reagan but is O’Connor a Republican? As a Supreme Court Justice, she often cast her vote in ways that infuriated right-wingers. She was certainly less conservative than Roberts or Alito.
    Anyway, you demonstrate that insensitivity to the suffering of others is not limited to those of a single political persuasion.

  • http://rightwingsnarkle.blogspot.com Rightwingsnarkle

    I’m acutely aware of the suffering of others, as well as to the roles some have in perpetuating that suffering, and in making it worse.
    Sandra Day O’Connor’s time on the Supreme Court will be remembered for one vote – Bush v. Gore.

  • ratfood

    Rightwingsnarkle, Bush v. Gore does cast a long ugly shadow.
    Also, up above I’d made light of McCain exhibiting signs of dementia, so my implied criticism contained a note of hypocrisy. My apologies.

  • tina

    OMG–she couldn’t think of anything else to say? That’s almost worse than critizing him. Here’s the translation: “what the hell, if this is all you can come up with, okay, here’s my rubber stamp but don’t expect me to smile”. He looks like he knows he’s been given the cold shoulder, too.

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