Saturday, August 09, 2008

Politics and Family Values

By now everyone knows about John Edwards' adultery. Since Republicans claim the family values franchise this would be a good time to bring that up, B U T ...

While he was a P.O.W. in Vietnam, [John McCain's] first wife, model Carol Shepp, was seriously injured in a horrific traffic accident in which she was thrown through the windshield. She didn't mention this in her letters to him in Vietnam to keep his morale up. When he got back and saw her 4 inches shorter, seriously overweight, and on crutches, he began having affairs. One piece of indisputable evidence is the fact that he obtained a license to marry wealthy beer heiress Cindy Hensley on March 6, 1980, while still legally married to Carol. Here is the L.A. Times story but if you type: McCain adultery to Google, you'll get 500,000 hits. Journalistic standards ought to require that if Edwards cheating on his sick wife is an indication of a deep moral flaw, then McCain cheating on his sick wife ought to be the same thing. And McCain is a candidate for President; Edwards is not.

The moral character grenade won't work this time. I don't look for the phrases "family values" or "moral character" to be mentioned by McCain until this blows over.
Glass house.

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