The right-wing rag The Washington Times published a cute Valentine’s Day article today all about political couples and their courtships entitled “Campaigning with Cupid.” It begins:
Cindy Hensley met future husband John McCain at a military reception in Hawaii in 1979. She was 24, he was 17 years her senior, and both lied about their ages. He monopolized her time all night and later invited her out for a drink. “By the evening’s end, I was in love,” the Arizona senator has said.
They conveniently left this part out:
McCain was still married and living with his wife [Carol] in 1979 while, according to The New York Times‘ Nicholas Kristof, “aggressively courting a 25-year-old woman who was as beautiful as she was rich.” McCain divorced his wife, who had raised their three children while he was imprisoned in Vietnam, then launched his political career with his new wife’s family money.
Cindy was 24; John was 41 and still living with his wife Carol who had raised his three children while he was passing time in Vietnam. McCain divorced Carol in April, 1980 and married Cindy in May, 1980. This is okay in the Republican world because Cindy was rich.
So… would you call him the heartless bastard or her the slutty home wrecker? Or neither, since we only talk about things like this when it’s the Democrats who are doing them?
John McCain: soon to be the presidential nominee of the “party of family values.”