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    On That NY Times “Vows” Column

    By kyle | December 23, 2010

    Okay, it’s a little bit gross. Two cheating hearts meet, and before long they’re dumping their spouses for each other. Life is indeed complicated, but I don’t see anything much to boast about when you’re forced to mark down your marriage as a big fail. Best bet is to keep quiet about it.

    But you know what was even a little bit more gross? The RNC video of John McCain that played before his acceptance speech in St. Paul in 2008. The one that celebrated, from Cindy McCain’s point of view, her fateful first meeting with this dashing naval officer, who strode across the room to her at a party, all resplendent in his dress whites or whatever. Very “An Officer and a Gentleman”! McCain was married at the time.

    Topics: John McCain, Newspapers | 4 Comments »

    4 Responses to “On That NY Times “Vows” Column”

    1. kishke Says:
      December 24th, 2010 at 1:52 am

      Hey, it’s all about them. The damage they do to their children doesn’t matter. They’re happy!

    2. schizuki Says:
      December 24th, 2010 at 8:11 am

      Even worse, McCain’s first wife (a swimsuit model) dutifully waited for her maimed husband to return from a POW camp. Unfortunately for her, she was also maimed (in a car crash) in that time. So he literally traded her in for a new model.

      Normally I wouldn’t care (heck, I held my nose and voted for him), but McCain loves to preen about his sense of honor.

    3. Kyle Says:
      December 24th, 2010 at 9:29 am

      It’s kind of interesting that the press never really called him on this. I have to think it’s because the major papers and networks are run by 60-ish guys, many of them on spouse no. 2 or 3, and they’d rather not open that can of worms.

    4. KS Says:
      December 24th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

      But the NY Times did allege that McCain had an affair with, I believe, a lobbyist. And I recall seeing a story with a reporter trying to talk with the first Mrs. McCain as she got in her car.

      The videos shown at the conventions are political propaganda. I’m pretty sure that Bill Clinton’s video didn’t mention Gennifer Flowers et al.