I saw a bit of John McCain's appearance at the Sheriff's convention in Indianapolis. Standing next to him as he signed autographs and shook hands with the audience was Cindy McCain. The woman has just arrived back in the country from her trip to the far east. I highly recommend you go to Meghan McCain's blog site and check out the trip's narrative and photos. I recommend the blog site anyway. It's a terrific glance behind the scenes of the McCain campaign. The stamina of these two is amazing. And, they don't complain.
Newsweek did a cover article on Cindy McCain last week. The interviewer did a decent job, especially considering the magazine is an ardent supporter of Obama for President. Of course, a smaller article on Obama ran immediately after the McCain article. No surprise. Do you think the McCains get an equal amount of articles? Hardly. Newsweek made a point of saying that in polling, Michelle Obama comes out in front of Cindy McCain. Not surprising as Michelle Obama is better known than McCain. Obama's publicity stunts are adored and encouraged. She's the new Jackie O. Yeah.
Cindy McCain plans to step up her own publicity and as she does, America likes her. Not so much, Michelle 'the closer' Obama. Unless you're Whoopie Goldberg or Oprah.
Two more Obama advisers came forth yesterday to bash John McCain's qualifications for Commander in Chief as it relates to his military experience. First, Rand Beers said,"to some extent his national security experience in that regard (years as POW) is sadly limited and I think it is reflected in some of the ways that he thinks about how U.S. forces might be committed to conflicts around the world."
And, Senator Jim Webb, like Beers, a former Republican in previous administrations (Webb was fired as Secretary of Navy under President Reagan, after only 7 months), "If that is one area that I would ask him to calm down on, it's that, don't be standing up and uttering your political views and implying that all the people in the military support them because they don't."
As Obama careens to the middle to get himself elected, the agent of change, it is a delicate line he has to straddle. The far left is angry at him for now backtracking on his immediate withdrawal from Iraq plans, and he is nothing without the Moveon crowd and Soros money. Now he is aiming for the evangelical voters - which is a stretch even for him, what with his association with Rev. Wright and Rev. Fleger and the sound clips they carry.
Obama is quite an unprincipled politician. Not much change there for Washington.
The contrast in November will be crystal clear.