Cindy McCain's a Republican. I'm a Democrat. I've lived long enough to watch Republican women give cover for their presidential husbands (John McCain was the GOP presidential nominee in 2008). Oh, look, Nancy Reagan's pro-choice! So it's okay (the argument goes) that her husband isn't. That little two-step was played both Bush wives as well. And I have serious doubts that any of the women supported abortion rights but knew that it would appeal to (some) women as well as to (some) men (for men, chiefly the ones who want to keep women down: "Yeah, Laura Bush is for abortion but her husband isn't and he's running things!").
So I don't often give a lot of attention to the "Well we disagree" dance.
But sometimes there is a real disagreement. And that's in the news today.
Lucy Madison (CBS News) reports that Cindy McCain has taped a spot calling for the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Good for her. It's the right thing to do and you can view it at the link because they have the video.
Her husband currently is opposed to the repeal. She could have offered the weak spouse comment and nothing more. Instead she took a brave stand -- especially for her party -- and I applaud her for that and thank her.
I can see why people who know her would think highly of her.
And to be clear, I don't say, "Yea for Cindy and screw her husband!"
I wish John McCain would come around. (Making him come around is not Cindy's job. It's our job as the LGBT community.) I know that when so many walked away from Mark Bingham after they learned the hero was also a gay man, McCain didn't and was proud to have had him as a supporter of his 2000 run for the GOP presidential nomination (which he lost).
I don't think John McCain is a homophobe and I think he could be reached on this issue. I hope we manage to do that.
I think Cindy did a brave thing and I'm sure her husband is used to her doing brave things or their marriage wouldn't have lasted. I hope that even if he disagrees with her on this issue, he's glad she's out there expressing herself and fighting for what she believes in.
And she believes in. She makes that very clear. So I thank her for that.
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