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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

As the Right Wing Gets to Work Smearing Michelle Obama…

posted by on June 18 at 9:35 AM

…now might be a good time to memorize this.

In 1989, following two back surgeries, Cindy McCain became addicted to the painkillers Vicodin and Percocet. To keep up with her daily need of 10 to 15 pills, she used other people’s names for prescriptions and stole drugs from the American Voluntary Medical Team, a mobile surgical unit she’d begun in 1988 to provide emergency medical services around the world. A 1993 DEA audit of the amount of painkillers her charity had obtained quickly uncovered her thefts. She avoided prosecution for those crimes through an agreement with the Justice Department in which she submitted to drug testing, paid a fine, performed community service in a soup kitchen, and joined Narcotics Anonymous.

Good info to have at your fingertips just in case you, like, get into an argument with a Republican relative about which potential First Lady is the bigger disgrace.

Oh, and in addition to being a thief and a drug addict, Cindy McCain is also a serial cookie-recipe plagiarist.

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I love the snopes article:

In a ramp-up towards the run for the Republican nomination, Senator McCain said to his wife, I think you could bring style, grace, and elegance back to the White House.

You cunt...

Posted by Jimmy | June 18, 2008 9:45 AM

What do you mean, Dan? Don't all drug offenders get the same chance to go to rehab, do community service, and pay a fair fine? Oh, wait.....

Posted by P to the J | June 18, 2008 9:46 AM

Hey, now... I wonder, are there any regular commenters on the Slog who can give any tricks of the trade for running a successful smear campaign?

Posted by elenchos | June 18, 2008 9:48 AM

Why do you need a smear campaign when you can just report the facts?

Posted by Mike | June 18, 2008 10:11 AM

If Michelle runs for public office can people mock her for running with her famous husband's name instead of her being a smart lawyer just like they mock Hillary ?

Posted by Odrama | June 18, 2008 10:18 AM

Getting a little ahead of yourself (and us) aren't you Odr?

Posted by daniel | June 18, 2008 10:23 AM

I wish there was a way to email SLOG posts to people, aside from the ol' cut-and-paste.

Posted by schnoodle | June 18, 2008 10:24 AM

Stealing cookie recipes?! Now that's just too fucking crazy.

Posted by Rachael F. | June 18, 2008 10:40 AM

Cindy, you ignorant slut.

Posted by Hernandez | June 18, 2008 10:43 AM

schnoodle, can't you send the permalink?

Also, I hate that this is even an isssue in this stupid ass country, but it is good to have this up my sleeve.

Posted by Mike in MO | June 18, 2008 10:46 AM

Substance abuse is par for the course in political wives, but a person as rich as Cindy shouldn't have any trouble getting prescriptions for painkillers, that's just plain poor planning and lack of initiative.

Posted by inkweary | June 18, 2008 11:37 AM

But Cindy is far more glamorous than Michelle.

Posted by raindrop | June 18, 2008 11:41 AM

raindrop, there isn't that much plastic surgery in the world. take a closer look at Miss Cindy.

Posted by Fitz | June 18, 2008 11:50 AM

Cindy McCain looks like she's starring in a pharmaceutical ad anyways.

Posted by Fnarf | June 18, 2008 11:56 AM

So I guess now Rush Limbaugh will give McCain his unconditional support.

Posted by bobbo | June 18, 2008 12:05 PM

Michelle will be on Teh Veiw today - RW furor is sure to follow even if she "acts white" for an hour straight.

Cindy could eat puppy brains on live TV & it won't make a splash like Michelle's "Whitey" rumor.

It will NEVER be buried.

Posted by max solomon | June 18, 2008 12:14 PM

Mildly interesting. Old news. Totally beside any relevant fucking point of anything.

Posted by umvue | June 18, 2008 12:40 PM

Fnarf, you are pure genius.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | June 18, 2008 12:50 PM

This is going to get ugly.

Posted by Miss Poppy Dixon | June 18, 2008 1:00 PM

Suburban women addicted to prescription drugs is a sizable demographic. Won't hurt them all that much.

Posted by Dougsf | June 18, 2008 1:53 PM

The first time I saw Michelle I thought "What a beautiful first lady she'd make". The first time I saw Cindy McLame I said "Bitch on wheels!"

Posted by Vince | June 18, 2008 2:04 PM

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