posted by June 18 at 13:53 PMon
I think families are off limits. I would never consider making Cindy McCain a campaign issue, and if I saw people doing that - I would speak out against it. And the fact that I haven’t seen that from John McCain I think is a deep disappointment.”
Now, some criticism of Michelle Obama is inevitable. Unlike Stepford heiress and cookie recipe thief Cindy McCain, Michele is a strong surrogate for her husband’s campaign. On the other hand, the kind of ridiculous “angry black woman” accusations made against her by right-wing pundits in recent weeks (highly recommended: here) deserve denouncing, and if McCain wanted to take the high road, he would denounce them.
But I wonder: Where was Obama’s strict “families are off limits” stance when he was snapping at Clinton that he “didn’t know who he was running against” sometimes—her or her husband—in the South Carolina debate (after Clinton pointed out that she, not her husband, was Obama’s opponent)? Where was his “families are off limits” stance when he blasted Clinton in that same debate for “your husband[’s]” criticism of Obama’s statements on Ronald Reagan? Where was it when he implied Clinton was dipping into her wealthy husband’s assets to pay her campaign debt? And for that matter, where was it when media pundits like Chris Matthews were implying that Clinton didn’t win her Senate race on her merit, but because people felt sorry for her because her husband “messed around”?
If families are off limits, they’re off limits—whether the spouse in question is a former President or a whip-smart corporate attorney working full-time for your presidential campaign. I find it disappointing that Obama’s desire to take the high road didn’t emerge until it was his spouse under attack. Nor will I be surprised if Obama has a similar revelation about sexism, a topic he consistently declined to address when it was used to against his female opponent, once it’s turned against his wife.