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Monday, June 9, 2008

The First Mrs. John McCain

posted by on June 9 at 12:10 PM

The Daily Mail—a British tabloid—takes a long, hard look at John McCain’s first marriage. It isn’t pretty.

McCain likes to illustrate his moral fibre by referring to his five years as a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam. And to demonstrate his commitment to family values, the 71-year-old former US Navy pilot pays warm tribute to his beautiful blonde wife, Cindy, with whom he has four children.

But there is another Mrs McCain who casts a ghostly shadow over the Senator’s presidential campaign. She is seldom seen and rarely written about, despite being mother to McCain’s three eldest children….

[When] McCain returned to America in 1973 to a fanfare of publicity and a handshake from Richard Nixon, he discovered his wife had been disfigured in a terrible car crash three years earlier. Her car had skidded on icy roads into a telegraph pole on Christmas Eve, 1969. Her pelvis and one arm were shattered by the impact and she suffered massive internal injuries.

When Carol was discharged from hospital after six months of life-saving surgery, the prognosis was bleak. In order to save her legs, surgeons had been forced to cut away huge sections of shattered bone, taking with it her tall, willowy figure. She was confined to a wheelchair and was forced to use a catheter.

Through sheer hard work, Carol learned to walk again. But when John McCain came home from Vietnam, she had gained a lot of weight and bore little resemblance to her old self.

Today, she stands at just 5ft4in and still walks awkwardly, with a pronounced limp. Her body is held together by screws and metal plates and, at 70, her face is worn by wrinkles that speak of decades of silent suffering.

Carol insists she remains on good terms with her ex-husband, who agreed as part of their divorce settlement to pay her medical costs for life. ‘I have no bitterness,’ she says. ‘My accident is well recorded. I had 23 operations, I am five inches shorter than I used to be and I was in hospital for six months. It was just awful, but it wasn’t the reason for my divorce.

‘My marriage ended because John McCain didn’t want to be 40, he wanted to be 25. You know that happens…it just does.’

Some of McCain’s acquaintances are less forgiving, however. They portray the politician as a self-centred womaniser who effectively abandoned his crippled wife to ‘play the field’. They accuse him of finally settling on Cindy, a former rodeo beauty queen, for financial reasons.

Read the rest here. Via Americablog.

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Am I the only one who finds mccain's current wife to be a scary fembot?

Posted by Dead Reagan | June 9, 2008 12:23 PM

Typical Family Values man! Save Marriage- Outlaw Divorce. These people make me sick.

Posted by HypocritsAll | June 9, 2008 12:25 PM

"John McCain didn’t want to be 40, he wanted to be 25..."

If he was willing to divorce to be 25 back then, I'll bet you he'd KILL to be 50 right now!

Posted by James | June 9, 2008 12:25 PM

The fact that he and Cindy began dating while he was still married indicates that he is an adulterer. McCain is going to have to lick a lot of Fundamentalist fundament to get out the vote. I have no doubt we will be seeing a lot more of his so-called moderation kicked to the way-side as the months go by.

Posted by inkweary | June 9, 2008 12:25 PM

Just the man I want telling me about "family values". What an ass.

Posted by DanFan | June 9, 2008 12:26 PM

Far be it from me to defend McCain of all people, but the quoted excerpt makes the Daily Mail piece seem like a contrived hatchet job, trying to write around the first wife's own lack of ill will.

Posted by lostboy | June 9, 2008 12:27 PM


"What an ass." Yeah, I think he has been working out. Nice of you to notice.

Posted by Sad Comment | June 9, 2008 12:29 PM

Man if someone gave me free medical care for life, I'd say anything they wanted to the media.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 9, 2008 12:29 PM

@6: it's the Daily Mail, of course it's a contrived hatchet job. But even so, McCain does seem like a serious jackass.

Posted by Abby | June 9, 2008 12:29 PM

There's even more documented and undocumented proof that he tends to cheat on whoever his current wife is - but the MSM in the USA won't carry it.

It's great living in a totalitarian state, comrades!

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 9, 2008 12:36 PM

@7 - I sincerely apologize for my "sad comment". Does "rotten bastard" or "hypocritical asshole" suit your fancy any better? Or maybe some hip slogger lingo such as "asshat" or "fucktard?" All of the above apply.

Posted by DanFan | June 9, 2008 12:36 PM

A telegraph pole? Really?

Posted by Mike of Renton | June 9, 2008 12:36 PM

Yeah, of course this piece is a contrived hatchet job. But the contrived part is trying to make his ex-wife seem more bitter than she is. The rest, all the stuff about his adultery and his dumping her for a younger, prettier woman, is true and will be a nice-sized thorn in his side as he tries to woo the religious right.

Posted by Hernandez | June 9, 2008 12:40 PM

Abby @9, et al,

Between economic cluelessness, increasingly brazen right-wing pandering and a growing collection of flip-flops to facilitate it, and the screaming hypocrisy of his claims to exceptional integrity, I have more then enough material for hating on John McCain without repeating any tabloid bullshit.

Posted by lostboy | June 9, 2008 12:41 PM

Carol is just waiting for October. Then she'll open her mouth.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 9, 2008 12:42 PM

So what's the difference between McCain acting like a 25 year old at 40 and Obama acting like a 25 year old at 46? Try again in 2012, Barack- men don't grow up until they're 50 anyways!

Posted by Cattymaran | June 9, 2008 12:43 PM

I don't really like to think about my crazy right wing grandpa having sex. Thanks.

Posted by superyeadon | June 9, 2008 12:44 PM

No apology needed. I guess I must have struck a nerve, I guess the comment was a little too close for your comfort level.

Posted by Sad Comment | June 9, 2008 12:44 PM

"Maybe so, but at least McCain wears a flag pin."

Posted by Bub | June 9, 2008 12:45 PM

Where is Obama acting like he's 25? He's been married once, with no affairs on the radar.

I think McCain was more turned on by Cindy's $100 mil fortune than he was her foxy 25-year-old bod.

Posted by Fnarf | June 9, 2008 12:50 PM

@18 - Not at all. I actually laughed for awhile at the thought that ANYone would notice his ass. Bleagh. Come to think of it though, in that picture of him holding hands with his trophy (at the linked site), he does look like he's clenching it pretty hard.

Posted by DanFan | June 9, 2008 12:52 PM

@22 $109 mil but who's counting (other than mccain).

Posted by Dead Reagan | June 9, 2008 12:54 PM

yeah, but is there credible evidence he called carol a cunt in front of a gaggle of people, too?

Posted by ellarosa | June 9, 2008 12:55 PM

#22 This explains why McCain thinks middle income is $200,000 a year.

Posted by elswinger | June 9, 2008 1:04 PM

Nothing will come of this past event on the part of McCain. Most of McCain's base of support is also made up of moralistic hypocrites with plenty to hide. The code of silence in the "old boys club" rules in this case.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | June 9, 2008 1:07 PM

Both McCain and Guiliani divorced their 1st wives to marry much wealthier/well-connected women.

That is why I found it so confusing that republicans talked so badly of Kerry and marrying into the Heinz fortune.

Posted by Original Monique | June 9, 2008 1:11 PM

Funny how all those arguments use FOR Bill Clinton's little snafu suddenly don't apply to McCain. Silly liberals... go vote for your Junior Senator from Illinois -- Castro endorsed him, so he must be a winner.

“A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.” ~ Robert Frost

Posted by Southern in Seattle | June 9, 2008 1:14 PM

@14: yes, of course there is. But expecting the Daily Mail to do anything but tabloid bullshit is ridiculous. It's the Daily Mail. Tabloid bullshit is what they do. Although I thought they were more the right-wing nationalist tabloid bullshit...

Posted by Abby | June 9, 2008 1:40 PM

Abby @28,

I don't expect the Daily Mail to do anything different, any more than I expect GWB to start restoring checks and balances. That doesn't mean I'm going to demean myself by repeating either of their talking points when they happen to fit my agenda.

Posted by lostboy | June 9, 2008 1:48 PM

@28 - remember, however, that Labour in the UK is associated with Bush/McCain in the US - so a right-wing tabloid knocking the linked Bush III McCain is cricket.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 9, 2008 2:09 PM

You're all just plain ignorant to the fact that the guy spent 5 years in prison, tortured and mentally abused, with little or no hope of surviving. How about you all go through the same thing and then judge the man. If you all can't see the significance of those 5 years and the impact they had on his life than truly you are no different than all the right wing nut-jobs.

Posted by Bobster | June 9, 2008 3:00 PM

So, #31, you're conceding that his time as a prisoner impacted him mentally, and are using this as an excuse for his actions.

Well, I don't want somebody who is broken to be a sitting President.

what do you think about that.

Posted by Non | June 9, 2008 3:24 PM

Uglier and uglier...

Posted by Vince | June 9, 2008 3:26 PM

Slog has become a haven for crazy Obama zealots. Sad, because you are all just the other side of the mirror for all the ultra die hard christians that voted for Bush. Same thing, different side. Unable to look at the whole picture - which is ironic, because that is something that Obama can actually do pretty well.

#32 He WAS broken and at that time no one would have wanted to see him president. If you don't believe people can heal than you have another thing coming.

Posted by Bobster | June 9, 2008 3:37 PM

You're all just plain ignorant to the fact that the guy spent 5 years in prison, tortured and mentally abused, with little or no hope of surviving.

Clearly the man DESERVED a hot wife after all that, rather than the glued-and-screwed-together shattered mother of his children.

Maybe that's where Newt got the idea to let his wife know he was divorcing her in the hospital room where she was being treated for cancer.

Good bye and good luck!

Posted by blond hair big boobs and a beer distributorship | June 9, 2008 3:45 PM

Bobster, why aren't you in Iraq right now?

... uh huh ...

thought so!

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 9, 2008 3:54 PM

Speechless. I'm gonna vote for Obama but I hope McCain wins. He at least doesn't have zealots voting for him.

Posted by Bobster | June 9, 2008 3:59 PM
I'm gonna vote for Obama but I hope McCain wins.
That neatly sums up the rationality of Bobster's comments.
Posted by lostboy | June 9, 2008 4:04 PM

bobster, i'm an Obama PARTISAN, not a zealot. its possible to be such a thing.

one chief reason my parents BOTH voted for Bush was because of Clinton's infidelity. Pointing out (again & again) that McCain is an adulterer, and Obama is faithful to his wife is just smart politics.

YHWH don't give a fuck if he was a POW - that's no excuse for violating a commandment.

Posted by max solomon | June 9, 2008 4:10 PM

Yo, Bobster. I am aware of his time in the tiger cages. I recognize his suffering and the strength of character it elicited. It doesn't get him a free pass to the presidency, though. It also doesn't excuse his more recent enthusiasm for torture practiced by Americans, and it doesn't have anything to do with his vulnerability to charges that he dumped his wife with the wrecked body for a young, rich one. Which is exactly what he did.

Posted by Fnarf | June 9, 2008 4:10 PM

Sounds a lot like "change you can Xerox" to me, well, you probably do have more facts than the "Swift Boat Veterans For Truth", and you are an individual, not a 527 group, but other than that...

Bureau of Intellectual Titans Crushing Hypocrisy

Posted by Epimetheus | June 9, 2008 4:26 PM

Hey Faggot;

I'm a married male who was out of the country for business, I won't bore you with the details, but things went very badly for me and I was gone longer than expected. While I was gone my wife was in a car accident and was severely injured, I have great sympathy for her (did I mention I was inured too while I was gone?, oh I guess not, well suffice it to say when I said "things went very badly" some might consider that an understatement).
I know, "for better and worse" and all that, but she has also gained a lot of weight and is just not the girls I married. I know you have written about fatties, and I'm wondering would I be a total asshole if I divorced her? I would support her financially.

Sincerely; Possibly Obliged, Wondering [about options)]

Posted by Possibly Obliged, Wondering | June 9, 2008 4:57 PM

OMG, that wasn't supposed to be plural girls, really it wasn't.
Well damn you Sigmund, I guess I am an ass, which totally screws up the point of my last post.

Posted by Possibly Obliged, Wondering | June 9, 2008 5:12 PM

Sure, WE think it's damaging but really that just makes him a Republican's hero.

Posted by monkey | June 9, 2008 5:52 PM

On May 29, Ana Novarro, national co-chair of the McCain campaign's Hispanic Advisory Board, said this:

John McCain shares values with the Hispanic and Latino community--values of strong families . . . .
How patronizing and revolting. Is she saying that the Hispanic and Latino community shares the "strong family values" of a man who ditched the wife who raised his children by herself while he was a prisoner of war--to marry a much younger multimillionaire heiress?

Posted by kk | June 9, 2008 6:33 PM


He at least doesn't have zealots voting for him.

Please tell me that this is a funny joke so that I may laugh heartily along with you.

Thanks in advance,


Posted by Ryan | June 9, 2008 9:37 PM

I am still voting for Sexy Johnny MC over the freak show known as OBAMA and his EVIL BITCH of a WIFE!

Since, my Sexy Woman HILLARY left, I have NO CHOICE!

Posted by Jesse Escobar | June 10, 2008 11:06 PM

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