No doubt you saw the news yesterday. Poor Cindy McCain -- she's in such pain! It seems that the rigors of the campaign trail were just too much for this former drug addict to bear. She required hospitalization, and I suspect a new prescription -- one she can have filled at pharmacies all over the country, every day if necessary - from as many doctors as required -- over and over and over...
The rigors of campaigning caught up with Cindy McCain on Wednesday. She suffered a minor wrist sprain when an "enthusiastic supporter" shook her hand at a fundraiser.
Later in the afternoon, she stood beside her husband, GOP presidential hopeful John McCain, wearing a soft cast on her right arm supported by a black fabric sling that sported a sparkly brooch.
"I'm absolutely fine," she said.
I'll says she's fine -- just look at that glassy-eyed smile!
It was back in 1999, while husband John campaigned for the 2000 presidency, that the word of McCain's prior drug addiction first came out. Cindy was addicted to prescription painkillers vicodin and percocet.
GOP presidential candidate John McCain's wife Cindy took to the airwaves last week, recounting for Jane Pauley (on "Dateline") and Diane Sawyer (on "Good Morning America") the tale of her onetime addiction to Percocet and Vicodin, and the fact that she stole the drugs from her own nonprofit medical relief organization.
It was a brave and obviously painful thing to do.
It was also vintage McCain media manipulation.
While his campaign is gaining some momentum in places like New Hampshire and South Carolina, Arizona Sen. John McCain is locked in a tough primary fight in his own backyard.
I had deja vu watching Cindy McCain on television, perky in a purple suit with tinted pearls to match. It was so reminiscent of the summer day in 1994 when suddenly, years after she'd claimed to have kicked her habit, McCain decided to come clean to the world about her addiction to prescription painkillers.
I believe she wore red that day. She granted semi-exclusive interviews to one TV station and three daily newspaper reporters in Arizona, tearfully recalling her addiction, which came about after painful back and knee problems and was exacerbated by the stress of the Keating Five banking scandal that had ensnared her husband. To make matters worse, McCain admitted, she had stolen the drugs from the American Voluntary Medical Team, her own charity, and had been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Yep, you read that correctly. She's a class act, and definitely the kind of role-model we want for young women in America.... get hooked on drugs, and then steal them from a charity.
But the good news is that Cindy's back on the campaign trail, smiling more then ever -- really, really smiling a lot. Welcome back, Cindy.
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