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Cindy McCain Back on Prescription Painkillers?

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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Didn't the annointed one Barack do drugs as well? Oh wait, who cares about actual Presidential role models and their past discretions. Yes, it's better to go after Cindy McCain. Keep up the good work Lee.


Lee, its no different than Obama's on-again/off-again deadly addiction to nicotine. Shame on you.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

J.R. - Yeah, Obama experimented as ayoung man (like GWB did), but never got addicted, and confessed openly.

Cindy McCain got addicted, hid it, and stole drugs from a charity fer cryin' out loud. I see a difference, don't you?

BPG - again, you don't see a difference? One's illegal while the other isn't -- for starters...


lee, you are an ass. she sprained her wrist, so now you are accusing her of being addicted to drugs again? is this just a case of seeing how low into the gutter you can go? i'd say you should be ashamed of yourself, but it is obvious that you have no shame.

oh, and for the record, there is a HUGE difference between becoming addicted to a prescribed medication and becoming addicted through recreational use.

Lee Ward:

I love talking about Cindy McCain's prior drug addiction. And, I admit, it wouldn't be as special without her having stolen drugs from a charity, but it's still just oh so telling.

No wonder McCain left his disfigured, injured wife to fool around with this woman... she's got such integrity - just like Johnny boy.

And I know from having a drug addict in my family just how low addicts will go to get a prescription. I don't know for a fact that McCain is using her "sprained wrist" to obtain new painkiller prescriptions, but it is precisely the the kind of faux injury addicts use to get drugs.

Low? You wanna see low? Check out the lies Corsi is telling about Obama in his new book, then come back and complain...

and then read up on John McCain and how he left his first wife after she was disfigured in a car accident while he was in Vietnam, and married Cindy the pill-popper one month after divorcing his poor, disfigured wife.

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.

Yeah, Cindy the drug-stealing pill-popper and Johnny "love em and leave 'em when they need you" McCain - you've gotta love those family-value Republicans, especially while the Malkins of the world are screaming about John Edwards.

I'm certainly not defending Edwards, but the McCains are a piece of work on their own.

For someone like Cindy McCain who had such serious problems with drug addiction once before, this claimed new injury of hers could certainly provide her a dangerous new excuse to slide back into drug addiction.

There are alcoholics who can go for years without a drink after treatment, but just social drink has sent them right back into alcoholism. With drug addicts it is the same risk if not even greater.

If someone has a drug addictive personality, this is a very dangerous situation facing Cindy McCain. She can very easily fall off the wagon here and go right back to her old drug troubles.

Like Lee, I'm very troubled at such a personality in the White House, setting a very poor role model for the nation. Betty Ford's alcohol troubles were so bad that there are even alcohol treatment centers named after her. But drug addiction and charity theft are new lows for conduct expected of a first family member.

James Klich:

I hope her drug problems are in her past.


Didn't the annointed one Barack do drugs as well?
So did McCain. Youthful indiscretions and they weren't stealing things to support their habit. What Cindy McCain did in stealing from a charity was low.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Imagine what the right wing would be doing to Obama if he had stolen drugs from a Chicago charity.

But the GOP hypocrites look the other way for Cindy because Cindy is one of them.


How rascism blinds us! Mrs. McCain stole painkillers, and John McCain was fifth from the bottom of his graduating class at the Naval Academy--and that is a class of over 800!

On the other hand, Michelle Obama graduated with top honors from Harvard, and has been praised every place she has worked. She is an excellent mother, still married to the Father of her children (which I am not, so I admire Mrs. Obama all the more.) Cindy was addicted to Percocet and Vicodin, and stole to get it.

Barack Obama spent the first nine months of his life in the womb of a white woman pursuing a Ph.D. He was raised to adulthood by white grandparents He was the President of Harvard Law Review, and graduated in the very top of his Harvard J.D. class. He has endeavored to make it work with the mother of his children, instead of leaving her, as Mr. McCain did, after his 1st wife didn't meet his expectations, and Cindy did.

Joseph Biden was also, as was McCain, tried by horrible losses and trials in life, but has an incredible resume of accomplishment--both educational, professional, and familial. Sarah Palin on the other hand, bounced around three or four universities to get her degree in Journalism. Although I admire the support her husband has for her career, I disrespect the support Sarah has had for her family. While she pursued her political aspirations, she took her newborn baby to work, she will leave him if elected, to be raised by whom? As a well-educated white woman (BIS, MBA, JD), with five children, the last one of which has special needs, I know and can tell you that women, as much as we would like to, can't do everything well. We can do everything, but everything suffers when we try to do everything.

Michelle Obama and Joseph Biden are real assets to consider when you consider which team has the education and integrity to lead this country. Does anyone think anyone would treat the US any better than their own family?


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