Thursday, May 08, 2008

Right Wing magazines attack Cindy McCain

Cindy McCain has now made it official, telling Ann Curry she will not release her tax returns. The Democratic National Committee has quite correctly pointed out that this is unacceptable, especially when you consider that McCain has relied on his wife's money and corporate jet to help fund his campaign.

Suprisingly, conservative magazines have attacked Mrs. McCain on this issue in an unexpected show of intellectual honesty.

The National Review's Andrew Stuttaford writes:
Trusts and income this large, even if only partly controlled by a potential future First Lady, matter. We've already seen how (she) effectively helped finance her husband's campaign, at least in its bleaker moments.
Matthew Continetti writes for The Weekly Standard that she should give up the returns, even though it would be difficult:
Making (her) tax returns public would confirm that she's (Senator McCain's) sugar daddy (sugar mommy?). It would also strike a blow against (her husband's) populist rhetoric by detailing the lavish lifestyle he and his wife enjoy...
Even Robert Novak has surprised me by writing that this is "politically critical, because no previous presidential candidate relied so much on his spouse's wealth" and without his wife's money, "it is fair to say (he) would not be his party's presidential standard-bearer and probably would not even be a U.S. senator today."

The Washington Post editorial board has also joined in, writing:
...with her husband seeking the presidency, her financial dealings, as well as his, ought to be as open as possible. Keeping her returns private would set a bad precedent. Imagine a future presidential candidate whose spouse has complicated business dealings or federal contracts, chooses to file a separate tax return, and refuses to make it public.
With such refreshing honesty all around I expect we'll see --

Um, wait.

I'm sorry. All those editorials were about Teresa Heinz-Kerry's tax returns and are from 2004.

So never mind. I doubt we'll hear much of anything from these usual suspects this time around.

Update: Of course, now that it's McCain's wife getting grilled, his spokesdrones are saying that "Howard Dean continues to lower the bar in this election."

This is simple: All these right wingers are full of shit or they call Cindy McCain out. I'm betting on feces.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done - you got a shout out over at Kos, fyi.

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent post. You really had me there for a second. Came over from Daily Kos as well.

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

um, ditto

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy crap- you got me. I thought months of reading FARK would train me for this, but you got me.


2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another one from Kos. Nice post. God, I hope this gets some traction.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

Now if we could just find a comment from 2004 where McCain complained because Kerry wouldn't release Threasa's returns. THAT would cinch the deal.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's May 8th and the WAPO Editorial was May 4th - so they are already 4 days into being McFlipping and McFlopping.

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RNC Chair Ed Gillespie issued a release this a.m. calling
on the Kerry camp to release Teresa Heinz Kerry's tax returns.
Gillespie: "Throughout history, presidential candidates have
disclosed income tax information prior to Election Day. We
believe Americans value disclosure and transparency in
campaigns. During the 2003 filing year, Sen. Kerry made a $6
million loan to his campaign based on the value of a home
jointly owned with his wife. Were itnot for that infusion of
cash John Kerry might not be on the campaign trail today.
Because of her financial interest in the presidential campaign
of her husband, Teresa Heinz Kerry pledged to disclose her tax
information on October 15. Tomorrow is October 15 and Americans
will find out if they plan to keep that promise" (release,

3:07 PM  
Blogger Cameron said...

Huzzah! Bravo! Lets keep directing websites to your entry until some mainstream media picks it up.

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also from Kos.
I see that the only way to get Cindy McCain to open her tax returns is to force them to defend the charges that she and McSame are not profiting from the war as has been rumored!
She must release her conflict of interest information and prove that they are not financially profiting from WAR!!!

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice job! Came over from Kos

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also from Kos, loved it. They´ll get it out of her eventually.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also from Kos. How many shares of Lockheed-Martin does she own? Halliburton? KBR? Blackwater? How much will her estate benefit from 100 years in Iraq?

6:34 PM  
Blogger jack fate said...

Yeah, the Great Orange and Majestic Overlord and Satan turned me your way, too. But damn, that's a startling way to demonstrate the double standard. It's not so surprising that she is getting a pass right now. But, I hope (but in no way expect) the "regular" media will note and press this issue.

At that time, I remember agreeing with the authoritarian personalities highlighted in the post. Presidential elections are "the interview" for arguably the most important job/elected office in the nation. There is an understanding that public scrutiny is necessary and no one even aspiring to that office, nor their immediate family, should expect to not be hounded about financial ties.

I don't know if my liver can take the rest of this election cycle.

Great blog, btw. I will, fer' sure, be back.

8:37 PM  
Anonymous baratunde aka jack turner said...

well done. Found via memeorandum

2:52 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Good work! I came over from Kos, live many of you. I knew that sooner or later Cindy McCain would come under some sort of fire.
She has done some good stuff, such as founding American Voluntary Medical Team (AVMT).

But she should release her tax forms; Teresa Heinz Kerry released part of hers in 2003. I don't see why C. McCain shouldn't release hers as well.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

I love that she is getting this pressure. However, I don't think she will ever release the returns because she comes from a family that has been rich for awhile. You know that she has learned the tricks of tax dodging from the masters and by releasing her returns would be giving her husband's populist, every-guy persona a giant kick in the groin. Who knows if he would survive.

12:58 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Nice job

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I don't think she will ever release the returns because she comes from a family that has been rich for awhile. You know that she has learned the tricks of tax dodging from the masters and by releasing her returns would be giving her husband's populist, every-guy persona a giant kick in the groin. Who knows if he would survive.

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