Right Wing magazines attack Cindy McCain
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 --
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.