Quick, get out a calendar. This liberal almost feels bad for John McCain this week. Cindy McCain is on the warpath, and she's attacking her husband's stance on Don't Ask, Don't Tell. We can officially add theirs to the list of political houses where we'd love to be a fly on the wall.
The senator's wife appeared in a NoH8 campaign ad this week that's designed as yet another anti-bullying message for gay kids, but Cindy McCain's part in the celeb-laden video takes a clear swipe at the feds just weeks after John McCain promised to filibuster a Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal.
"Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future," Cindy says, later adding, "Our government treats the LGBT community like second class citizens."
It sounds like the McCains need to institute a don't ask, don't tell policy in their own house. Only in their house, it should be don't ask me how I feel, I won't tell you you're wrong.
After all, a study by the PAIRS Foundation recently found most married couples actually agree on politics. Ninety percent of the more than 8,700 surveyed said they either fully agreed or agreed more often than not with family members about the candidates they’d support.
It's a heckuva lot easier when you agree. But that doesn't mean the McCains' marriage can't weather the storm. These political couples are holding on strong despite falling in love with the enemy:
George W. Bush and Laura Bush: He was the Republican president who convinced the American public it was time for "change." She was once a registered Democrat who has come out in support of gay marriage. In a loose interpretation on Laura Bush's life, American Wife, fictional author Curtis Sittenfeld furthered the idea that Laura is a closet Democrat stuck living a lie because she loves her husband. Even though it's been said to be 85 percent fictional, the book indicated love can conquer all -- even finding your spouse's political views to be abhorrent. John ran in George's footsteps in 2008, maybe he should call his old pal for tips?
Mary Matalin and James Carville: He's a Democratic strategist who pushed Bill Clinton to victory. She's a Republican consultant who worked as an assistant to George W. Bush. They wrote about how they keep pillow talk from turning into a pillow fight in a memoir, All's Fair. It should be bedside reading for the McCains.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver: He's the lame duck Republican governor of California, and she's a Kennedy, practically Democratic royalty in America. Needless to say, they don't always agree. But the first lady of the Golden State says the key is they both have a chance to talk -- and they listen to each other's opinions. Hey John, you might want to put that video on repeat.
Are some differences just too big to mount?
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