In my wild imaginings, I can’t help but hypothesize that Cindy McCain’s Hitchcock blondness–a taut cross between Tippi Hedren in The Birds and Eva Marie Saint in North by Northwest–is being high-buffed as a visual counterpoint to her presumptive rival for role of first lady, Michelle Obama. The more vanilla ice that Cindy McCain gets, the blacker Michelle Obama looks, making McCain the more traditional, formal, supportive, standing-behind-her-husband-speaking-only-when-it’s-appropriate classic model–the eternal prom queen presiding over the receiving line.
She has already been deployed by the McCain campaign as an editorial counterpoint, taken out of her cellophane wrapping long enough to soundbite that, unlike Michelle Obama, she’s always been proud of her country, always will be.
In this clip, McCain delivers the patriotic rejoinder with a plucky little hand gesture reminiscent of Liddy Dole at her most down-homey, but the more interesting bit is when she and her husband are asked to elaborate, and she simply repeats what she said before with a distinct lack of oomph, as if she’s afraid of going off-script and straying off-message, having not rehearsed a more fleshed-out follow-up.
Discuss. All I have to add is that unlike that faux stiff martinet Cindy McCain, I haven’t always been proud of my country, but I still love it. I will be even prouder when the current GOP and their bullshit games like this are banished to the wilderness.
*** Update ***
You know one thing I am proud of- so far Barack and Michelle have not played the bullshit game. I have not seen them rushing to cameras wearing flag lapel pins dressed in red, white, and blue while singing the Star Spangled banner to demonstrate how much they love the country. All I have seen is a minor clarification from both when asked by reporters. More of that, please. Ignore these petty gasbags.