Why Is Cindy McCain Going To Georgia?

Why Is Cindy McCain Going To Georgia?


This is just odd…

McCain is traveling with the U.N.’s World Food Programme, whose work she monitored in Southeast Asia and Africa this spring and summer. McCain plans to meet with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and to visit wounded Georgian soldiers. She would also visit representatives of the HALO Trust, which works to remove land mines and on whose board she serves. […]

Cindy McCain said she has been trying to get into Georgia since the conflict started, but it took time to arrange the logistics. Her husband, she said, is “very supportive. As soon as he saw what was happening — he and I, we connect on many levels. I mean, he knew immediately [that I would want to go]. I’ve been to Georgia with him; I know the country.”

Imagine if Michelle Obama was taking this trip. Imagine the outrage on the right as they’d accuse her of turning a foreign policy crisis into a photo op. And you know what? They’d be right.

I mean, what else can this trip be seen as since Cindy is essentially going to be in the country for less than a day? Yes, I know she has worked with the UN before, but folks, this is not “monitoring.”

Again, just odd.

  • http://itsthe21stcenturystupid.wordpress.com/ Jim S

    It’s just plain nuts, is what it is. I saw that today when I opened my browser at the office and e-mailed myself the link as a reminder.

  • Ed

    I just hope they hide the pills before she gets there.

  • http://belowthebeltway.com/ Doug Mataconis

    Cindy McCain ? Irrelevant.

    Michelle Obama ? Irrelevant.

    When are we going to stop obsessing over the spouses of Presidential candidates ?

  • http://www.donklephant.com Justin Gardner

    @ed – Go somewhere else with that. It’s not welcome here.

    @Doug – The answer to that question is, “When they stop campaigning for their husbands or wives.” In other words…never.

  • http://belowthebeltway.com/ Doug Mataconis


    Perhaps correct, but I frankly wish someone would tell Cindy & Michelle to shut the heck up.

  • bubbles

    She’s buying a house in Georgia.

  • rachel

    This is crazy; nobody in Georgia is going to vote for McCain.

  • http://www.donklephant.com Justin Gardner

    She’s buying a house in Georgia.

    Okay, now that’s funny.

    @Doug – Now, come on. Do you really want these women to be ciphers? I certainly don’t. Strong leaders usually have strong spouses behind them who are trusted advisors. Perhaps in the future we’ll see a First Gentleman, and I’d expect him to be there right with the candidate too. I don’t mind that type of situation at all.

    But what I do mind is when those spouses make transparent attempts to insert themselves into situations where they don’t belong. Cindy is doing it with this situation. And yes, Michelle has made some gaffes, but to treat a foreign policy crisis like it’s a photo op isn’t good form.

  • Fred

    @Rachel, re:
    “…nobody in Georgia is going to vote for McCain”

    No. But the Jews in America, who boast openly about their media hegemony, hate Russia with a blood passion and that’s what it’s really all about: Antagonizing Russia. McCain is looking to solidify his Jewish base in America by tweaking Russia on their behalf. Further, most Jews in America aren’t even Semites; they are Khazars from the Caucasus – where Georgia is.

  • Deb Shaw

    I’m offended that any American would be proactive on Georgia’s behalf. John McCain doesn’t speak for ME, when he kisses Georgian butt!! Georgia slammed the little guy, Russia stood up for the little guy.

    It is my opinion that Russia is now what the USA used to be. How sad.

  • Steve T

    I was surprised to see this news on the MSNBC ticker as I was watching the convention. Then, while Michelle Obama was speaking it all made sense. Cindy needs something to talk about for her speech at next week’s convention. What better spot to find it than a war zone before the RNC.

  • rob

    @Deb Shaw

    you forgot either your ::sarcasm:: tag or your ::loony:: tag

    not sure which…

  • http://www.warning1938alert.ytmnd.com Jimmy the Dhimmi

    Ya, its kind of silly that Cindy is going to Russia, but I just read this report from the reliable Michael Totten about the truth behind the Georgian conflict, and if what he reports is indeed true, then Georgia needs all the support and solidarity it can get. Michelle should get on a plane too.

    Justin, you keep saying Georgia started the war, I advise to read this article, perhaps post a thread on it here. I think I can speak for a lot of readers here when I say nobody even heard of “Ossetia” 3 weeks ago, so we should all read up on the conflict as much as we can before we pass judgment.

    Did you know that Russia sent heavy armor into Georgia apparently to assist Ossetian militia men who were shelling Georgian peace keepers with illegal weapons that violated a 1994 peace agreement, before Gerogia launched its assault on August 7th? There were reports of Russian jet fighters bombing Georgian villages in South Ossetia on August 6th!.

  • khaki

    It looks like “Ossetia’s aggression” is a sham set up by Putin, just like Medvedev as President is a sham, and democracy in Russia is a sham. It looks like all of it is Putin’s brinksmanship to position Russia as a global power. Stupidly, we seem to be playing right into his hand at every turn. Why oh why did we (or the Georgian’s) take the bait?

  • Jess

    When America elects a women, we will stop fussing over first ladies. The focus on them is to make up for the lack of real female leaders.
    Also, you have to stand by your man, as a good American.

  • Kate

    The McCain campagin staff has not shown good judgement to date (the stupid “celebrity ads” but Cindy McCain going to Georgia is the campaigns way of trying out the “Princess Diana” and the anti-mine campaing. If McCain wants to focus on this problem, he should put his own butt on the plane, instead of risking his wife’s life for publicity (which will backfire)

  • ellen massaro

    Somebody’s got to shuttle Saakashvili’s payoff to him. Georgia goaded Russia into flexing its muscle, and the situation worked out just like Rove might have planned it. Oh yeah, he and Condi were both over there before this whole thing started. Guess you get what you pay for….