Here's one for the family values crowd. Wherrrrrrrre's Johnny
There were numerous difficult episodes in Cindy McCain's life, and most she has had to endure on her own. In 2004 she had a stroke in Phoenix while she was at lunch with some friends. As she told Larry King Live, she was 49 at the time and found herself unable to talk after she had stopped taking her blood pressure medication. "I was mainly more concerned about being caught in public... without my full faculties," she told King. "So I grabbed my car keys, and fortunately my friends grabbed my car keys away from me, and said, 'No, there's something wrong with you.'"
She decided to recover from the stroke on her own, and left her family to stay in southern California for a few months. John McCain has often been absent at the hardest times of her life. She had several miscarriages before giving birth to her daughter Meghan, who is 23 and a campaign trail blogger about her dad. Their son Jack, 22, who is in the naval academy, and Jimmy, 20, is a marine who has served in Iraq. The couple adopted a Bangladeshi girl named Bridget, who is now 17. Cindy just brought her home and announced to John McCain that they had a new daughter. "John was with me the first time I lost a baby," Cindy McCain told Harper's Bazaar last year, "but not for those after, which was hard."
There's has been a distant marriage, separated by several thousand miles and three times zones. Cindy McCain is no Stepford Wife, however. But for her burning ambition, John McCain's assault on the pinnacle of US political power might never have been possible.
I don't know if she deserves the tsks-tsks in the press as much as her seemingly deadbeat husband.