Monday, June 9, 2008

The Wide Stance - Wide Enough for McSame?

It will be interesting to watch how social conservatives, the sort who prate endlessly about "family values," will pretzel themselves to condone support of John McSame in light of his, um, dramatic first marriage and the circumstances under which he ended it.

Long story short: his first wife experienced a disfiguring accident, and McSame responded by honoring the sanctity of his marriage vows cheating on her, then divorcing her (and their three children), eventually marrying his current wife. I don't see how that squares with this, taken from the "Protecting Marriage" section of McSame's official web site:

The family represents the foundation of Western Civilization and civil society and John McCain believes the institution of marriage is a union between one man and one woman. It is only this definition that sufficiently recognizes the vital and unique role played by mothers and fathers in the raising of children, and the role of the family in shaping, stabilizing, and strengthening communities and our nation.
So-called "values voters" for whom such hokum is written will, I gather, convince themselves that McSame is the better choice because he'll come closer to their ideal of legally-enforced "family values" -- akin to the George W. Bush stance of throwing other people in jail for non-violent drug offenses, or the Larry Craig stance of jailing other men for soliciting gay sex at airports, or the David Vitter stance of jailing other men for cavorting with hookers.

Wide Stance indeed!

(H/T Matthew Yglesias)

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