McCain's Pap Smear

McCain's Pap Smear

Meet John McCain's ex-wife, the woman he 'callously left behind.'

"There is another Mrs. McCain" and she "casts a ghostly shadow over the Senator's presidential campaign."

So says London's Daily Mail newspaper in a twisted smear piece excoriating the Republican presidential candidate over his decades-old divorce.

Indeed, life-sized Barbie doll Cindy McCain, she of the flaxen-hair and bright white teeth, was not always the bride at the senator's side. McCain left for the Vietnam War married to another woman -- Carol McCain -- with whom he had three children. But their marriage of 15 years disintegrated in 1980 and married his current wife -- blonde beer heiress Cindy -- one month later.

In their trashy piece of journalism, the Daily Mail blames the divorce on anything and everything: McCain's a womanizer! ("His primary interest was women and his conquests ranged from a knife-wielding floozy nicknamed 'Marie, the Flame of Florida' to a tobacco heiress.") Carol the swimwear model was no longer attractive after a disfiguring car accident! ('When he came home and saw that Carol was not the beauty he left behind, he started running around on her almost right away.') The senator is a chronically adolescent man-child! (My marriage ended because John McCain didn't want to be 40, he wanted to be 25," Carol told the Daily Mail. "You know that just does.") In case you didn't get the hints: John McCain is a bad, bad man.

As with any candidate, there's plenty of things to dislike about McCain. But there's plenty to dislike without giving him the Rudy Giuliani treatment. This smear piece offends our journalistic sensibilities, as everyone interviewed for the article slams the senator. It is hardly balanced or fair.

But the weirdest thing about this article is that it's supposedly "supportive" of McCain, or so says ex-wifey:

She says she agreed to talk to The Mail on Sunday only because she wanted to publicise her support for the man who abandoned her.

Indeed, the old Mercedes that she uses to run errands displays both a disabled badge and a sticker encouraging people to vote for her ex-husband. 'He's a good guy,' she assured us. 'We are still good friends. He is the best man for president.'

Message from Senator McCain: Gee, thanks, hon!

(Photo courtesy of the Daily Mail)