And, finally, here it is:
"McCain felt so comfortable at the event that he even volunteered his wife for the rally’s traditional beauty pageant, an infamously debauched event that’s been known to feature topless women.This on top of the infamous "At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt!" comment to the proposed future Miss Buffalo Chip back in 1992. AND on top of the whole "The First Mrs. McCain" history the guy trails behind him.
“I encouraged Cindy to compete,” McCain said to cheers. “I told her with a little luck she could be the only woman ever to serve as first lady and Miss Buffalo Chip.”
I understand that the guy is a politician. He lies. He uses people. Sadly, the path to the top in our self-indulgent, self-centered, delusionary Republic has become so slippery (greased with the slippery residue of contributor largesse) that American politicians can't really do anything else. If we were presented with a candidate that dared to tell us the truth to our faces, who dared to deal straightforwardly with others (people he loathed but needed politically, people he loved but were too politically or socially radioactive to stand by) we would drive them into the desert. We have already.
But there is a bright line. And for me McCain crosses it with his gratuitous misogynistic nastiness.
Jezebel puts it better than I can:
"...John McCain offered up his 54-year-old wife as a contestant. And, let be frank, he didn't do it just because she's pretty or has an enviable body for a 54-year-old woman or because he's proud of his wife's brand of socialite beauty. He did it to pander to the crowd's idea of appropriate masculinity, and that apparently includes over-sexualizing your wife and the mother of your children for the amusement of a few people in a crowd. McCain offered up the thought of his wife objectifying herself for the sexual gratification of others (at his suggestion) in order to get a couple of chuckles, inspire some male fantasy and make a few "friends." Fun!
And you might say that John McCain didn't think of it as an objectification ritual, or that he didn't know that it involved nudity and displays of stimulated sex acts or whatever. Well, then, why wasn't he offering to get his very pretty daughter Meghan up on stage? Suggesting a 24-year-old woman participate in a just-a-beauty pageant wouldn't be so outside the the norm, if he thought it would be just a beauty pageant. But he knew that it wasn't, and he doesn't think of his daughter in that way and wouldn't in a million years as a father suggest or even intimate that his daughter should get on stage and flash her breasts, ass and (potentially) her external genitalia at a group of strange men for admiration, money or votes."
The thing is, I like women. I like them as people, like the often-slightly-not-guyish way they think (sometimes; sometimes the gender difference is so small as to be indistinguishable). I like them as inspiration, as comrade, partner and the embodiment of life and love, birth and death.
Being a guy, I also like to look at them. But not just as bodies. I like the way they do things as differently as walk, sit and stand. I like the difference between their bodies and mine and the similarities thereof. I enjoy them both as individuals and as poetry, art and music; I understand how guys through the ages have composed sonnets to them, wanted to live their lives with them, fought with and for them, died for them.
I like to think that the people who want me to look up to them like women (both individually and collectively), too. So here's a guy, a guy who wants my vote to be the Chief Executive of our nation, suggesting that his late-middle-age, very-proper-verging-on-Stepford-wife hang out her reproductive hardware for the appreciation of ten thousand bikers? And doesn't know with a sunset-like certainty that his spouse isn't going to drop-kick him square in the balls for saying it? And fear that? And what that says about his marriage in particular and his attitude towards women in general?
Let me say for the record: eeeewwwww.
I'm sorry, John, but this is just one more speck on the mountain of evidence that as "Presidential timber" you're some seriously crooked softwood. If you want to lead a Republic, or a nation that pretends and is supposed to be a Republic, among other things you have to have a better attitude towards 51% of your fellow citizens than this.