For John McCain, doublethink is a part of the family

Here's a blast from 2000:

Much has been made of allegations of possible youthful use of
illegal drugs by Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush.
Meanwhile, his chief GOP opponent, Arizona Sen. John McCain, has admitted
that his wife not only illegally used drugs but walked away from criminal
charges. The McCains have worked to make Cindy McCain's addiction into a
political asset--despite the fact that she stole the drugs from a charity
she directed and used them while mothering four young children.


Is Mrs. McCain to be judged as a pitiable victim or as a criminal
felon? This debate is at the heart of the discussion of American drug
policy. Should we deal with illicit drug users as victims or as

Let's examine Mrs. McCain's position in these terms. She was the
privileged wife of a prominent family and spouse of an important
politician, a person who had her own position of prestige and power.
Should she not be held at least as accountable for her actions as an
uneducated inner-city drug user? After all, she could enter drug
treatment at any time she chose, unlike many drug users who find
themselves in prison.

Moreover, Mrs. McCain was violating a position of trust by stealing
from a charitable organization, using its money and medical expertise to
fuel her drug use. Is this not morally more reprehensible than simply
purchasing drugs illegally?

Finally, Mrs. McCain was the mother of four children at the time she
admits to using drugs--between 1989 and 1992. Her children were born in
1984, 1986, 1988 and 1991. In other words, Cindy McCain was using drugs
while raising small children, one of whom she adopted while she was an
addict. In most states, family services will remove children from a woman
who is known to be an active drug addict, and she would certainly not be
allowed to adopt a child while addicted.

John McCain is a hawk in the drug war. He advocates stricter drug
laws, penalties and enforcement against drug sellers. He has had nothing
to say about redressing our punitive approach toward drug users. Of
course, McCain also supports family values. Yet if John and Cindy McCain
were not well-off and influential, they might not have a family at all.
McCain's lack of concern for street drug users contrasts sharply with the
support and understanding his wife received. It's the old American double
standard. For "straight-shooter" McCain, charity begins at home--and ends

In 2008 as in 2000, John McCain manages to hold some of the most reprehensible political positions in all of DC--no small feat--and still manage to woo independents like nobody's business.

Some explanation here, courtesy of Bryan Caplan. Link via Radley Balko.

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I would call that deceitful.

I would call that deceitful. Just because Mrs. McCain is a family is not an excuse to cover up or keep secret her drug addiction before. I wouldn't call it a political asset either, because clearly the wife committed a crime and used her power to escape from it.

Whatever power she had or

Whatever power she had or prominent person she is, this will not an excuses to escape all of her violations. She committed a crime so I think the right punishment of law should be given on her. This will be an example that even who you are, no matter how richer you are, you will be punished by the law.

These people disgust me.

These people disgust me. It's easy to understand why we don't make any progresses. We need people to believe in their actions against drugs, we need honest people, not hypocrites. And about Mrs. McCain... my opinion won't change her destiny, despite what we all believe about this, she won't get affected. She needs to serve a lot of time in drug rehab because apparently she doesn't really know what drugs are, she needs a life experience that would teach her that.