Thursday, August 21, 2008

John McCain, His Houses, and His 'Regular Guy' Problem

The Arizona senator's latest gaffe, one that contradicts his "good ole boy" persona
Sen. John McCain said in an interview Wednesday that he was uncertain how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own. 

"I think—I'll have my staff get to you," McCain said. "It's condominiums where—I'll have them get to you." 
This is more than embarrassing. It underscores the fact that McCain is hardly a the regular guy he pretends to be. He's the son and grandson of prominent admirals, who got divorced from his first wife to marry a much younger woman (read: trophy wife) who happened to be one of the richest people in Arizona. Sweet! 

The couple has several houses, depending on who you ask. McCain's staff says four, Newsweek says seven, though Cindy McCain has been quoted as saying seven or eight

Whatever the real number, McCain appears clueless—not a good sign in a guy who wants to the Leader of the Free World. 

UPDATE: New reports out today put the total value of McCain's seven houses at a cool $13 million. Hmmm. Who's the real elitist running for president? 


Kevin Pierce said...


Though the wealth is both his and his spouse's,
And he fancies he's close to the throne,
Politicians who live in glass houses
Should be briefed on how many they own.
Light verse, ripped from the headlines

Dan Paden said...

I would absolutely agree that Senator McCain is an elitist; the problem is...well, I was going to write something a little involved, but I saw something before I got here that puts it better than I was going to. Mrs. Malkin says:Wealthy elitist Senator mauls wealthy elitist Senator. Snooze. and goes on to quote a McCain spokesman as saying:

Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about houses? Does a guy who worries about the price of arugula and thinks regular people “cling” to guns and religion in the face of economic hardship really want to have a debate about who’s in touch with regular Americans?

Like I say, I think McCain's an elitist, too, but Obama's never going to be able to win on this. McCain's wealthy wife owns a beer distributorship, for cryin' out loud. Mainstream America digs that kind of thing.

Tulsan said...

McCain comes from a line of admirals. He distinguished himself as a party admiral, I mean animal, finishing at the bottom of his class. He did redeem himself financially by divorcing one wife, then marrying an heiress. Sweet!

Obama came from extremely modest circumstances, but graduated summa cum laude from Harvard.

Of course they are exactly equivalent as the ever delightful Ms. Malkin suggests so delicately.

Except Obama would be able to tell you how many houses he owns.

But McCain sure isn't an elitist. After all, he can't even work email by himself.

This is the guy I want making the big decisions!

Tulsan said...

Oh, small mistake on my part. McCain forgot to divorce his first wife before taking up with the heiress. Oops.