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John McCain Unleashes His Secret Weapon … Cindy McCain

When someone who has barely spoken the entire campaign suddenly goes on the attack two days in a row, it's hard not to notice. Cindy McCain — whose previous newsworthy efforts this campaign have come in the form of stealing cookie recipes and giving a 21-minute convention speech that was about twenty minutes too long (no, seriously, watch it) — sprung into action yesterday with one of the most preposterous statements of this campaign, which, let's be honest, is really saying something. At a visit to a children's hospital in Tennessee, McCain told reporters that Barack Obama has "waged the dirtiest campaign in American history." Jesus, it's hard to even know how to process that. Coming from the campaign which at this very moment is trying to convince America that Obama is a friend o' terrorists, it's not even a case of the pot calling the kettle black — it's the pot calling the kettle a pot.

Cindy stayed on the attack today in Pennsylvania, insinuating that Obama is indifferent to the lives and safety of our soldiers in Iraq. "The day that Sen. Obama cast a vote to not to fund my son when he was serving sent a cold chill through my body let me tell you,” she said. “I would suggest Sen. Obama change shoes with me for just one day. I suggest he take a day and go watch our men and women deploying.” The awkward thing about this is that we've always thought Cindy McCain was kind of a nice person, who cares mostly about poor and ailing children. The attacks are doubly uncomfortable because she's just not good at them — and yet the campaign is clearly still urging her to keep it up. Sure, they need to try anything at this point, but Cindy McCain has had a lifetime of handling gold; it feels wrong to see her grasping at straws.

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