Inside the Candidates’ Closets

The Real Change site claims to post the info the candidates don’t want you to know. Yes, I am going to focus on McCain, because his closet is most interesting and because the media will go so far as to say that McCain is the biggest liar on the campaign trail (with the Alaska governor hot on his coattails), but here is a link to Obama‘s page, which talks about his past pot and cocaine use, the audacity of writing an autobiography at 34, his initial reticence to address forthrightly controversial dealings with Tony Rezko (Obama calls his involvement with the reportedly shady business wheeler and dealer “boneheaded”), and his secret Muslim education (a total falsity, and the site debunks it; if you have Obama tales to tell, the site would love to hear them).

Now, for what’s in McCain’s closet:


Compulsive Gambler

So, was McCain sleeping with her, hoping to sleep with her, or being subconsciously manipulated by a cute young woman? It doesn’t really matter. He was being led [by whatever] into ethical violations. 

John McCain loves to play craps (dice), at the $15 dollar minimum-bet tables if not higher. This has been confirmed by his top campaign aides over the years (Mark Salter and John Weaver). … It’s not hard to see his love of gambling in his political choices, such as Sarah Palin for VP. All very exciting when he’s gambling his own money or his campaign; but if it’s America’s security at stake, his gambling might be a bit less charming.

That New Time Religion

When pressed, he said he’s attended the North Phoenix Baptist Church in Arizona for more than 15 years, though he has never been baptized in that church. Now see, that’s exactly the problem. Baptism is kind of a big thing in the Baptist Church. (That’s how they got the name.) No baptism, not Baptist.

John McCain grew up Episcopalian. He went to an Episcopalian high school. For at least 15 years, he has been listed as an Episcopalian in authoritative directories such as the Almanac of American Politics and Congressional Quarterly’s Politics in America 2008. He told a reporter from McClatchy News Service in June 2007 that he was an Episcopalian.

Suddenly, in September 2007, he’s campaigning in South Carolina, the heavily Baptist state where George W. Bush barely managed to stop McCain’s presidential campaign 8 years ago. And guess what? McCain tells a reporter “By the way, I’m not Episcopalian. I’m Baptist.”

Founding Member of the Keating Five

…McCain intervened on behalf of Charles Keating after Keating gave McCain at least $112,00 in contributions. In the mid-1980s, McCain made at least 9 trips on Keating’s airplanes, and 3 of those were to Keating’s luxurious retreat in the Bahamas. McCain’s wife and father-in-law also were the largest investors (at $350,000) in a Keating shopping center; the Phoenix New Times called it a “sweetheart deal.”

… Charles Keating was convicted of racketeering and fraud in both state and federal court after his Lincoln Savings & Loan collapsed, costing the taxpayers $3.4 billion. His convictions were overturned on technicalities; for example, the federal conviction was overturned because jurors had heard about his state conviction, and his state charges because Judge Lance Ito (yes, that judge) screwed up jury instructions. … Neither court cleared him, and he faces new trials in both courts.


For a guy campaigning on family values, John McCain has broken up a lot of marriages. When he met his first wife (a swimsuit model), she was married to another man. After breaking that marriage up, she stuck by him loyally as he went off to war and was a prisoner for 5 and a half years. When he returned to America, though, he found out that she had been in a car wreck and wasn’t as pretty. So he had a series of affairs, by his own admission, and dumped his wife and adopted family for a younger, very rich blond (now Cindy McCain.) Cindy, the daughter of a wealthy Budweiser beer distributor, was addicted to prescription narcotics and even stole hard drugs from a medical charity that she ran. In February, 2008, the New York Times ran a big article about the unusually close relationship between John McCain and a young telecommunications lobbyist named Vicki Iseman (who looks uncannily like Cindy McCain did when SHE was 25). They became so close that his staff, convinced they were having an affair, confronted both McCain and Iseman, telling them to back off. Now, a lot of people have criticized the Times for hinting without actually saying that McCain had sexual relations with that woman. But really, it doesn’t matter. It’s a matter of record that he accepted money and favors from her, spent a lot of time for her, and did favors for her clients. Among other things, McCain wrote two letters — from a draft provided by Vicki Iseman — to the head of the Federal Communications Commission — which was way out of line, since McCain headed the Senate Commmerce Committee, which controls the FCC. McCain’s pressure was so outrageous that even though McCain was in charge of funding his commission, the FCC commissioner wrote a letter back rebuking him for his interference, at the height of McCain’s “ethics in government” campaign.

Some of what the site brings up I have not included here because it’s either “so what” material or is speculatively prurient, which is unfair and sleazy. What is true, however, is true, and speaks to the barren wasteland that now is John McCain’s true character.

Check out the site itself for more details, the dirty stuff, and info on all the presidential candidates from 2000 on (except for Cynthia McKinney) — be sure to read the Ralph Nader page (he’s described as “a huge hypocrite” who has ‘become exactly what he attacks (and this longtime Nader supporter came to that conclusion four years ago). Even Dennis Kucinich seems to have skeletons in his closet, though it appears his page exists primarily to make fun of his spiritual-progressive vews, so while you’re free to read it, it only works if you have an axe to grind against vegans and the cosmically minded.


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