I thought this was interesting.
Sen. John McCain's wife Cindy McCain is the newest face of a pro-gay marriage campaign.
Posing with tape over her mouth and a "NOH8" logo on her face, Cindy McCain was photographed for the NOH8 Campaign, which protests Proposition 8, the California proposition passed in 2008 banning same-sex marriage.
No matter what you think about the issue of Gay Marriage, ask yourself this question...how do the Republicans who are likely to vote in an August 24th primary feel about Gay Marriage? The obvious answer is that most Republicans--like the majority of voters--believe that marriage is between one man and one woman.
But that's not the reason that voters will be offended by the ad. Cindy McCain's ad isn't offensive because she has decided to support Gay marriage--lots of people support gay marriage (a minority to be sure, but still lots). The ad is offensive because it casts opponents of gay marriage as Hate Criminals. Which side of the political spectrum is supposed to be responsible for putting duct tape over Cindy's mouth and scrawling initials on her face? Is this how Cindy views the 1,258,355 Arizonans who voted in favor of Arizona's version of Prop 8? Does John McCain agree with his wife that those 1.2 million Arizonans were voting out of hate? Does he see me as one of the people who put tape on his wife's face? Are our world views that far appart?
The ad also calls back into question McCain's already convoluted view of the Gay marriage issue. He opposes a federal gay marriage amendment but supported the Arizona version of Proposition 8. He argued that this apparant conflict was actually a strong state's rights stance. Ok, I can see that. But Proposition 8 was approved by California voters and the NO H8 campaign is part of an effort to overturn the Proposition in federal court. That's opposite of the state's rights view.
Of course some will argue that Cindy McCain's views don't necessarily reflect John's views and that's a good point. However, those who have crafted this campaign don't see much difference. The title of the ad is "Redefining Republican" and it's clear that Cindy is in the ad as John's wife.
In the year since we've started the NOH8 Campaign, we've often been surprised at some of the different individuals who have approached us showing their support. Few, though, have surprised us more than Cindy McCain - the wife of Senator John McCain...
Frankly, voters aren't going to see much difference either. That's because we don't know which McCain is the real one. Is he the Maverick Conservative teaming up with Sarah Palin, fighting pork and supporting states rights? Or is he the establishment moderate--darling of the New York Times-- teaming up with the Liberal Democrats to oppose Tax Cuts, Domestic Drilling, and gun rights?
Republican voters know which McCain they would be willing to send back to Washington. In the next 8 months they will decide which one is the real McCain...Cindy's ad pushes that decision in the wrong direction.