September 4th, 2008
10:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Begala: Cindy McCain speech reflects new era in politics

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Cindy McCain spoke Thursday night in St. Paul."]
(CNN)–Cindy McCain is giving a long, personal speech - as did Michelle Obama. And she's doing a fine job, as did Michelle.

I don't think even Hillary Clinton gave such a long and substantial speech on behalf of her husband in 1992. We have entered a new era in politics, and Michelle and Cindy are a big part of it.

Watch: Cindy McCain's entire speech Thursday

I will note that Democrats have not attacked Cindy the way Republicans have attacked Michelle. Even mild-mannered Mitt Romney bitterly and unfairly attacked Michelle last night.

Attacking the wife is clearly a Republican thing - recall how Bush supporters smeared Cindy McCain during the 2000 South Carolina primary, then how they bitterly attacked Teresa Heinz Kerry in 2004. It's a classic double standard and a typical Republican philosophy: do as I say, not as I do.

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Annie

    Her speech was well executed. At times it was a bit boring and at times she lost me in her delivery. She definitely won't be the subject of the debate, though and neither should Michelle Obama. But only time will tell how long the Republican party can keep their claws sheathed.

    September 4, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  2. Theguynextdoor

    Keep going republicans. Showing your true face is the best thing for this country =D

    September 4, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |