This undated image provided by Adam Bouska/NOH8 Campaign shows Cindy McCain, the wife of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., posing for the NOH8 campaign. NOH8 is a gay rights group challenging Proposition 8 passed by California voters in 2008 banning same sex marriage. (AP Photo/Adam Bouska/NOH8 Campaign) NO SALES (Credit: AP)
Welcome to another episode of the popular sitcom “Raising McCain!” He’s a crusty old former senator stuck between two feisty blondes – his wife and his daughter. What will happen next?
Now, mom Cindy has gotten in on the act with her own arresting photo for the series, “redefining Republican” with “NOH8″ emblazoned on her face and her mouth duct taped shut. Although the image is part of the campaign’s “silent protest,” it’s particularly loaded for Mrs. McCain, who certainly didn’t make her feelings on marriage equality known when her husband endorsed Prop 8 during his bid for the White House. But a mind opened later is better than one never opened at all, and it’s proof of the influence of something even more powerful than glossy campaigns. Because while the NOH8 site states that “Marriage equality isn’t a Republican issue any more than it is a Democratic issue,” it is, as the McCains show, often a family one.
Tune in next time, when the patriarch throws up his hands, does his own promo, and the whole McCain gang winds up laughing together around a table at Applebee’s.
Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon and the author of "Gimme Shelter: My Three Years Searching for the American Dream." Follow her on Twitter: @embeedub.