My thanks to the three readers who helped extend the conversation regarding John McCain's adultery and the failure of his first marriage. As writer Dennis Sands astutely surmised in his letter, I had mixed motives in writing my article. The longer we talk about this subject, the better I like it.
Regrettably for McCain defender David Huswick, the central premise of my article is not disputed by McCain himself. When asked by CNN reporter John King not if, but why, he had cheated on his first wife, McCain - to his credit - did not attempt to hide from his past, or to blame it on his POW history. He succinctly and sadly replied, "I don't know."
As to the essential question raised by both Mr. Huswick and Sandy Miller - "Who are we to judge?" - My answer is straightforward: We are voters. And while McCain's marital infidelity is only one item that might affect our final verdict regarding candidates McCain and Obama, I consider it significant information. It was McCain who decided to make his character and heroism the cornerstone of his campaign. And since the biographical tributes shown to 40 million viewers during the Republican convention did not include even a reference to the fact that McCain was married for fifteen years prior to his marriage to Cindy, I thought it was important to let local readers know that this war hero does have feet of clay. Of course, if events thirty years in the past no longer matter in this campaign, then let's have no more talk of anything else that happened way back in the 1960s and 1970s. But if McCain wants to run on his personal history and heroism, then it's all fair game.
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