The XX Factor

Don’t Eat Me, Cindy!

I am trying to decide what exactly is so disturbing about this Cindy McCain ad against Proposition 8. Is it those dead drug-addict eyes? The strategic placement of the tape to hide any frown lines? The sanitarium background? The anorexic fade into nothingness? In my mind I imagine the whole thing as a protest not against banning gay marriage but against her husband who, according to the dishy book Game Change , was known to yell “FUCK YOU! FUCK YOU! FUCK, FUCK, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck!!!” at Cindy until she burst out in tears. Whatever it is, her third act is likely to be craaaazy, as one Slate colleague pointed out. “In ten years she’ll be touring gay bars doing her cabaret act.”

Photograph of Cindy McCain via the No H8 campaign website .