Open Thread

For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Cindy McCain as the new Lady Di?

The woman who wants to be the next Republican First Lady pledged today to expand her humanitarian work if she makes it into the White House, taking inspiration from the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Speaking ahead of a political fundraiser in London tonight, Cindy McCain said that she felt "very honoured" to serve on the boad of the Halo Trust, the Anglo-American anti-landmine charity endorsed by Diana and which organised her controversial walk through an Angolan minefield in 1997, the year of her death. Speaking to The Times, Mrs McCain said of Diana: "She was (a) great inspiration to me and to the British people as well. She was a remarkable person and had a loving heart.”

First, is this a calculated political move or a genuine expression of emotion? Regardless, how will this play on Main Street? Given the reverence Lady Di received from Americans on both sides of the aisle, is this a great way for the McCains to counter the Obamas' makeover as the new Jack and Jackie? Or will American media just tear apart the notion that Cindy is anything like Diana?

NB Staff
NB Staff