Check it out yourself. Watch the video and play Dr. Sigmund Freud. What is Cindy McCain feeling and thinking?
Maybe it's because I'm a female and have been a wife a few times, but I couldn't help it---something about Cindy McCain's behavior kept drawing my attention during Palin's acceptance speech.
First let me say I know this is off the wall, but sometimes my intuition is strong and proves to be more powerful than I realize. These then were my chick-flick style reactions watching the video.
First of all Cindy M had her hair down and several times was seen flipping the ends of her blonde tresses, a signal some females see as a gesture of challenge when confronted by a more powerful woman. Usually Cindy M wears her hair up in a rather severe, and I must say unflattering, tight ponytail. The thought did cross my mind that maybe Ms. McCain was feeling a little insecure now knowing that Palin, the trying-hard-not-to be-too-glamorous ex-beauty queen, will now be spending a lot of time stumping around with her husband, a man who once threw another wife over to gain a younger one.
Looking at the speech a few times on this YouTube video, I couldn't help but notice the way Cindy seemed so small framed by the two important figures on stage getting the admiring applause. She looked like a lost little girl to me. Very sad when she wasn't being attentive to the moment and applauding by rote to some comment or other. In spite of the gravity of the occasion, she kept fiddling with something on her chair or on her lap, or maybe she was tending to the the twisted arm she said came from shaking hands a little too hard? How long ago was that? Is it still sore or did she need to tend to herself because she was feeling symbolically neglected?
McCain said in an interview he would not name Palin as his running mate until his wife had given him a heads up on the choice. He made a point of saying that, but what else could Cindy say? No? She hardly seems like the type that would have much effect on what MCCain chooses to do or not do politically. Not this man who has publicly insulted her about the amount of make-up she wears and is reported to have called her a cu-t in public.
Towards the end of the speech Cindy M seems to be unable to maintain the necessary stone-faced, then smiling composure these appearances demand. Towards the ends she sits down when everyone else is still standing, then she proceeds to talk to whoever i next to her, even during one of the most important speeches of the whole election campaign.
It will be interesting to see how this Palin choice works out and it will be interesting to see how the mysterious Cindy McCain handles this.
Will Mrs. Palin be the real First Lady of this administration, outshining the once young and beautiful but now aging and muted wife of John McCain?
Yep, it's a soap opera angle, but life is full of angles, so sometimes it is fun to explore them all. Even the silliest.