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    McCain Dropped the C Bomb on His Wife

    New York Review of Books reports an account of John McCain's famous temper in a review that includes Cliff Schecter's book The Real McCain: Why Conservatives Don't Trust Him - and Why Independents Shouldn't.

    Schecter, a freelance liberal commentator who contributes frequently to The Huffington Post, recounts, for the first time, a tale—confirmed to him, he writes, by three Arizona reporters—that in 1992, after Cindy McCain teased her husband about his thinning hair, McCain snapped at her, in front of the reporters and two staffers: "At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you c—." One wonders if on such occasions she reminds her husband who it was that made his political career possible. She has recently called the idea that her husband has a temper "a concoction."

    Given the apparent bias against McCain revealed by his book's title, it is, of course, fair to question whether Schecter's C bomb story is also a concoction. If the words were indeed spoken, perhaps John and Cindy simply like to joke around with each other in a crude manner. If John really said such a thing to his wife in anger, then Cindy must be a very forgiving person.

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