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Archive for May 26th, 2008

Cindy McCain’s taxes, Part 2

Posted by James McPherson on May 26, 2008

Apparently never doesn’t really mean never. Cindy McCain released two summary pages of her 2006 returns, showing $6.1 million in income. Of course she probably guaranteed that relatively little attention would be paid to those returns by releasing them on the Friday before the Memorial Day weekend, on the same day that her husband released 1,500 pages of his medical records (including what the New York Times called “the broadest look ever given the public at the psychological profile of a presidential candidate.” Particularly telling were the quotes in the Los Angeles Times story from a Republican strategist:

“Christmas Eve would have been ideal, but that would have been a problem given the election calendar.”

“If you have a lot of good news, you want to spread it out over a period of time so that each piece gets the information it deserves,” said the communications director for McCain’s 2000 presidential run, who claims to be neutral this year. “If you’ve got a lot of controversy–you want to roll it out all at once. There’s only so many column inches in the newspaper, there’s only so many minutes on an evening newscast–they can’t spend 22 minutes talking about the McCain campaign, so you might as well empty the gutters.” 

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