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Hug It Out! McCain Brings a New Level of Affection to Politics

It's one small squeeze for woman, one giant leap for hug-kind. I didn't believe the prevalence of the McCain/Palin embrace until I went searching for pictures — and found the mother lode of warm greetings. The second mixed-gender ticket in history is breaking the boundaries of the cold handshake with a now signature — yet brief and businesslike — clinch.

What a change from 1984, when candidate Walter Mondale had a strict look-don't-touch policy with his running mate, Geraldine Ferraro — so much so that he didn't even put palm to back when the two stood side by side on stage, with waving arms high. Ferraro remembers, “people were afraid that it would look like, ‘Oh, my God, they’re dating.’ ”


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While Palin gets the hugs, Cindy gets the smooches — and now the first introduction — when they're all on stage together. To see how that evolved, and who disapproves,

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Campaign advisors say all of the affection rules have evolved on the trail naturally, but some etiquette experts disagree. The former White House social secretary under Jacqueline Kennedy says, "He's hugging her to show the world that he’s all for her, and protecting her, but she doesn’t need that."

The McCain/Palin hugs, of course, have a chaste distance to them — or as Christopher Buckley mused, “As the nuns used to say before school dances, 'Leave room for the Holy Ghost.'" Is there enough room? Does all the hugging make you warm and fuzzy — or is he treating (and greeting) her differently because she's a gal?

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bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Since the RNC keeps trying to push the sexism issue so much...would McCain hug his running mate so much if it were a man?
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
And is inching closer and closer to being just as overexposed!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
lol, exactly!
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
It will probably take a couple more weeks before I am Beyonce level sick of Palin but I can see her going there. She's just one part in a movie musical away. :sing:
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
And totally upstaged her at the Academy Awards! :rotfl:
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
And then Jennifer Hudson won the Oscar! :rotfl:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
lol, I remember all that mess. I can't tell you how many times I heard people talking about how it was ironic that she took that role because that is how they felt about her singing and the group Destiny's Child. lol, people always want something to be pissed about and a good scandal.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I'm with you on Beyonce. My eyes roll the instant I type her name.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
See! That's exactly what I'm talking about!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Ugh. Beyonce. :oy:
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
I'm sick of her the same way I got sick of Beyonce when Dreamgirls and her album both came out around the same time and she was in phone and loreal commercials and all the gossip sites and magazines seemed only to want to talk about her. Ugh that was rough. I still have no interest in ever seeing her again and I used to like her.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
GS Of course I know it isn't her fault, but that doesn't make me any less sick of her.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
Of course it is GS. But that is my partisan opinion. :)
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Harm, I knew about fifty people personally off the top of my head who thought Hillary was psychotic and would end America as we know it. This is all partisan.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
My house is fine. Or window or whatever. I knew about it! :wink: And Kast, you have to admit it isn't her fault that the media can't seem to pull themselves away from her for two seconds to talk about the rest of the world.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
I think she's a lunatic. There is something about her that scares the crap out of me. I think our country would go back 50 years in progress if she had her way.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Haha, now you guys have a taste of how I've felt about Obama for the last five months or so :)
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
I agree Harmony. I am so over her. Everytime I turn on the news, there she is. Aren't there other things happening in the world? Bush is moving troops out of Iraq and Ike is moving to Texas and I didn't see either mentioned tonight. :irk:
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
No worries -- as screwed up as my family have become over the years -- they never talked about that stuff. I'm just reacting the to the tone of GS's comment about age not being an excuse and things I should know. Glass windows and stones come to mind.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I didn't mean anything by that Dream, just stating the facts. Sooooo...yeah.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
I never want to see that woman again.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
That's your family -- not mine. I actually said that the hug looked fatherly. Er - grandfatherly -- I said that a few post ago.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
ok ok! you people drove me to this!!! john mccain is an old, out of touch creep desperate for GOP affirmation. cindy mccain is a robotic reptilian zombie stepford wife. sarah palin is a vapid beauty queen-turned shady politician. barack obama is an inexperienced liberal elitist snob/terrorist apologist. oh, and joe biden... um... that is his name, right? so whatever happened to him? jeez. we don't even have a negative narrative about him yet. can we please work on that? hugz, yesteryear
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Dream-my family talks about some really crazy stuff during dinner!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I've been a part of those awkward accidental kisses before. I'm just glad I didn't do it in front of a whole lotta people...where it would be posted over and over again on all different websites! GS and Jude-I'm a dancin fool. Especially after too much red wine. :drinks: I'm sure there's video somewhere!
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