Cindy McCain is a woman of the people. She cooks, cleans, and manages the household budget. She’s a sports fan, loves watching car races–and even knows her way around the Nascar track. This weekend, Mrs. McCain was hanging out at the Indie 200 in Tennessee circling the track to the approval of tens of thousands of fans.  It’s a brilliant reach-out to working america. Yeah right. And elephants fly.

Cindy McCain is worth more than $100 million. She owns more than half a dozen residences including a ranch – she spent $11 million buying condos for the family in recent years. Household staff attend to her and her family’s needs everywhere they go. The would-be first lady spends as much as $500,000 A MONTH on her American Express card. 

Cindy McCain watched the race this weekend from a luxury suite.  And by the way, Nascar is a sport with more inequality than any other—despite marketing itself as proud of its parity: the top team had more than $300 million this year, more than ten times the fifteenth team. Move over New York Yankees.

On second thought, maybe that’s just what Cindy McCain calls competition.

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders, author, and host of RadioNation on Air America Radio, has built a reputation for courageous investigative journalism coupled with compassion and a sense of humor. In writing her last book, Blue Grit, she traveled the country reporting on grassroots success stories and broadcast live to over 150 radio stations from community centers in places including Helena, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Miami, Las Vegas, and Milwaukee. In her television appearances (Lou Dobbs, Larry King Live,) on radio and in her many books (including Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species) and articles (The Nation and others,) Flanders calls for a new politics of fairness, equality and citizen action. Articulating the human dimension of American communities in trouble, her programs have become destinations for those seeking the skills and the will to make a difference. Flanders is a regular contributor to the Nation Magazine and CNN. Before joining Air America, where she was part of the original lineup, and hosted “The Laura Flanders Show” for three years, Flanders was the founding host of the award-winning “Your Call” weekday mornings on public radio, KALW in the Bay Area and CounterSpin, the radio show of the mediawatch group, FAIR.