John McCain's Sexist Gaffe: Cindy McCain in a Topless Biker Pageant?

The Arizona senator's quip about entering his wife in a topless pageant will offend key voters.

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Was John McCain aware that when he touted his wife Cindy's beauty and suggested she compete in a biker beauty pageant, the contest features topless women?

If so or even if not, in the words of the late, great Desi Arnaz, McCain has some 'splainin' to do. He made the gaffe at a motorcycle rally in South Dakota on Monday that featured an Obama-size crowd (most of whom showed up no doubt to see Kid Rock, Def Leppard, and REO Speedwagon.) Follow the link to see the video.

Salon quotes McCain: "I encouraged Cindy to compete," he told the crowd. "I told her [that] with a little luck, she could be the only woman to serve as both the first lady and Miss Buffalo Chip."

Before she becomes first lady, he has to become president. And his chances hinge on winning the votes of white women who are over 40. Chances are, they are more likely to be turned off by McCain's latest gaffe than they were by Obama's use of the term "sweetie" twice on the campaign trail earlier this year. At least Obama had the decency to apologize for his indiscretion.