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Cindy McCain and the handshake from hell

August 13, 2008 |  1:30 pm

One of the physical challenges of life on the campaign trail is all that handshaking. Especially during flu season. It's enough to turn you into Monk.

Cindy McCain apparently had her own crushing encounter on a handshake line this morning -- a powerful grip that aggravated an existing problem with carpal tunnel syndrome that sent her to a Detroit-area hospital for a look-see.

The diagnosis, according to the local reports: A slight sprain. She was treated and released. The campaign statement from campaign spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker: "During the rope line, an enthusiastic supporter shook Mrs. McCain’s hand and exacerbated an existing condition. Out of an abundance of caution, she decided to leave the event and visit the local hospital for X-rays where she was treated for a minor sprain. We appreciate everyone’s concern and she is back on the campaign trail now."

The event was at the Shenandoah Banquet, Golf and Conference Center in West Bloomfield, the Detroit suburb where Mitt Romney grew up. We presume he has an alibi.

-- Scott Martelle