From Clarence Page at the Chicago Tribune:
Call it the Battle of the Conservative Blondes.
Let other candidates’ kids shy away from the spotlight and wuss out of political scuffles. Megan McCain won’t back down.
There was Sen. John McCain’s blogging daughter on St. Patty’s Day, fresh from a verbal throw-down with conservative insult-wench Ann Coulter and responding with cool poise on “The View” to a snarky attack from conservative radio show insult-puppy Laura Ingraham.
[McCain] made her way quickly into the headlines with a column that bemoaned how helping your dad run for president works like reverse-Viagra on your love life.
Soon she dropped a second bombshell titled “My Beef with Ann Coulter”:
“Coulter could be the poster woman for the most extreme side of the Republican Party. And in some ways I could be the poster woman for the opposite. I consider myself a progressive Republican, but here is what I don’t get about Coulter: Is she for real or not? Are some of her statements just gimmicks to gain publicity for her books or does she actually believe the things she says? Does she really believe all Jewish people should be “perfected” and become Christians? And what was she thinking when she said Hillary Clinton was more conservative than my father during the last election? If you truly have the GOP’s best interests at heart, how can you possibly justify telling an audience of millions that a Democrat would be a better leader than the Republican presidential candidate?”
I wonder if little Meggie would have been so riled up if Coultergeist had not insulted Daddy Underpants. Would all those statements about Jews have been so egregious had Coultergeist heartily endorsed Daddy Underpants?
She asked Coulter for a response to her column, McCain writes. Coulter didn’t respond, but Ingraham did.
Ingraham reacted by pronouncing the young McCain on-air to be “a valley girl gone awry” and a reject from a TV reality show because “they don’t like plus-sized models.”
Oh, no, she dih-Int!
Well, young Megan had a megaphone, too, and knows how to use it– in a third feisty essay, this time on the “politics of size”:
And Megan had another platform, too. She turned up on The View and laid into Ingraham’s cheap throw-down of the body-weight card.
“What do young women think when I speak my mind about politics and I want to have a political discussion about the ideological future of the Republican Party, and the answer is, ‘She’s fat, she shouldn’t have an opinion’,” McCain asked. “What kind of message are we sending young women?”
“It infuriates me,” she said. “I’m a political writer on a blog, and all of a sudden I’m too fat to write?”
In her search for appropriate words, McCain turned to that great sage of daytime television Tyra Banks and the day that the model “went on her show in her bathing suit and said, ‘Kiss my fat ass.’”
“That’s what I feel right now,” McCain said. “I’m like, ‘Kiss my fat ass!’”
Ingraham quickly responded to McCain’s cruel and unkind cut on her own show with a motherly lecture on how to learn to deal with satire and “teasing” if you’re going to play in the big leagues.
“Can I say ‘lighten up’,” Ingraham asked, “or is that offensive too?”
Anyway, this Coulter clash illustrates a larger problem afflicting the GOP today: hard-core conservatives who would rather purge moderates like Megan — and build talk show ratings and book sales — than build their party and win elections.
Go read the entire article. It’s pretty funny. And, finally, I didn’t think I would get a chance to dust this off again, but it’s what’s at the bottom of the poster:
Original MGM logo.