Conservatives “rightly” criticize the left for having a merciless attack machine. It is cruel, vicious, corrupt, and merciless. Unfortunately, far right conservatives have their own attack machine, going after anyone who does not fit their brand of ideological purity. (Trust me, I know well how vicious they can be).
If Gateway Pundit thinks Meghan McCain is “leftist” then what the heck do they call Nancy Pelosi?
They are currently unleashing their considerable ire on Meghan McCain to the point where they sound almost socialistic in the fact that they decry the fact that she is her father’s daughter.
(Since when did it become “wrong” to step in your father’s footsteps?)
“…Six figure book deal.
Some time ago, I convinced myself I would not write about Meghan McCain because in my personal opinion she is rather irrelevant. As I stated in my piece on Ashley Biden, I do not believe that the children of politicians should be news. However, Ms. McCain has chosen to enter the political fray, and consequently she is fair game for anyone’s critique, good or bad….”
Was Laura Ingraham’s attack on Meghan McCain about attacking Meghan McCain or attacking Meghan’s father, who is currently the object of hate and derision from the extreme, and annoying far right (non Republican) pretenders. Bipartisan Rules came up with an interesting take on the ongoing attack on Meghan McCain.
“…John McCain outperformed the generic Republican ballot in virtually every area of the country, and among virtually every demographic other than those to the right of Gary Bauer. The GOP lost eight seats in the Senate, a drubbing of historic proportions. Until the financial meltdown of mid-September, McCain was running even with and sometimes ahead of Barack Obama. McCain only lost his edge when voters believed him to be too volatile to handle the financial crisis.
You really thought Fred Thompson had a better chance?
John McCain was and is arguably the most popular Republican in the country, his defeat in the 2008 election notwithstanding.
McCain won 46 percent of the vote in an election that saw the highest voter turnout in American history.
The far right — who enjoys castigating the likes of McCain and Lindsay Graham — points out that the Republican Party nominated a moderate conservative and lost; ergo, the party should never nominate a moderate conservative again.
The problem wasn’t the incompetence and extremism of President Bush, they maintain; it was that John McCain worked with too many Democrats.
I have yet to hear the testimony of one Republican not named Ron Paul who actually stayed home and did not vote for John McCain.
Do you conservatives really believe that Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee could have beaten Barack Obama? …”
According to Psychology Today, when someone does what Laura Ingraham did to Meghan McCain, it is deliberate, and it specifically degrades a person and makes other feel negatively about them.
“…So in short, this research shows that focusing on McCain’s appearance likely has a negative impact on how people feel about her. When people draw attention to her appearance, they are not only doing McCain an injustice, but also the entire political process. And that is something Democrats, Independents and Republicans can all agree on….”
I like the liberal view of the “smack-down“. It’s more fun and less self-righteous. Indeed, Laura Ingraham is brimming with self-righteous indignation. She is just furious with all those liberals who are using the Meghan McCain slam she did against her. Laura Ingraham is determined that the Obama Administration is coming after her….as if she were all that!
It all started when Meghan McCain had the courage to speak her mind and criticize Ann Coulter. Laura Ingraham, obviously feeling left out for not being the object of a Democratic Hit, and not getting any press, decided to make a fool out of herself – again.
“…I am not suggesting that extreme conservatism wasn’t once popular, nor am I suggesting I should in any way be any kind of voice for the party. I have been a Republican for less than a year. Still, even after losing the election, I find myself more drawn to GOP ideals and wanting to fight for the party’s resurgence. And if figureheads like Ann Coulter are turning me off, then they are definitely turning off other members of my generation as well. She does appeal to the most extreme members of the Republican Party—but they are dying off, becoming less and less relevant to the party structure as a whole. I think most people my age are like me in that we all don’t believe in every single ideal of each party specifically. The GOP should be happy to have any young supporters whatsoever, even if they do digress some from traditional Republican thinking.
I’m often criticized for not being a “real” Republican, and I have been called a RINO—Republican In Name Only—in the past. Many say I am not “conservative enough,” which is something that I am proud of. It is no secret that I disagree with many of the old-school Republican ways of thinking. One of the biggest issues from which I seem to drift from the party base is in my support of gay marriage. I am often criticized for previously voting for John Kerry and my support of stem-cell research. For the record, I am also extremely pro-military and a big supporter of the surge and the Iraq war….
I am sure most extreme conservatives and extreme liberals would find me a confusing, walking contradiction. But I assure you, there are many people out there just like me who represent a new, younger generation of Republicans. It took me almost two years of campaigning across this country and hanging out, on a daily basis, with some of the most famous and most intelligent Republicans to fall in love with the Republican Party. If it took that much time and exposure for me to join the party, how can GOP leaders possibly expect to reach young supporters by staying the course they have been on these past eight years? Where has our extreme thinking gotten us? President Bush will go down as one the least popular presidents in history. I constantly hear stories about Republicans who previously worked for President Bush and my father feeling ostracized, unable to get jobs in D.C. right now….”
Beth at My Vast Right Wing Conspiricy basically agrees with me – one of the few conservatives I’ve found who does. I think we agree on most points, including the fact that Meghan McCain is quite young and is still growing as a Republican.
This brings me to my rant about Laura Ingraham’s little green eyed monster spew against Meghan McCain. I have a niece who is just about the same age as Meghan. She’s also the same body shape, and has been through holy heck over the years because she is not perfect and thing. The kid is a knock-out who literally stops traffic. She wears her heart on her sleeve.
Neither kid has their political head screwed on, yet. My niece is quite liberal, but has begun showing hopeful signs of improvement. The average young person starts out a bit liberal, then usually takes a more conservative turn as they start facing the realities of life. Once upon a time, Meghan McCain would have been considered a “normal” Republican. Now, though, she is so far afield from the extreme right (non Republican) that they can do nothing but castigate her.
Meghan McCain is our future. She is the future of the GOP. Laura Ingraham isn’t even a Republican so why the heck is she even sounding off on the subject. She’s one of the reasons we lost in 2006 and has, in the past, treated Meghan’s heroic father like dirt.