Uh-oh. I honestly meant it in the metaphorical sense; I wonder if she should be trying to take on the GOP establishment so readily. I don’t want to be misunderstood and told to “kiss her fat ass.”
Seriously, though, this newfound love for Meghan McCain as a voice for the Republican Party is not endearing me to her at all. Meghan’s been all over the place since her column at the Daily Beast started. Her recent posts about political dating and Ann Coulter got some “buzz”, the latter setting off a string of criticism from the right, particularly radio host Laura Ingraham (full disclosure: I got to know Laura a bit while in Washington last summer).
Laura took Meghan to task for what many on the right perceived as unserious commentary with little basis in experience or knowledge of the party or conservatism. Meghan’s only been a Republican for a year, and she’s pretty liberal on several issues. Her recent attempt to enter the conversation was expectedly met with criticism that she’s only where she’s at because of who her father is. Laura basically makes this point, and then took it a bit farther:
INGRAHAM (mocking): Ok, I was really hoping that I was going to get that role in the Real World, but then I realized that, well, they don’t like plus-sized models. They only like the women who look a certain way. And on this 50th anniversary of Barbie, I really have something to say.
I don’t really know exactly where Laura was going with this, but Meghan’s concluded that Laura was unfairly mocking her weight. I never thought Meghan was overweight at all, and knowing that Laura’s been highly critical of the so-called “pornification” of America, it seems like the comment was directed at the unrealistic aspects of MTV just as much as it was at Meghan for not fitting into that role. Perhaps Laura meant to say Meghan has the mindset of a Real World participant, just isn’t a pencil-thing skank like she “should” be. I don’t know, and I’ve probably spent too much space on this site defending talk radio hosts.
Still, Meghan doesn’t really seem to have the authority to speak on these issues, which is what is so frustrating to conservatives who have been talking, thinking and writing about the Republican Party for some time and/or with some deeper thought than “Um, we are too extreme.”
There may be a good argument for moderation (not one I know of), but simply saying that extremism isn’t good because it’s extreme is no substitute. And antagonizing the situation by continuing to make yourself the issue isn’t doing anyone any good.