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Unlike Ted Kennedy, I Admit Guilt: I Was Wrong About Meghan McCain

August 31, 2009


I’ve defended Meghan McCain. I’ve personally cut her slack, because she’s a young kid and I shudder when I think of how I was at that age.  I’m also not a fan of shutting people out if they don’t agree with you 100%, both because that’s stupid; there are very few people with whom I agree 100% of the time. And also because it adds credence to that Intolerant Conservatives meme. While I know that is untrue, that the Left are the ones whom are truly intolerant, sometimes, in this day and age, perception is reality. Unfair, sure, but true. It also often had that “pack mentality” feel to it to me and that really sticks in my craw. Picking on her was easy, so easy, it felt cheap. Sometimes it’s hard to turn the other cheek, but if you don’t, you run the risk of cheapening yourself…. and by extension, everyone around you.

I also had Hope (think I would have learned by now that Hope ain’t what it used to be) that she might be a breath of fresh air, a way to take some of the stereo-typical fuddy-duddy out of the Republican Party, which I do believe the party is in dire need.  I chalked up many of her worst traits to youthful naivety.

Boy, was I wrong. I let my deploring of the pack mentality thing cloud my judgment; I also was too gracious in my “she’s just a kid thinking”. There is a vast difference between youthful naivety and willful ignorance. Meghan McCain has now clearly shown that she suffers from the latter.

Like many Americans, I watched as Senator Ted Kennedy was laid to rest over the weekend after his year-long battle with brain cancer. The day marked not only the end of the Camelot era, but seemed to signal the final passing of many things politically. I certainly didn’t agree with Senator Kennedy’s politics on many issues, but as I listened to his friends, family, and Senate colleagues—including my father—tell stories of the man they knew, what was so evident was that Ted Kennedy always believed you could find compromise on the really important matters. [snip]

After reading some of the discourse online, I was both surprised and disgusted at what was being written. I was shocked that even in death, people were having partisan quarrels about his legacy which led me to writing a Tweet saying, “I just don’t know what kind of life of anger you lead if you can’t put politics aside for a moment to respect a man’s passing…” Immediately, this post was used yet again by some as an example of my “secret liberalism.” Because what—apparently I can only respect a politician who had served nearly five decades in the Senate if he was a Republican? I don’t know how or why we got to this place in politics. Why death is used as yet another excuse for mudslinging and party rhetoric. It is depressing to think that we have come to an age where you can only mourn a man’s service to his country if he abides by every single political tenet you believe in. Whenever people ask me if I want to run for office, my answer is always no. Among the many reasons is that I don’t want to go into an industry where there seems to be a complete inability to meet in the middle on issues. Why would anyone want to work in an us-versus-them environment?

Ohhh, Camelot! ZOMG, so super cool! Meghan, honey? This is real life, not a fairy tale, regardless of what the “the Press” might think.  And by Press, I don’t mean your “faves”, Stewart and Colbert, though, there isn’t much difference between them and some cable “news” outlets.  I know one of your likely idols, Andrea Mitchell cloyingly… and insanely.. said “Today the Heavens Were Weeping for Ted Kennedy“, but it simply isn’t true.

If anything, they were weeping for Mary Jo Kopechne, a FOOTNOTE to many on the Left, apparently (and disgustingly), and for the state of this Country. The sad state has come to this: Regaling as a hero, a man who committed negligent homicide, serial philandering, sexual harassment, drunk driving … and those are just the crimes in his personal life. Never mind the harm he did to this Country with legislation, “Borking” and attempted acts of potential treason,  some might argue.

I would once again cut you some slack due to his being a family friend (and I have no comment on why that is) if not for the fact that you did NOT have to write about him in such delusional glowing terms, nor did you have to intersperse it with such childish simplicity as “why is it us versus them?”.

If you honestly believe what you wrote, and maybe you do, being a product of our school system, or perhaps you are a devotee of the deranged Joyce Carol Oates, you could have kept it to yourself.  You purposely chose not to do so. You purposely chose to ignore the fact that he harmed this Country with his policies and agenda, and that he killed a woman; he left her to die in a sinking car. He left her to asphyxiate. Alone and in the dark and terrified.

Even leaving aside the multitude of sexual harassment claims which you, as a self-avowed Feminist should deplore, he KILLED SOMEONE. And never repented. Never felt one ounce of remorse.  But no, that matters not to you.  Like your buddies on the Left, you place a higher value on childish and naive thoughts of “all getting along” and “compromise” for the “greater good” above all; even above Life.

Then, in keeping with your track record, you purposely chose to slap not just every Conservative, but every intellectually honest and ethical person in this Country, in the face by publishing those thoughts (term used loosely) so that you could appear “cool” and “above it all” and “oh so fair”.

I call Bullsh*t. That whole “I’ll say what I want,when I want to, I speak my mind” shtick doesn’t play anymore, kiddo. You see, for that to work, you have to at least once say something brave. You do not; you take the easy route every time. You think you are a rebel, an individual? You are not a rebel at all, but you are the antithesis of one. You are a sheep, albeit in really cute clothing.

If you were truly brave, you would actually, you know, discuss Conservative principles. You would STAND UP for conservatives, not constantly deride them. You would applaud them, not mock them. You would work WITH them, not against them. You wouldn’t throw principle and core beliefs out the window for a quick pat on the back or for feel-goody “Oh, can’t we just all get along and work together like the super cool Camelot-y Lion?” kumbaya moments (Yeah, I don’t even know how to spell kumbaya)  By the way, I’m beginning to think YOU, Meghan, are the scarecrow. Hope you find the yellow brick road and do something about that.

But, just as  there is a difference between naivety and wilfull ignorance, there is also a difference between irreverence, individualism and doing things purely for “shock value”.  You take photographs of yourself with duct tape over your mouth as if anyone is stopping you from speaking. Sadly, oh so sadly, they are not. They may be laughing AT you, they may disagree with you and, yes, sometimes disagreements aren’t polite and some may be big old meany pantsers. But that doesn’t mean they are silencing you nor does it mean they are “Haters”.

Plus, You really aren’t speaking your mind. In fact, you never have. Instead, you’re speaking whatever gets you into the coolest parties and on the “hippest” shows. Yeah, good luck with that. One trick ponies don’t have a very long shelf life.

This is the first time I’ve written about you, and it will also be the last. While I will no longer defend you, I also refuse to add to your 15 minutes of fame by giving you the attention that you clearly so desperately crave. You are not the future of the Party. Even people who defend you and sorta like you, admit that. You are simply amusing to some, and an annoying gnat to others.

I’d tell you to kiss my big juicy ass, but it isn’t that big. Plus, I think your lips must be pretty tired already.

That’s right. MEOW.

Update: More at Hot Air

28 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2009 10:40 pm

    I defended her to, at some loss of respect…

    Meghan is a coward… She doesn’t know how to have a spine… but she doesn’t want to risk her trust-fund or her future in politics once everyone is bored with her…

    Meghan is a naive kid…I was too… I was a disrespectful brat…from a POOR and POWERLESS family that had no ivory pulpit from which to cast edicts… That is the difference…

    Meghan is being used, because she is dumb, vain, and greedy… and is willing to be used because she really believes that she is just so special that it will launch her into some Parisian aristocracy where dumb is outweighed by the size of your megaphone…

    She is one of thousands of used celebutards who will one day end up hating the world because like Varuca Salt in Willy Wonka, she wanted it all because she deserved it…

    She has gutted the courageous lineage from whence she came, and worked against the things her father and his father worked for…

    In the end , she has made her own bed by age twenty-two, and forty-year-old Meghan is going to have to lie in it with the text-messages and the twitter messages of the past… Back when she took all that she could, did what many a kid will do… but failed to realize that she wasn’t doing it to a mirror or a close-friend, but to the world around her…

    I’m done with her too… and when the fair-weather-friends are all gone… That is going to matter to her again…

    • August 31, 2009 10:42 pm

      PS: I hate when I can’t fix my typos….

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      August 31, 2009 10:51 pm

      OK, you expressed *everything* I was thinking, but couldn’t get the words out right. Nor so purty! next time I’m ticked about something, I’m going to whine to you and then you can write it all out for me, deal? Thanks! 😀

      ( truly, perfectly said)

  2. August 31, 2009 10:44 pm

    Even if I agreed with his every single political tenet, I still wouldn’t like that he got away with leaving a woman to die and went on a bimbo-juggling bender for the next 25 years. He cleaned up his act, but he never confessed and he never repented. And yes, that does matter.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      August 31, 2009 10:52 pm

      Bingo. That ticks me off so much. Even if I *did* think his agenda and his policies were oh-so-sweet, he KILLED SOMEONE. And from all indications, not only did he never pay for that crime, he never felt remorse nor did he repent.

  3. August 31, 2009 11:11 pm

    PPS: This too is the last time I plan to say a thing about her… Just as Nicole Richie is no longer fun…This Dixie Chiklet has grown rather tedious… Likethe two hour ending of a Michael Bay film…

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      August 31, 2009 11:21 pm

      Yep. I honestly have never written about her before … didn’t really care enough to do so, even to defend her. I defended her on Twitter and “in real life” a few times, though.

      However, done now. Anger is out too .. Now, she is just *Snooze*

  4. Allen Smithee permalink
    August 31, 2009 11:27 pm

    “I’ll say what I want, when I want to, I speak my mind”


    …you knowwww…they’ve never been seen together…. hmmmmm

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      August 31, 2009 11:29 pm

      *gasp* Do not insult Cartman that way! Cartman is Teh Awesome. I want to have his babies. Except they’d only be 2-dimensional and that would be kind of weird.

      • Allen Smithee permalink
        September 1, 2009 10:22 am

        I meant physical resemblance, sorry. Normally not something that would even enter the discussion where a woman of intellect was concerned but she reduces everything to that so it’s ok, right?

        “Why because I’m blonde/short/have boobs/a big juicy ass/tattoos/etc?
        You’re just uptight/jealous/drinking H8orade/hate gays/sex/my dad/etc!”

        The reference to 2-dimensional kids applies too…

  5. September 1, 2009 12:23 am

    Not only did he never repent, he joked about it… and criticizing this turd is supposed to be verboten??? As if most of the people wagging their fingers at anyone who dares to bring up Mary Jo Kopechne wouldn’t be dancing on Cheney’s grave the second he kicks it, just because they don’t like his politics?

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      September 1, 2009 1:50 am

      Precisely; look what they did with Reagan, Tony Snow, Novak… just a few examples off the top of my head. They were absolutely vile and it was based *solely* on not agreeing with their politics.

      Yet, we are supposed to respect and admire a man who committed homicide? Someone actually told me the other day “Look at the whole picture; he did many good things”. Firstly, I disagree with THAT premise to begin with. But even if I *did* agree with it, it’s supposed to *totally erase* the fact that he killed someone?

  6. di butler permalink
    September 1, 2009 1:24 am

    I have one small issue with your very well written piece. Meghan is not a kid. She is a fully grown, 24 yr old woman, soon to be 25. This is way too old to be so vacuous, silly, and constantly make these ignorant statements and get away with them due to youth. At that age she could be married, working a real job, and taking care of small children. Would we ever doubt that she wasn’t an adult under that premise? As I have said before, I have a just turned 21 y old daughter. She went to the best schools, even private boarding schools. She decided at 17 to get pregnant, (not an accident), and get married. This was disappointing to me, as she is very intelligent. Flash forward to today, I just got off the phone w/ her and she was just getting in from her long day. She worked this morning at the gym training her clients, and in between playing w/ her 2 kids and feeding them lunch. She took them home, prepared dinner and called me at 10:30 pm on her way home from her Microbiology class. She and her 21 y old hubby signed papers to buy a house this weekend. Completely on their own. She never went to Columbia, she wasn’t raised in the company of famous ppl and has never been part of the jetset. However, she is leaps and bounds more intelligent, more worldly, and more mature than the self-absorbed attention whore that Miss McCain has fashioned of herself. There really is no excuse for her behavior, it is laughable. I never really mention her myself, but I just wanted to add my perspective and utter annoyance of her silliness. Thanks for the space to do so, S&B.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      September 1, 2009 1:53 am

      I agree with you Di; I didn’t mean to imply that I thought she wasn’t an adult. Only that I know that *some* people in their 20s are still idiots, heh.

      I should have just said “young” instead of “young kid”, you are correct.

      And good for your daughter! That’s really fantastic and is a testament to what a good Mommy she has. You raised her well!

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      September 1, 2009 1:57 am

      P.S. And, yeah, even just being young doesn’t excuse it either. It just made it *slightly* more palatable to be as I figured it was the stupidity and naivety of youth. I was able to dismiss it a bit then. I can forgive that. I can’t forgive utter ignorance, you know? And condoning what he did … because he played nice-nice. (which he didn’t even DO. She’s rather ignorant)

  7. Caroline Morgan permalink
    September 1, 2009 2:51 am

    Nicely done! Meghan McCain disgusts me in so many different ways. I’m glad you wrote this…it did my heart good! 🙂

  8. di butler permalink
    September 1, 2009 3:29 am


    Thank you for the kind reply. I tried to be a good mother to my children, but due to the environment they grew up in, their father’s bi-polar disorder, drinking and physical abuse, I think they just are tough survivors. I agree that being young means we are not as wise, and I understand what you meant, it’s just that I have heard so many people give her a pass due to her youth. I, like, wasn’t that, you know, that immature past the age of like 16. You’d think with her fine education she wouldn’t sound like a daft Valley Girl when she speaks. I would wonder why her parents didn’t tell her how empty headed she sounds and that it’s embarassing, but they seem to have never told her she wasn’t Veruca Salt. Must be that spoiled heiress thing.

  9. September 1, 2009 4:43 am

    You guys should like totally follow McCainBoobette on teh twitter, Im smart and Your just a H8R!!!!

  10. Caroline Morgan permalink
    September 1, 2009 7:08 am

    I just recently discovered McCain Boobette. So entertaining, complete with stupid Meggie-like spelling, stupid Meggie-like grammar, and stupid Meggie-like comments. It captures the true essence of Princess McCain.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      September 5, 2009 6:33 pm

      It’s eerily accurate!

  11. hindmost permalink
    September 2, 2009 5:45 pm

    LZ, I was never really a MeggieMac hater, but I gotta say… that was bee-yoo-tiful. Even Allah soured on her after that little article.

  12. Hannaloves27 permalink
    September 5, 2009 3:03 pm

    You are brilliant! Thanks for this. *sigh*

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      September 5, 2009 6:34 pm

      Thank you, hindmost and Hannah! I guess disgust brings out the best in me, heh.

  13. Chrissy in Central New York permalink
    September 7, 2009 2:30 am

    I have to wonder how many of those who refer to Camelot have studied Arthurian mythology. I took an entire college lit class on it, which doesn’t make me an expert, but it surely did expose me to the length and breadth of a mythology that began about 600 years ago and is still being recast to this day. Methinks the misty-eyed only remember the sweetly sentimental, musical forest scene where Arthur and Guinevere meet and fall in love. They clearly don’t pay much attention to her later adultery with his best friend or how badly Arthur’s whole “Might Makes Right” shtick worked out in the end.

  14. Victor permalink
    October 16, 2009 12:58 pm

    I find it interesting that your entire reason to hate Meghan McCain (cause I’m sure it’s your real reason, not at all because because she’s achieving everything you wish you could with your little blog) is because she decided to have the decency not to deride someone during their funeral. You talk about her not standing up for conservatives or conservative values but respect for the dead (no matter how deserving of scorn) is a moral position. Someone using any funeral, regardless of the person, as an opportunity to make it all about themselves is crass, disgusting, and a pathetic (see Michael Jackson). The fact that it has become so commonplace and accepted across the board is a sad sign of the moral decline of this country. Excercising your sacred right to free speech does not excuse a dearth of common human decency.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      October 16, 2009 10:55 pm

      I find it interesting that your entire reason to hate Meghan McCain (cause I’m sure it’s your real reason, not at all because because she’s achieving everything you wish you could with your little blog)

      I find it interesting that you profess to know what is in MY mind or heart. It’s amazing how Lefties are all so psychic!

      I’m quite happy with “my little blog”, thank you for your concern. Why on earth would I wish to “achieve” what Meghan has: Useful Idiocy and Attention Whoring

      As for my “dearth of human decency”, look in the mirror. It is not *I* who lacks decency; it is those whom PRAISE and lionize a murderer.

      Heal Thyself. Thanks!

  15. jmcaul permalink
    October 29, 2009 4:07 pm

    When will we read that she’s dating…sorry – brainfart – who’s the lamebrain sperm donor that sired Sarah palin’s grandchild? I forgot his name, but then, he really IS forgettable except he keeps ambushing news cameras.

    Anyhow, ya’ll know who I’m talking about. Yeah, him and Meghan McCain. They deserve each other.


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