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Meghan McCain goes where Republicans fear to tread

Can it be that the conscience of the Republican Party resides in a 26-year-old woman who has never held elective office and derives her authority, not to mention name recognition, for the fame of her father? I am referring to Meghan McCain, daughter of the once-forthright John, who said of Christine O'Donnell, the erstwhile witch and current Republican senatorial candidate from Delaware, that she is a "nut job."

This searing evocation of the truth, this refreshing statement of an obvious fact, has not come from any other Republican of note -- although Karl Rove attempted something similar and then, as cowards often do, prudently decided to fight another day. More important than principle, as everyone in Washington knows, is fund-raising.

McCain went further. Appearing on the ABC show "This Week with Christiane Amanpour," she noted that O'Donnell "has no real history, no real success in any kind of business. And what that sends to my generation is: One day, you can just wake up and run for the Senate, no matter how [little] experience you have." The only quibble my generation would have with that statement is the allegation that O'Donnell woke up. She seems to have slept through much of recent history.

What applies to O'Donnell applies as well to most of the other Tea Party candidates who, as Sean Wilentz recently pointed out in the New Yorker, are the intellectual heirs of conservative anti-intellectualism. This does apply of course to the Republican Party itself, although for the moment it is both supine and leaderless when it comes to reclaiming the moderate center. It only wants to win and, to that end, it will do almost anything –including, of course, opposing programs without which the United States economy would simply have crashed. This is childish.

No doubt Meghan McCain will hear from her father about what she said. It was he who promulgated the GOP doctrine of win-at-any-cost when he chose Sarah Palin to be his running mate. Palin was, and remains, highly unqualified for the presidency, talented only in demagoguery. She came, like Eve, out of John McCain’s rib.

Meghan McCain put her finger on the sorry state of the GOP. It has fallen into the arms of Beckian extremists, a horde of people who look to the oddly-venerated Glenn for wisdom and primers on the constitution. It is a movement that reveres a past that never existed, that rewrites history with an ideological pen and has things happen in the past that they seek for the future. As Wilentz points out, James Madison and other founding fathers wanted a strong central government and had a healthy distrust of organized religion. Smart guys, the founding fathers.

The pureness, the political virginity that is supposed to be the virtue of the political outsider, has come, as it is supposed to, from Meghan McCain. "Out of the mouths of babes…" the Bible says. And not a moment too soon.

By Richard Cohen  | October 18, 2010; 10:34 AM ET
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Comments

Well that was actually somewhat refreshing. Thank you.

Posted by: herzliebster | October 18, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Sure the woman is different and not a regular politician... I am no fan of hers but Meghan McCain has the balls to comment on O'donnell's lack of credentials? The woman born to a multi-millionaire mother and father?
She is the Paris Hilton of the political scene. Give me a break!

Posted by: sott1 | October 18, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I hope someone can ask O'Connell if Senate hopeful Miller's (AK) use of private security guards to arrest and detain a citizen falls under her notion of Tea Party private sector initiative.
Maybe Sean Hannity...
never mind.

Posted by: tojby_2000 | October 18, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Meghan McCain has become the reliable standby for the Left whenever Ron Reagan, Jr. is otherwise occupied on the Dog Show commentating circuit. Could a speaking spot at the next Democratic National convention be not that far off?

Posted by: carolinadreams | October 18, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Why would someone like you quote this bimbo. She has NO real life experience, yet she has decided she's an authority on everything and people like you are reinforcing that by quoting her words as if she has some magical insight. She is too dense and full of herself to realize she is being used. Pitiful commentary on what we have become.

Posted by: Carole_ | October 18, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I concur with Meghan that Ms. O'Donnell is a 'nut job', I wonder what kind of respect Ms. McCain has earned to be a political pundit of note?

Posted by: OrcasIsland | October 18, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

O'Donnell is wacky, but Coons is "Obama's pet".

People in Delaware have a very poor choice of representation.


Posted by: Benson | October 18, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

O'Donnell is wacky, but Coons is "Obama's pet".

People in Delaware have a very poor choice of representation.


Posted by: Benson | October 18, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Are supporters of Barack Obama totally oblivious to the rich irony of their complaints about anyone else's lack of qualifications?

Posted by: jstine | October 18, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

It is the time for voters to hold accountable those who are misleading them by endorsing less qualified candidates.
It was a huge mistake the endorsement Christine O'Donnell got from Sarah Palin.
Most voters picked Christine because Sarah said vote for her without giving any sounding reason.
One has to ask: Is it really a wise thing to rely on someone's thinking, so long she/he is known?????

Posted by: fridamulindayahoocouk | October 18, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Meghan McCain is a 26 year old who doesn't represent anybody but herself. The liberal media uses her as a convenient foil because of her last name... just as the reported who wrote this article. It's pretty sad really the way you try to paint Meghan McCain as a representative of the Republican party. Noone cares what she thinks except the liberal media who want to use her to misrepresent Republicans. Then again... we all know where the Washington Post stands on the issues... firmly on the side of Obama and the liberals (Journolist anyone?).

Posted by: nptalcott | October 18, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Funny- all the regular fanatical reichwing posters challenging Meghan McCain's credentials to comment. As if they of the "frothing-at-the-mouth irrational diatribe set" have any right to question others in this regard.

Posted by: interactidiomas | October 18, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

New Yorker had a v. thoughtful piece comparing the rise of the TeaParty and unqualified candidates like O'Donnell to the John Birch vs. Buckley conservative battles of the 60s -- a time when the GOP was in similar disarray. The combination of their heavily funded effort to demonize public service for decades with a complete lack of leadership has created a void which money/media and fast fame are filling. Examples of the extremists filling the void abound; all but one of the GOP Senate candidates this round are climate-change deniers; nativist Tancredo is crushing the incompetent GOP candidate from the right in Colorado for Governor. The GOP's legislative strategy the last two years has been to refuse to engage; that combined with a leadership void and relentless hate campaigns via a weak media against public service and government create the very understandable swamp confronting us.

Posted by: jbh3 | October 18, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

This is just another tired paean to a RINO/moderate from state-run, state-controlled WaPo extolling the kind of "Republican" they can respect. As to the experience canard that libs are always throwing out there--first, it's laughable to talk about experience while your boy Barry Soweto (or whatever his real name is) occupies the Oval Office. But I'm not big on experience as it is. I don't care that someone doesn't have decades of stifling, crippling bureaucracy under their belt. I do care about their views, which they can have with zero experience and which is what will impact me in the end. Are they for low taxes? Are they for less government? For a strong military? Against terrorists and terrorism? Will they protect the unborn? Resist the gay agenda? Do they believe that the rest of the world should emulate us, and not the other way around? I've just described what a true Republican and what true Americans believe, and, conversely, what defines libs.

Posted by: kbarker302 | October 18, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Wonder where all these new rightwingnuts got their marching orders to come post anti-McCain drivel on this board?

Morons, Meghan McCain is not running for the US SENATE, but the incompetent, ludicrous COD is. You people have no shame, willing to put such a clown in this great legislative body.

Posted by: Observer691 | October 18, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Meghan McCain is like the boy who pointed out that "the emporer has no clothes". We should all be able to see that for ourselves, especially the media, but we have all chosen to look away. If someone like Christine O"Donnell can be given serious consideration for a senate seat then our country has become a lost cause.

Posted by: chlind | October 18, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

If anyone would know how to point out a crackpot psycho, it would be her. After all, there was the queen of crackpots on her fathers campaign.

Good on her for saying what everyone else outside the tea bag brigade already knows. these people are nuts.

Maybe the media will finally point it out, but I doubt it. Damn liberal media.

Posted by: dcp26851 | October 18, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

The "nut job" is Meghan McCain!!! All she is doing is trying to capitalize on the fame and reputation of her father. She is not her father and never will be. He actually went out and accomplished a good deal in life before he got involved in politics. ALL Meghan has done is get involved in politics by mouthing off - she hasn't taken repsonsibility for anything.

Posted by: AnAmerican5 | October 18, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Do Mr. Cohen and Ms. McCain have a problem with Al Franken? What experience does he have? Nutjob.
Any American can run for public office - qualifications are age and citizenship.

Wake up, Ms. McCain - you are being used by the liberal media and Mr. Cohen. When you run for office, which I suspect you will, we'll remember your comments.

Posted by: wasadem1 | October 18, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Meghan McCain can't be a politician;

She speaks the truth.

Excellent column by the way.

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 18, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

>>Are supporters of Barack Obama totally oblivious to the rich irony of their complaints about anyone else's lack of qualifications?

That's a great point. For example, having graduated with distinction from Harvard Law is pretty much the same as having been sued repeatedly during one's 11-year pursuit of an undistinguished state school. Teaching constitutional law at University of Chicago is a lot like being too fracking scared to confront that meany-pants microphone at {pick any channel but Rupert} . And *Winning a couple of elections* to the state legislature and the United States Senate is just like spending campaign funds on Purina Witch Chow and living in a van by the river.
As invertebrate and lame as Democrats have proven to be in the last decade, they've put forth nothing as preposterous as "O'Donnell for the United States Senate". Congratulations.

Posted by: redlineblue | October 18, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Most amusing is the wingnut reaction,,calling her along with her father,traitor,,etc.As Palin stumped for Mccain against Hayword their choice the contrasts are hilarious.

Posted by: gonville1 | October 18, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Although I do not always agree with the McCains, I certainly enjoyed and agreed with Ms. McCain's statement. Perfectly on-time.

Posted by: fairness3 | October 18, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Cohen,
Thanks for your eloquent usage of the English language. However, remember the Liberal Democrats are scared and running. You incite me to write that Liberals are a dead bunch! We WILL show how things have to be done. Maybe I could find a place in your Liberal world of rotten comments.

Posted by: robtramsey | October 18, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Meghan McCain laments that "One day, you can just wake up and run for the Senate, no matter how [little] experience you have."

Yes, kind of like Obama.

Posted by: princeps2 | October 18, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

[Sott1:
Sure the woman is different and not a regular politician... I am no fan of hers but Meghan McCain has the balls to comment on O'donnell's lack of credentials? The woman born to a multi-millionaire mother and father?
She is the Paris Hilton of the political scene. Give me a break!]

Meagan McCain isn't running for Senate, so let's agree the bar for O'Donnell is just a wee bit higher.

Posted by: Diamondback1 | October 18, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

It's the washPo...what does one expect.....

The House is going to fall to the GOP.......the Senate will no longer be a liberal default......

Democrats and RINOs up in 2 years will be living in fear....the war between liberalism and reality is ending....reality won.

Obama is about to become a lame duck.

This paper will be a river of lily white liberal socialist democrat tears in a few weeks.....

...and that is way kool!

Posted by: georgedixon1 | October 18, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

***Sad, heavy sigh*** Meghan McCain is a self-absorbed young lady who is desperate to remain in the spotlight by any means necessary.

After her father's presidential campaign she could have studied up and made a point to be relevent in the politcal landscape. But no, she has chosen to be a pawn used by the liberal-leaning media at every opportunity.

Good grief...I can only feel sorry for her father.

Posted by: kate19 | October 18, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I am wondering what qualifications it takes to be an editorialist for the Washington Post. A superfical and empty column based on the valley-girl babbling of a woman who would be unknown if it were not for her father's fame.

Ms.McCain, find a productive job.
Mr.Cohen, find some opinions that matter.

Posted by: KCview | October 18, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I am wondering what qualifications it takes to be an editorialist for the Washington Post. A superficial and empty column based on the valley-girl babbling of a woman who would be unknown if it were not for her father's fame.

Ms.McCain, find a productive job.
Mr.Cohen, find some opinions that matter.

Posted by: KCview | October 18, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Well, the easily-mesmerized Cohen thinks the 26-year-old airhead is a genius for calling Republicans names! Why, Cohen thinks Meghan should either be President of the United States or Harvard. Meghan McCain tells the truth!, chants Cohen. Thanks, Leonard, or Bill, or whatever your first name is, but we'll take the witch.

Posted by: chatard | October 18, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

>>A superficial and empty column based on the valley-girl babbling of a woman who would be unknown if it were not for her father's fame.

George Walker Bush says what's up...

Posted by: redlineblue | October 18, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

As much as you LOVE to toe this moderate line and see yourself as above the Dem-Repub bickering and as an independent voice, Cohen, you're not. And you repeatedly come across as a total a s s. Dial down the attitude, dude.

Posted by: Urnesto | October 18, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I would like to know how a "nut job" gets a job as an Opinion Writer for the Washington Post.

Posted by: CitizenMark | October 18, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

As much as you LOVE to toe this moderate line and see yourself as above the Dem-Repub bickering and as an independent voice, Cohen, you're not. And you repeatedly come across as a total a s s. Dial down the attitude, dude.

Posted by: Urnesto | October 18, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"George Walker Bush says what's up..."

hahahaha... yeah so true...
really we got him (GWB) to thank for these kooks that are trying to make a name for themselves under the tea party banner.
he set the bar to a new low for the qualifications to be in major public office.

Posted by: bdubdc | October 18, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

meghan mccain has no more place in politics than christine o'donnell does. at least mrs. o'donnell did it on her own. meghan mccain got a book deal from her daddy. nobody seriously takes her to have any special insight. indeed, if you believed what she says the republicans would be looking at losing seats instead of gaining them.

Posted by: dummypants | October 18, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Question:
Who is Meghan McCain?

What has this little twerp ever done? She's a blogger who's old man is a senator.

Why on earth is anyone quoting this moron? McCain is the poster girl for the do-nothing media elite.

Posted by: ravioliman6666 | October 18, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Basically, Meghan McCain is correct. I admire her for saying what she said.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | October 18, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Basically, Meghan McCain is correct. I admire her for saying what she said.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | October 18, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

@dummypants,
Meghan McCain's an informed voter; that's a place in politics, however rare. O'Donnell's a *candidate*; that too is a place in politics. I'm intrigued that the "right" reveres the voice of "regular people"--until that voice says something yall dont like.
When you say "Mrs. O'Donnell did it on her own", may I ask what on earth you're referring to? That is: What has O'Donnell accomplished that suggests she could be an effective mayor in Mayberry, much less a U.S. Senator?

Posted by: redlineblue | October 18, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

@dummypants,
Meghan McCain's an informed voter; that's a place in politics, however rare. O'Donnell's a *candidate*; that too is a place in politics. I'm intrigued that the "right" reveres the voice of "regular people"--until that voice says something that doesnt go with tea.

When you say "Mrs. O'Donnell did it on her own", may I ask what on earth you're referring to? That is: What has O'Donnell accomplished that suggests she could be an effective mayor in Mayberry, much less a U.S. Senator?

Posted by: redlineblue | October 18, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse


It's a commentary on the lame-brain columnist that 26 year old Meghan McCain -- who's only accomplishment was being born to rich parents -- is regarded as anyone's conscience.

She has also inherited her daddy's talent for self-promotion.


Posted by: Gidgmom | October 18, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

O'Donnell may be a flake, but why anyone would care about Meghan McCain's opinion is beyond me. What a dimwit.

Posted by: Lilycat11 | October 18, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Reminds me of her father of old, the one with integrity before he became a cynical politician. Used to call him a maverick. Keep up the good work yourself Megan, as your OLD MAN no longer has it.

Posted by: likovid | October 18, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I applaud this bright young woman. I am a lifelong Democrat and have many friends who are lifelong Republicans. Although we often disagree, we've always been able to have intelligent discussions about our poltical differences. Not so with the current crop of Republican nut jobs.

Posted by: seaduck2001 | October 18, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Meghan McCain laments that "One day, you can just wake up and run for the Senate, no matter how [little] experience you have."

Yes, kind of like Obama.

Posted by: princeps2

-----------------------------------------

And here I thought Obama had been planning to ruin the US since he was in college. One day Obama has been bred since birht in an evil plot to destroy our nation and the next he just woke up one day and won the Presidency.

But more to the point, if you consider the experience level of Obama and O'Donnell to be similar (which is ridiculous) and say Obama didn't have enough experience, certainly you can't vote for O'Donnell.

Lastly, regardless of O'Donnell's experience level, she has lied about her education among other things. How can you honestly trust her to do what she says she will when she can even be honest about when she finished college?

Posted by: ashotinthedark | October 18, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

cohen's venom reaks of overcompensation. How about this take:

The beauty and strength of the conservative movement is its ability to adapt and evolve. While Obama and the left wail away with the same tired blunt weapons like accusations of extremism, racism, and insanity, the conservative movement acknowledges and learns from its mistakes.

The tea party went overboard when it nominated ODonnell, a candidate who shows all signs of being a career politician. McCain, who is relatively free to speak her mind candidly, merely voiced what many on the right have intuitively felt since first watching Oconnell speak. The lady is a loon, empty, a politician and a liability. She doesn't represent the movement and deserves to lose.

The right wing is capable of acknowledging errors and doesn't cling on desperately to a fellow "Republican" just because they have an R by their names. McDonnell won't stick around to (A) govern poorly or (B) tar the conservative movement in the process.

I hope the Democrats don't change, although it would be better for the health of debate and the Democratic party if they learned a lesson or two from their right-leaning colleagues.

Posted by: batigol85 | October 18, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

You can tell that the truth hurts when these tighty righties cry about 'liberal media', Obama's ('Barry Soetoro') qualifications and Meghan's qualifications--rather than defend that blatant liar, O'Donnell.

Posted by: case50 | October 18, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Benson: Would you mind elaborating on your "Coons is Obama's pet comment?" Is this the same instance as "Palin is FOX's pet" or "Huckabee has a show on FOX so he's really FOX's pet" or "Only FOX would allow the discredited Newt Gingrich to continue to peddle his bad fish on the air. He's their pet." I mean they're all on the payroll. So Explain your comment. Is Coons on Obama's payroll?

Posted by: curtb | October 18, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Having no experience did not bother the elites of the Democrat party when they foisted Barack H. Obama off on America. That was a plus back then. Tables turned and it's a different story today.

How hypocritical!

Posted by: battleground51 | October 18, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Actually, that IS the beauty of this country that "One day, you can just wake up and run for PREDIDENT (ehh I mean senator), no matter how [little] experience you have."

Posted by: jdevine42 | October 18, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Krauthammer and others in regards to Christine O'Donnell as a candidate, that it was a gift to the Democrats due to her not being a viable candidate.

It is a stretch to equate her lack of qualifications etc., to the "most" of the Tea Party candidates or the rest of the GOP.

Posted by: tanks_wp | October 18, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin gave Christine O., a pass because she said so, but only because she used folks like O'Donnell to "take out" an "established" Republican. If established Republicans are removed from power, then the belief is that Sarah Palin and the Far Right will now have an opportunity to govern their way.

Sarah Palin has been using and manipulating the Republican Party, by only endorsing those who she believes is most in alignment with her Kooky views.

In the case of O'Donnell, however, it backfired on Palin. O'Donnell is four times more Kookier than Palin.

The fact that she (Meghan McCain) observed that truth and acknowledged that truth, says a lot more about the "integrity", intelligence, and confidence of Megan McCain than it does about Palin.

Then again, many folks like Palin, since coming onto the national scene have NOT shown one ounce of integrity in their overall being.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | October 18, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

great column, and it affords me the great pleasure of reading conservative comments that refer to John McCains daughter as a 'bimbo'. Ahahahahaha (you said it, we didn't).

Posted by: underhill | October 18, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Meghan McCain conscience of the Republican party? Ha! That's a good one. I remember when the MSM was calling Meghan McCain a nut job. Now she's the conscience of the Republican party. How many times has Meghan confessed she was a liberal Republican. Numerous times. Who takes the word of a nut job.

Posted by: houstonian | October 18, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

No, no! Coons is Harry Reid's pet. Harry Reid said so. Let's get the story straight.

Reid is Obama's lacky. Obama gets to pet Coons whenever Obama grants Reid an audience.

On another front: A pro-Coons ralley was attacked by an African-American mob the other day after the Coons people were heard chanting their mans name, over and over. All the Coons people were up on hate crime charges when the error was rectified.

From now on, the Coons people will cry "Chris! Chris!"

Posted by: battleground51 | October 18, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

"When fascism comes to America, it will be waving the flag, and carrying the cross"… Sinclair Lewis

Posted by: Matrix751 | October 18, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I am no fan of Christine O'Donnell; I do not think she's qualified for the Senate and have serious questions about her ethics. That said, no one as vapid as Ms. McCain has any business complaining about the credentials of another. Were it not for the family name, no one would be remotely interested in hearing her thoughts on politics, because her commentary isn't remotely original or interesting.

Posted by: StevenCarr | October 18, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately for those of you on the left, Meghan Mccain has become one of the liberal family. Welcome to your world.

Posted by: KCview | October 18, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

OrcasIsland @ October 18, 2010 11:03 AM wrote "I concur with Meghan that Ms. O'Donnell is a 'nut job', I wonder what kind of respect Ms. McCain has earned to be a political pundit of note?"

You don't have to be a pundit, or anything else for that matter, to see that O'Donnell is a nut and draw conclusions abut those who vote for her.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | October 18, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Two weeks before the election and the best that Cohen has to offer is what a 26 year-old woman had to say about a non-competitive Senate race? Try again.

Posted by: GSS1 | October 18, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me- but why is anyone listening to Meghan McCain? Has she won an election? Did she get a book deal because maybe her father is John McCain? I put as much stock in what she thinks as the opinions on all things political by Jamie Lynn Spears, sister of Britney.

Posted by: poppysue85 | October 18, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Lots of commenters here question Ms. McCain's credentials, and perhaps they are right to do so. I have however not seen many successfully dismissing her qualification of O'Donnell. Perhaps the young lady is on to something.

Posted by: Marnix | October 18, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Meghan McCain says what her Dad wishes he could say.

She is a far more capable politician and governor of our country than paLin or any of the windless BMW Gop newbees..

I would listen to her if she ran.

She would have both a Heart and a Brain.


ISA

Posted by: vettesport | October 18, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

redlineblue @ October 18, 2010 12:29 PM wrote "What has O'Donnell accomplished that suggests she could be an effective mayor in Mayberry, much less a U.S. Senator?"

Why, she went to Oxford, Claremont, Princeton!

;)

Posted by: AMviennaVA | October 18, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

"Excuse me- but why is anyone listening to Meghan McCain?"

Good grief. What ever happened to reading comprehension? The whole point of Cohen's piece is that Meghan McCain -- a 26-year-old flake who is only famous for being John McCain's daughter -- is the only Republican willing to say that the emperor has no clothes. All these comments attacking McCain for being young, or inexperienced, or vacuous, or whatever, are completely oblivious to the fact that that's the whole point.

Posted by: simpleton1 | October 18, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Her father will be known as the man who introduced the leader of the New American Fascist Party to the world. Their security thugs are already starting to beat up journalists that dare to ask questions of their leaders.

Will Megan ever forgive him for his disastrous choice for VP? Will America??

Posted by: thebobbob | October 18, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Marnix @ October 18, 2010 1:27 PM wote "Lots of commenters here question Ms. McCain's credentials, and perhaps they are right to do so. I have however not seen many successfully dismissing her qualification of O'Donnell."

Exactly!

Whenever a salesman spends his time telling me how bad the OTHER product is, I KNOW he is selling junk!

Posted by: AMviennaVA | October 18, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I agree that O'Donnell has had no real job. And what real job has Princess Meghan had?

Posted by: publius1 | October 18, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Is there no room for disagreement in the Republican party? Can a Republican state her opionion on a Republican candidate if its negative or is that not allowed and does it make you a liberal.
Why is it okay for Tea partiers to blast moderate Republicans for not being fiscally or socially conservative enough but not ok for moderate Republicans to blast Tea Partiers for being qualified or intelligent enough-why the double standard???
This country needs two viable parties. One party is headed down a path of ideological purity and pretty soon the only two good enough to be left in the party will be Sarah and Glenn laughing all the way to the bank.

Posted by: Ali8 | October 18, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Is there no room for disagreement in the Republican party? Can a Republican state her opionion on a Republican candidate if its negative or is that not allowed and does it make you a liberal.
Why is it okay for Tea partiers to blast moderate Republicans for not being fiscally or socially conservative enough but not ok for moderate Republicans to blast Tea Partiers for being qualified or intelligent enough-why the double standard???
This country needs two viable parties. One party is headed down a path of ideological purity and pretty soon the only two good enough to be left in the party will be Sarah and Glenn laughing all the way to the bank.

Posted by: Ali8 | October 18, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Calling any Teabagger a "nut job" is being way too nice.

Posted by: burlydave | October 18, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Grasping at straws, Cohen!

Who is the worst Senate candidate this year? - Easy Winner: Alvin Greene, Democrat South Carolina

If O'Donnell is such a lousy candidate why have both the President & Vice President gone to Delaware to campaign for her opponent and why the is DSCC having to pump-in money?

If Meghan McCain wasn't willing to go on network TV and bash Sarah Palin, would anyone but her parents even know her name?

When the Democrats lose 60 House seats and 9-10 Senate seats, I hope Richard Cohen asks her for an analysis of the elctoral debacle for Democrats.

L.E.T'S...V.O.T.E

Posted by: pilsener | October 18, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

While denigrating Meghan McCain commenters should recall that she is echoing the almighty Karl Rove's words said the day after COD won the primary. Of course he quickly changed his tune after getting beat up by Rushbo and his ilk. Typical right-wing behavior to ignore the message and attack the messenger.

Posted by: colcream | October 18, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Meghan McCain said of Christine O'Donnell is a "nut job" and that is a story how??? Who is Meghan McCain to give a qualified opinion anyway??? I've seem Meghan on talk shows and let's be honest she's no rocket scientist herself. Now in this case she does happen to be right.. O'Donnell is a nut but so what? it's not like she is going to win. BTW I'm sure Meghan thinks Alvin Greene the Democrat running for Senate in SC is a nut job too...

Posted by: sovine08 | October 18, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Meghan McCain may appear to be reasonable, but that's only if compared to the current crop of wing nuts. That's a mighty low standard to hail her as a voice of reason or heroism.

Please, she's as right wing as the rest.

Posted by: sufi66 | October 18, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I am a conservative and will be voting for my local GOP candidate come November 2nd. However, I think it is appalling that Miss O'Donnell has been set up, either by herself or others, to ride for a fall as she undoubtedly will on voting day. She certainly does not have the backing of her party nor endorsement of any of its heavy hitters. No, all she gets are brickbats from the uber intelligencia that is Meghan McCain. Riding on her father's name is about all that can be said about this young lady. I wish Miss O'Donnell well for the future which is not in the Senate.

Posted by: jrwbrit1 | October 18, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Megan McCain is so "blonde"....need I say anything else??

Posted by: Christian1941 | October 18, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

While I must agree that Ms. O'Donnell is symbolic of our culture of "fame for no good reason" - it is a strain of logic that we should then listen to Ms. McCain, who as far as I can tell has no track record either. There are thousands of bloggers saying the same thing, but McCain gets headlines because of her fame for pretty much nothing. I think she's great and spunky and fun - but I can't see her as an authority on anything, really.

McCain's position allows her the luxury to point out that Emporess O'Donnell has no clothes - I doubt she would say the same if she were fundraising for office or part of the system.

We blame these celebrities, the media, everybody but the real culprits - OURSELVES. We watch and read this media, support this crazy culture and political system, we vote based on "name recognition" - we are getting exactly what we are asking for. We have met the enemy ,and....you know who it is.

Posted by: davidwatching | October 18, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

>>Unfortunately for those of you on the left, Meghan Mccain has become one of the liberal family. Welcome to your world.

Really? You're at a point where support for Christine O'Donnell is a litmus test for "family" membership? Awesome.

Posted by: redlineblue | October 18, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I've said it before and I'll say it again. The Wash Post has been hijacked by the right.

Posted by: enchantress_ashley | October 18, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Next up:

Richard Cohen comments on what The Situation and Snookie said last week!

Completely pathetic. I love that this little bimbette is now championed by the left. They do, after all, share the same depth of thought.

Posted by: etpietro | October 18, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Meghan has the intestinal fortitude to take on the extreme right wing of the Republican Party.

Her father displayed this same intestinal fortitude until he caved into the extreme right and chose Sarah Palin as his running mate. In so doing he "snagged defeat from the jaws of victory".

Posted by: WESHS49 | October 18, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Just because Ms. McCain doesnt' belong on the a Sunday talk show doesn't mean she wasn't right. I know she hurt the teatirds precious little feelings, but they can show their displeasure by not watching. Most weren't watching to begin with, given that the new host of the show uses multi-sylabic words.

Posted by: oldabandonedbeachhouse | October 18, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Benson writes:

O'Donnell is wacky, but Coons is "Obama's pet".

People in Delaware have a very poor choice of representation.
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If this is true, then the Republican voters in that state have only themselves to blame. They had a perfectly electable, highly qualified candidate available, and they chose the less qualified, more problematic candidate. The GOP could have won in Delaware easily, but the voters chose differently. This is the problem with the GOP today - they continue to develop a voting base that's rabidly anti-establishment, so the candidates that come out of the primaries are unqualified "outsiders" with questionable beliefs. If the GOP wants to cultivate more qualified candidates they need to cultivate a voting base that doesn't demonize experience and education.

Posted by: DCLocal20 | October 18, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

All the following are nutjobs:

1) Christine O'Donnell
2) Those who vote for her
3) Those who think she would be a good senator
4) Those that think she will enhance the standing of the Republican party.

I'm a Republican, but the thought of this nutjob getting endorsed or *gasp in horror* actually elected, makes me think that my party has lost it's credibiltiy and it's moral compass. Winning at all costs is not the answer.

Posted by: ksilton | October 18, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Megan, you go girl. I watched some Tea Party founders in interviews over the weekend. They simply make up their own facts, i.e., the co-founder of the St. Louis Tea Party said the Obama Stimulus Plan cost more than the entire Iraq War. They also just simply ignore facts that contradict their position. One who was completely against the bank bailouts just says the consequences are the beauty of capitalism. 25 percent unemployment and every pension plan and 401-K in the country wiped out would be the beauty of capitalism. Their comeback to the success of the GM bailout and repayment of the money to the government along with saving a million jobs is "why should the government decide who gets saved and who fails?" What a philosophy to live by.

Posted by: wrw01011 | October 18, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

@oldabandonedbeachhouse
I'm afraid you're missing the point. Anyone who questions tea-party paradoxy is a Very Bad Person, and probably a radical christian muslim sleeper agent socialist fascist. With daddy issues. In our shiny teapot future, *everyone will toe the party line*. It's the American way, dig?

sincerely,
gettinwastedintheheataaand...

Posted by: redlineblue | October 18, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Sure Meghan takes on Christine O'Donnell -- no briner as the GOP has basically thrown her away and it is almost certain that she is going to lose. I didn't hear M. McCain diss equally nutty candidates such as Paul, Buck, Miller and most especially, Angle. That would have taken cajones on her part.

Posted by: Sandydayl | October 18, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"Can it be that the conscience of the Republican Party resides in a 26-year-old woman who has never held elective office and derives her authority, not to mention name recognition, for the fame of her father?"

Richard, although you are a nut job, I always thought, until now, you were a decent WRITER. "her authority...FOR the fame of her father?" Just what the heck does that mean?

She has as much "authority" to comment on the Republican party as my dog, Chloe. At least Chloe can conduct a civil discourse, and has never been allowed, as far as I know, to post revealing photos of herself on the Internet.

But in this time of desperation and paranoia for progressives, there's nothing quite as delicious as a Conservative's kid with an opinion that matches your own. Although you are still a nut job, I understand the emotion.

Meghan McCain's 15 minutes is just about up. Enjoy it while you can!

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | October 18, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

jstine -- Obama has a BA from Columbia university and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard law school.

Sarah Palin went to 5 colleges in 6 years before finally getting a BS in Journalism.

Christine O'Donnell went to Fairleigh Dickinson University, majoring in theater. She didn't get her degree until 2 months ago, though, due to unpaid student loans. I wonder if she used some of her campaign funds to pay off those debts.

Education is important. Neither Palin nor O'Donnell had good educations. Why can't the Tea Party field candidates who actually KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING? Bringing up Obama's experience is a strawman. Let's focus on the people who are actually running.

As I've said before, if the Tea Party wants to effect change, they'll need to get people who are actually able to make those changes happen elected.

Posted by: Duodenum | October 18, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

"Win at all costs"
"Talented at demagoguery"
"Highly unqualified"
"Extremist"

Why Richard, if I didn't already know you were an unscrupulous hack who is about to join Bambi and the rest of the Dems in their collective electoral death rattle, I'd have guessed you were projecting a laundry list of the many things wrong with Bambi, and by extension, the Democrats.

Useful idiots like Meghan McCain are bi-partisan. Check the nearest mirror for confirmation of that.

Posted by: bzod9999 | October 18, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

"Win at all costs"
"Talented at demagoguery"
"Highly unqualified"
"Extremist"

Why Richard, if I didn't already know you were an unscrupulous hack who is about to join Bambi and the rest of the Dems in their collective electoral death rattle, I'd have guessed you were projecting a laundry list of the many things wrong with Bambi, and by extension, the Democrats.

Useful idiots like Meghan McCain are bi-partisan. Check the nearest mirror for confirmation of that.

Posted by: bzod9999 | October 18, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

In order to understand Cohen's column, one has to accept -- perhaps as a thought experiment -- that the Republican Party actually has such a thing as a "conscience." Insofar as this hypothetical construct might actually exist, I am glad to see it resides in Meghan McCain, if no one else. It's pretty clear to me no one else in that party has one at this time, and the last one I can think of in the GOP who had one was Dwight Eisenhower. Goldwater once flirted around the edges of having one, and I once had hopes for Howard Baker and especially Lowell Weicker, who may have well posssessed one. McCain's own father used to be able to fake having one, which is perhaps where she learned it. (I really hope in her case she's not faking it. It would be nice to think that such a thing was still alive, even in the GOP.)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 18, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Christine O'Donnell is more qualified to be a U.S. Senator than Barack Obama was. She's also more qualified to be a Senator than Meghan McCain is qualified to be a political pundit.

Posted by: austinrl | October 18, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Just for the record, Curmudgeon10 above and I are two different people.

Nice to see you again, 10. Last time I think was when we were in a Celebritology comments section at the same time. Give Chloe a scratch behind the ears for me.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | October 18, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"Christine O'Donnell is more qualified to be a U.S. Senator than Barack Obama was. She's also more qualified to be a Senator than Meghan McCain is qualified to be a political pundit.

Posted by: austinrl | October 18, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse"

Of the dozens of moronic nonsensical gibberish posted by rightwingnuts and teabaggers on this board, this wins the prize for the dumbest. Well played, Gomer!

Posted by: Observer691 | October 18, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

"has no real history, no real success in any kind of business. And what that sends to my generation is: One day, you can just wake up and run for the Senate, no matter how [little] experience you have."

Gee golly, aren't those the qualifications of our President?

Posted by: joelhar1 | October 18, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

McCain never wanted Palin. Who in their right mind would? She was pushed on him by Bush's Rovaian thugs after McCain sold out to Cheney for the brown shirt vote in return for letting Rove run his pathetic campaign.

Posted by: areyousaying | October 18, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of one's politics, Cohen's article made me wonder why the daughter of a presidential candidate has any greater credibility than anyone posting on the column? Then again, I have the same question about Liz Cheney.

Posted by: kermit5 | October 18, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Meghan McCain has no more "authority" to speak for the GOP than I have to speak for the New York Mets because I'm a fan of the team. Good Lord, this Cohen character must've drunk his breakfast this morning.

And as for calling someone a "nut job" passing for analysis, well, I guess that just speaks volumes about Miss McCain...and Mr. Cohen.

Posted by: adturnbull | October 18, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

...hey, let's just listen to Palin and the failed GOP, and go back to cut taxes / cut govt that we tried for the 3 decades of the Reagan/Bush era. In fact, let's get ANOTHER big tax cut to the wealthiest as we did in 1981 and 2001.

I mean, that worked SO well to deliver Trickle Down prosperity. Almost nobody is unemployed now. And the banks and oil companies and health insurers, heck - they POLICED THEMSELVES!!! Get government out of the WAY by golly!

Abe Lincoln would have said;
"You can fool some of the people, ALL of the time"... ;^)

- new; Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | October 18, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Of the dozens of moronic nonsensical gibberish posted by rightwingnuts and teabaggers on this board, this wins the prize for the dumbest. Well played, Gomer!

Posted by: Observer691 | October 18, 2010 2:51 PM |

Ok, Observer691, why don't you try making the case for Obama's qualifications for being president? Go ahead, we're waiting.

Posted by: adturnbull | October 18, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Question:
Who is Meghan McCain?

What has this little twerp ever done? She's a blogger who's old man is a senator.

Posted by: ravioliman6666

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kinda like Liz Cheney, eh?

Posted by: areyousaying | October 18, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

What a mess. The most profound statement I heard before the last election was: "Does Obama really want to win and inherit this mess?" No matter which side won they were going to be creamed at the next election. Although I'm really upset that Obama did virtually nothing to stop the rise of our health costs with real reform I suspect after another two years with republican's in charge of Congress the worm will turn and he will be re-elected. Do nothing just won't do it forever for the American people. How anyone can buy the "too much regulation" on wall street argument after the street ripped off people's retirement savings is beyond comprehension to me.

Posted by: Fergie303 | October 18, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm stunned. This is a significant moment for Cohen, who is usually gutless and snarky on the big issues. Thanks for taking this stand.

Posted by: gposner | October 18, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

In the book, "Game Change," by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, Clinton is quoted as telling Sen. Edward Kennedy "A few years ago, this guy (Obama) would be getting us coffee."

Sorry if this outweighs Cohen's jibe at the internecine battles within the ranks of the other side, but a little balance is always appropriate.

Posted by: RossOdom | October 18, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

"McCain went further. Appearing on the ABC show "This Week with Christiane Amanpour," she noted that O'Donnell "has no real history, no real success in any kind of business. And what that sends to my generation is: One day, you can just wake up and run for the Senate, no matter how [little] experience you have.""
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This says more about the ObamA Broadcasting Company and Amanpour. This girl has even LESS of what she is accusing O'Donnell of. And by the way, doesn't Meghan's quote apply to Obama?

What a complete crock of S___. And you are a fat pig Meghan.
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Posted by: hz9604 | October 18, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Funny to find a weasal columnist calling a man who has actually done something with his life a coward.

Posted by: Roytex | October 18, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Are supporters of Barack Obama totally oblivious to the rich irony of their complaints about anyone else's lack of qualifications?

Posted by: jstine
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do you think the fact that it's ironic is a good reason to vote for her? you should note the irony and decide not to make the same mistake twice, don't you think? And it can't actually be ironic in the first place unless you actually think that time has shown Obama's lack of qualifications to have been something that shouldn't have been overlooked, can it?

Posted by: JoeT1 | October 18, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

At last, a McCain we can believe.

Posted by: Diogenes | October 18, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Well, given the context, I thought I'd make a list of Meghan McCain's qualifications:

1) Nice Rack
2) ???

Posted by: pyellman | October 18, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Megan McCain is a self-confessed progressive, as are Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: mike85 | October 18, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Come on, Cohen! The ``sorry state'' of the GOP? The Republicans, dead as a door nail after the 08 election, are poised to massacre a whole generation of Democratic political hacks, along with a few Republicans deserving of retirement. The Tea Party has transformed the GOP, is beating the crap out of Obama's Democrats. This is only a ``sorry state'' for Democratic lapdogs.

Posted by: hedgehog1 | October 18, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Since Barbara Boxer currently resides IN the Senate, I thought being a "nut job" was a prerequisite. I am now finding that Libs differentiate between nut jobs? Lib nut jobs=OK? Cons nut jobs=Bad. I got it.

Posted by: PACIFICENV | October 18, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Meghan tells it like it is. Too bad her dad sold his soul for votes.

Posted by: sux123 | October 18, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Whatever else, Ms. McCain will be listented to in the future by more folks of both political pursuasions.

Posted by: Spectator | October 18, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I like Meghan McCain. She said out loud what everybody was thinking, and was honest, which is an admirable virtue so lacking in partisans and politicians these days. People are tired of Pol-Speak, which is why they are gravitating towards Tea-Partiers in the Right in search of something other than Pol-Speak. So why not give them some honest words (which are always faultless) among their available choices? Things went bad, and will get a lot worse, and people want answers - honest ones, not the false assurances of Pol-Speak or the mis-placed anger of Tea-Partiers. I think Meghan McCain will make a very good Governor someday. If anybody can run for public office then like most people I would prefer the one that speaks her mind and calls a spade a spade, how about you? lol. Think about it...;-).

Anyone commenting here is a blogger, just by commenting they've joined the online blogging community, so don't knock a fellow blogger for being a blogger and definitely not for speaking her mind - incase you haven't noticed, she writes books too. lol.

As far as her credentials go, she is an Ivy-League educated (Columbia University) published author of two books as well as a columnist in The Daily Beast, and not a Pol (yet). Don't just look at her father, look at her, and be fair.

Posted by: darkasnight1234 | October 18, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I think Megan likes publicity. When you think of how Obama, with very little experience, none in business.... and still became PRESIDENT.. why is O'Donnell surprising to her??? O'Donnell's run for office previously, too.
I've lost respect for Amanpour's show, I guesss Amanpour couldn't find anyone more knowledgeable than this 26 yr. old!

Posted by: ohioan | October 18, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Meghan is just another immature big mouth shooting from the shoulder of her politically prominent father.This the early warning sign of a rank opportunist.

Posted by: vismorge | October 18, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Democrats have Al Green in South Carolina... he makes O'Donnell look like a Genius! And, there's Barbie "Box of Rocks"
Boxer, Maxine Waters, Eric Massa, and Nancy "you have to pass the bill before you know what's in it" Pelosi, etc., etc.

Posted by: ohioan | October 18, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

MR. COHEN: YOU MUST HAVE ROCKS IN YOUR HEAD TO WASTE PAPER ON THIS LADY. MEGHAN IS AN IMMATURE PERSON YOU ARE USING TO NITPICK THE GOP. GET A LIFE.

Posted by: DANSHANTEAL1 | October 18, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I recently read Ms. McCain book and found it wonderful.

She's a GOP'er of the old school, i.e., ethics, live and let live, and common sense.

A Barry Goldwater conservative.

Ms. McCain is a GOP'er who THINKS, and makes no apology for being intelligent.

She shares my opinion of today's far right; a bunch of dangerous loons.

She shares my opinion of KKKarl Rove and his thugs; creepy dirtballs.

The Tea Party is almost complete, all they need to complete their brand's image is the armbands with swastika's, the clicking heels and the goosestep.

Posted by: 809212876 | October 18, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Rather than praising Ms. McCain's vulgar bad manners Mr. Cohen ought to condemn them. Or simply pretended not to notice. No talent or perspicacity is needed to call an adversary "a nut job." Does Mr. Cohen really think this is exemplary public behavior? Calling someone with whom one has political differences crazy is a sign of intelligence and insight? Really? All Leftists seem able to do is insult, smear, slander, abuse, defame and ridicule people they disagree with about politics. This is shockingly infantile. It is a bad sign. A wheel has come off somewhere in the educational process that is producing such legions of ill-mannered partisan dogmatists.

Posted by: Teleologicus | October 18, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

So a 30 something running for a Senate seat who has never worked in the private sector, claims to be a constitutional scholar, does not understand what principals the United States were founded upon, is not fit to be in the Senate.... Okay, so who are we talking about, Obama, right???? Anyway, try switching the names and it is really amazing that they both have a lot in common. I wonder if Ms McCain has any understanding of the founding fathers. If she did, she would restate the myth that they were for a massive central government. They saw a federal government as a check to different state's agendas in the common defense, trade tariffs, treaties and other general common good that the good ole Constitution describes. Try reading a little bit Ms McCain. Better yet, ask your daddy, he may know a thing or two.

Posted by: misscheerios | October 18, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Meghan McCain is a liberal media prostitute just like her father. In addition, it seems she is not capable of believing anything but the liberal narrative. And she is mean. The more she trashes Republicans, the more liberal rags like the Washington Post will reward her. Then the same liberal journalists like Cohen who reward her for her nasty name calling will lament about the level of negative rhetoric of this campaign when a Republican criticizes one of their own like Obama. These partisan journalists are euphoric and heavily report in a positive way cheap, nasty rhetoric like Meghan McCain's when used against a Republican whom the liberal media is in the process of dehumanizing to save a Democratic seat.

Posted by: jcam1 | October 18, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and Cohen are nut jobs.

Posted by: jcam1 | October 18, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and Cohen are nut jobs.

Posted by: jcam1 | October 18, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

It's times like these I really regret the WarshPost not having the capability to let us show color pictures ~ Fur Shur I'd be posting a shot of Meghan's TWO GREATEST ASSETS.

Other than that I fail to see why anyone would be interested in the woman ~ well, maybe her money, but she's the sort who is quick to disparage the efforts of others to actually earn a living rather than draw down on the immense family trust funds.

It's always so trashy to talk about the income of folks who make less than you anyway and there's Meghan McCain doing that every chance she can get.

Posted by: muawiyah | October 18, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

The ranting right has a perverse hold on business experience a candidate filter.
1) The W years were as business-like as you're liable to see. Government was perfectly docile in every business but national defense, and handed trillions of dollars to their best customers, who used the savings to build new factories..in China.

2) The folksy rancher from Greenwich CT and Harvard Business School was a terrible--I repeat, terrible--business man. He had exactly one profitable venture, as a brand-Name for the Rangers, who made him wealthy...off the government teat! Cheney's first--I repeat, first--private sector job was as a Halliburton exec, after five military-service deferments and ~15 years in government.

What about this gov-as-biz has been especially good for your family, your community, or your descendants?

Posted by: redlineblue | October 18, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I gotta give conservatives credit for being team players - it doesn't seem to matter how bad their guy is, it's nothing compared to those America-hatin' godless commies!!!

Posted by: mikem1 | October 18, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the point that the current Republican party is anti-intellectual. Their rants against the "elites" are really an anti-success attitude. Look how Sharon Angle criticized Senator Reid for being successful as an attorney and making lots of money -- she made her modest financial status a positive point in her favor -- "look at me, I wasn't financially success and didn't make a lot of money, so vote for me, I'm mediocre, not like that successful elitist Harry Reid." Republicans may vote for mediocre individuals as politicians, but I suspect that they won't prefer mediocre doctors to treat their ailments, mediocre engineers to build their bridges, mediocre bankers to handle their financial assets. It certainly is perverse to make mediocrity a political asset.

Posted by: Riograd | October 18, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

We can see that liberals like nasty rhetoric. They praise nasty rhetoric, especially when it is used against an opponent whom liberal media are in the process of dehumanizing. So whenever liberals complain about nasty rhetoric, which they always seem to do, they are merely complaining about opposition.

Liberalism = Hypocrisy

Posted by: jcam1 | October 18, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Megan McCain is a progressive which is the same as a liberal. She's not a Republican or a Conservative. She's also a fruitcake.

Posted by: kalamere | October 18, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

It always turned my stomach when McCain would say how 'proud' he was of Sarah Palin, with that hollow look and smarmy tone of voice. Now that he has a young woman with whom he could be proud of - his own daughter - I'll bet he'll never say it.

Posted by: jshafer1 | October 18, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

The elitist stench in this piece is nauseating.

What motivates the current anti-liberal movement(call it the Tea Party if you want, but the sentiment goes beyond them) is the growing of a welfare state, obscene taxation, historically high debt, and the size and scope of government at all levels.

Why is this motivation the target of attack by the far left and mainstream media?

We should all lay down and take it while the country is transformed into a unsustainable socialist nation?

The reaction from the center-right is wholly justified. It didn't need prodding from Beck or anyone else. The Republican party is in need new blood, even if that blood seems a bit nutty.

Posted by: tymcw | October 18, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Poor Meghan. She is such a sap for the left. But at least she established this, "...as a woman.." All we have to do is look at her blouse and we can tell that! But then we'd probably come to that same conclusion looking at Michael Moore.

That being established, I'm not sure I disagree with her analysis of O'Donnell. But her primary victory sheds some light on a difference between the liberty-loving Republicans, and the control-freak Democrats. O'Donnell's campaign illustrates that Republicans allow THE PEOPLE to select their candidates. On the left, they VET their candidates, thereby placing the lefty impramatur on them. It's not a selection by the people, but by the Democrat elitist.

Posted by: Boray1 | October 18, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

What an inept clown elected as Senator from Deleware? But enough about Joe Biden!

"They simply make up their own facts, i.e., the co-founder of the St. Louis Tea Party said the Obama Stimulus Plan cost more than the entire Iraq War."

Sorry, this is a fact.

"According to CBO numbers in its Budget and Economic Outlook published this month, the cost of Operation Iraqi Freedom was $709 billion for military and related activities, including training of Iraqi forces and diplomatic operations.

The projected cost of the stimulus, which passed in February 2009, and is expected to have a shelf life of two years, was $862 billion."

See also: http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/08/iraq_the_war_that_broke_us_not.html

Posted by: Ken16 | October 18, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Cohen must be tingling in both legs thinking about how the daughter of a RINO, who is to the left of Blue Dog Dems, is having fun poking at those nasty conservatives who helped deep-six her Daddy in 2008 by staying home.

So why is, Cohen, if the GOP is in such a "sorry state", that your Lefties in the Dem party are about to experience an historical beat down in 15 days?

Oh right...as you Lefties always say...the public is just SO DUMB and IGNORANT that they just don't quite understand what all you smart guy liberal elites really can do for them.

News flash Cohen -- unlike in most past elections, the public is completely tuned in the to issues this year and not just the imagery.

What's your over/under Mr. Cohen on how many seats the "sorry state" Republicans will gain in 15 days? 50?

Posted by: CREEBOLD | October 18, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Having read the New Yorker piece Cohen cites, this explains why Tea Partiers kept quiet during Dubya's tenure (since he couldn't be called a socialist), but, since a Democrat took the helm, conflating liberalism with socialism is accepted without even having to argue it among the brethren. TPers are just John Birch Society members under a new title. And Glenn Beck is the newer, more emotive, Willard Skousen.

Posted by: bitterblogger | October 18, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

That's right! (Your article, Mr. Cohen).

Posted by: deepthroat21 | October 18, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Meghan McCain is the adult daughter of Senator John McCain. She has the Free Speech Right to say whatever she feels. You all can agree or disagree with her views; but I know her heart speaks for her generation. There is no justifiable reason to attack her, or attack the messenger. If her views are unwanted news, you critics can click off here.

Civility says to treat others with some respect; and democracy demands that everyone participate in the election of trusted representatives. Get out an vote, is the main thing here.

Posted by: rmorris391 | October 18, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Strom Thurmond made 100 and never went out of style. His big gay fashion secret? It was almost like he had a little black dress suitable for all occasions.

Posted by: Uoughtano | October 18, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

dummypants wrote: meghan mccain has no more place in politics than christine o'donnell does. at least mrs. o'donnell did it on her own. meghan mccain got a book deal from her daddy. nobody seriously takes her to have any special insight. indeed, if you believed what she says the republicans would be looking at losing seats instead of gaining them.

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Really? M McCain has the unique insight that few have—the family member of a life-long politician. I'd say literally growing up in politics gives one 'special insight' by default. Of course that will come through the filter of her own leanings and familial biases, but it is a very in-depth look into politics and politicians, that despite her youth, is meaningful—she's young, she isn't stupid. Of notable importance: SHE ISN"T RUNNING FOR OFFICE!

On the other hand, O'Donnell is a perpetual candidate that survives by earning a living from campaign funds, while never winning any election at all. She has no experience as a successful anything, and has no experience in any office—as either an office holder, or even anyone in a position to observe an office holder close up (as did/does M. McCain).

Dummypants does an excellent job of supporting McCain's assertions, and earns his screen name by attacking the messenger in defense of an idiot who isn't qualified to be assistant, to the assistant, to the assistant, of the deputy to the assistant, of the deputy dog catcher (in training).

Posted by: grantmh | October 18, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

@tymCW What motivates the current anti-liberal movement.. is the >>growing of a welfare state
So you were furious about the Bush's medicare expansion, yes? And you're prepared to raise the retirement age to ___.
>>obscene taxation
Compared to what? Not Eisenhower. Not anything Goldwater proposed. Not Nixon. Not Reagan.
>>historically high debt
Please dont make me laugh. Where were you while the GOP put the bill for two wars on a flipping credit card? You were slurping your congressman for lower taxes, moaning for more and better-equipped troops, and groaning about fiscally irresponsible democrats.
and the size and scope of government at all levels.
Terri Schiavo. NCLB. Still laughing at your small-gov GOP.

Posted by: redlineblue | October 18, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Why would someone like you quote this bimbo. She has NO real life experience, yet she has decided she's an authority on everything and people like you are reinforcing that by quoting her words as if she has some magical insight. She is too dense and full of herself to realize she is being used. Pitiful commentary on what we have become.

Posted by: Carole_ | October 18, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I concur with Meghan that Ms. O'Donnell is a 'nut job', I wonder what kind of respect Ms. McCain has earned to be a political pundit of note?

Posted by: OrcasIsland | October 18, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

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She's got just as much right to be mentioned as a voice on the right as Dick Cheney's screeching-voiced daughter Liz.
When did Liz fight in any wars or participate in executing a war and yet she presents her father's ineptitude as a warrior as something wonderful. In fact he was and is anything but a failure and the facilitator of the slaughter of tens of thousands of innocent human beings.
In that, Ms McCain is refreshing because it lets us know that not all Republicans and their supporters are pure-bred nutcases and uneduated arses. Go Meghan, you make your Mother proud. I guess it takes a "bimbo" to call someone else the same. fritz

Posted by: papafritz571 | October 18, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh please. Meghan McCain is about as Republican as Obama. Funny...'nut job' has always been the exact term I use when referring to her. It's clueless people like her on both sides that have given rise to the Tea Party movement. If that's still not clear enough to Mr. Cohen and the rest of the clueless left, it will be on Nov. 2.

Posted by: mtclimber | October 18, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

It's clear from the posts here the "right" has lost its moral (and rational) center and is prepared to accept any drivel fed to them by anyone who declares themselves anti-Obama, no matter what the promise, and no matter what their reasons. That's fine because they're a fringe minority. Anyone who is not lying to themselves knows O'Donnell is an idiot at best, and a vote for sale (cheap) at worst.

Listen up! The bad guys aren't the GOP or the DEMS! The bad guys are the greed capitalists who will, and can afford to, do anything to promote their money-making ways. GWB gave 'em a few trillion (tax cuts, a privatized war, and a bank bailout) but now they want more. Obama made it illegal not to have health insurance (they lick their chops) but he had the audacity to require them to deliver something in return. Now they want someone else in power, who might for instance deliver the Social Security system to them on a big platter. Look at Fox-- who's running that? The billionaire Rupert Murdoch. It doesn't matter that he's Australian, because billionaires aren't tied to one country or economy. And the funding for the late Tea Party surge is coming from the Koch brothers, and all of Karl Rove's zillionaire friends.

The best friends of greed capitalism are politicians who blame the other party for the problems of their constituents, or blame the constituents themselves (the "culture of welfare and dependency"). Or they blame Afghan peasants, or Somali pirates, or "godless liberals." Don't believe them! In ten years our economy has doubled in size, but the average workers' pay is flat! Where's the money? Ask Lloyd Blankfein. Ask Mark Zuckerberg. Ask Hank Paulsen. Don't vote for O'Donnell because you can't stand Obama. Tell your GOP party that's not the choice you want to make. I have to assume there's at least someone in the leadership who still has a mind. And a soul!

Posted by: jaydavis | October 18, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

O'Donnell is wacky, but Coons is "Obama's pet".
People in Delaware have a very poor choice of representation.

Posted by: Benson | October 18, 2010 11:08 AM
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Yes, and O'Donnell's far more respectable opponent from the Republican primaries is likely wondering about the irony of it all.
Pick the pet with intelligence or the certifiable nutjob? That's the million dollar question for the voters of Delaware.

Posted by: chris30338 | October 18, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

She (Sharon Angle) also told the students that they are "misinterpreting" the commercials. "I'm not sure that those are Latinos in that commercial."

I apologize for the politically incorrect speech but is this woman a COMPLETE RETARD???

No one can be that stupid, right? No, wait. This is the Tea Party we are talking about here! Someone obviously left the tea bags in too long with this one!

Posted by: chris30338 | October 18, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Even Meghan knows what her best (2) assets are, but outside of just two of us, no one posting on this thread has even noticed.

What can we say ~ oh, yes, from a recent report on pies at Marie Calendar in California ~ THE CRUST IS WRONG.

They changed the recipe and took out the transfats, and the transfat predecessors, and even the good fats you need to trigger enzymes that strip your triglycerides out of your blood.

Thanks Leftwingtards ~ YOU DESTROYED APPLE PIE ~ is nothing sacred to you?

Then, MOM ~ your abortion first policies have definitely wiped out MOM.

So, anymore MOM and APPLE PIE aren't even American, which is a darned good reason to vote you people out of office.

Posted by: muawiyah | October 18, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Are supporters of Barack Obama totally oblivious to the rich irony of their complaints about anyone else's lack of qualifications?

Posted by: jstine
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Uhhhhmmmm, no. President Obama was a senator. He always paid his bills. He is educated. He is a lawyer.

Please. Don't make yourself look any sillier.

Posted by: arancia12 | October 18, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

The "nut job" is Meghan McCain!!! All she is doing is trying to capitalize on the fame and reputation of her father. She is not her father and never will be. He actually went out and accomplished a good deal in life before he got involved in politics. ALL Meghan has done is get involved in politics by mouthing off - she hasn't taken repsonsibility for anything.

Posted by: AnAmerican5

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Sure you don't mean O'Donnell? You could just replace Meghan McCain with Christine O'Donnell and the paragraph would still work. Expect for the father part. You could substitute Sarah Palin for that.

Posted by: arancia12 | October 18, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives and teabaggers are just a hoot. Two years ago when Ms. McCain was working to get Dad elected, she was the new face of the right. She was pretty, unlike those ugly liberal women. She was Republican royalty, unlike that jumped up Obama. She was admired and adored. Suddenly, the right hates her. Fickle wingnuts. Speaking the truth always gets your panties in a wad.

Posted by: arancia12 | October 18, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse


The only thing Meghan McCain knows about politics is what she learned at the knee of her brain dead father.

She is correct about one thing, Christine O'Donnell is a nut job.


Posted by: mortified469 | October 18, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

It's times like these I really regret the WarshPost not having the capability to let us show color pictures ~ Fur Shur I'd be posting a shot of Meghan's TWO GREATEST ASSETS.

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Posted by: muawiyah
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Everything you need to know about the sexist right. Wingnuts will use anything to disparage someone they disagree with. You and Ms. McCain will make up and then you'll be drooling about how much better looking conservative women are than liberals.

Posted by: arancia12 | October 18, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh wow. Thanks for this article. Now that I know Meghan's views, I will be voting against all republicans this election.

NOT!

Posted by: whatmeworry3 | October 18, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

o! Megan.

To be a real Republican again. But I am afraid that will never occur again in my lifetime.

Rich Iott dresses like a Nazi.

Joe Miller acts like one. Those security guards arresting a journalist. Where is the First Amendment there?

There are too many kooks and not enough critics within the party for me to consider it any more. They scare me.

The postings of the so-called conservatives in these forums scare me.

If it looks like a Nazi and acts like a Nazi, well, it probably is a Nazi.

They have gone too far.

Posted by: colonelpanic | October 18, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Are supporters of Barack Obama totally oblivious to the rich irony of their complaints about anyone else's lack of qualifications?

Posted by: jstine | October 18, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Well actually we might just be confused by the hypocrisy of the right.

It is rather interesting that anyone would try and compare the qualifications of President Obama with Palin and O'Donnell and the like. In a white male President Obama's qualifications and experience would be heralded. We would be hearing stories of how he pulled himself up by his boot straps. You all would be pointing out to your kids and grand kids to see what hard work and commitment will do for them. Nope, instead he is vilified. He is being compared to people who barely graduated from college let alone have an advance degree. He is being compared to a quitter and to people who never accomplished a thing other than run for elections. President Obama started at the bottom as a community organizer and went on to become a Senator for his state , then a U.S. Senator then President of the United States and somehow that is not enough experience. He beat out how many candidates to become elected as President of the United States? Right!! for anyone else but for a person of color no matter how much experience he had it wouldn't be enough. George Bush had the experience of people from two different Republican administrations, his experience was actually quite limited and his success in business wasn't great and we can tell considering how he left the country compared to what was handed to him. Hmmm......

Posted by: catmomtx | October 18, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Ms. McCain is a well educated young woman who has had a close look at politics and of the people with whom her father has worked. She is not an ignorant, small minded angry person like so many of the 'small' posters on this site! Good for her to stand up and speak out!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | October 18, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Ms. McCain would have been considered a staunch conservative Republican just a few years ago. Now the far right wing of the GOP considers her and others like her to be RINOs. I cannot name a single government in history which improved the lot of its people by adopting far right policies and laws.
The fools who are marching to Palin/Beck's beat are living in a fantasy land. We cannot restore freedom by taking it away, nor can we improve the lot of the average American by giving corporate interests free rein to design their own laws. In spite of what the Tea Party people say about taking back America, a little research will reveal a great deal of corporate money and old guard Republicans behind their movement. The same Republicans who are largely responsible for the policies which brought our economy to the brink of the worst depression since the 1930s. We had corporate rule prior to the Great Depression and to a lesser degree again under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, and witnessed a decades long economic meltdown and the near total destruction of our middle class. Is this the US we want our children to grow up in? How long until the Thought Police start hauling people away in the night?
All things in moderation is anathema to the extremists on the right, and they will brook no argument, even if they can be proven wrong. They are charged with anger and hatred and are completely irrational. They should be mad at George W. Bush and the Republican-dominated 2001-2006 Congress, not Obama and the Democrats. Propaganda succeeds where truth and logic fail. Fools!
It's a shame so many people are completely ignorant of our history and seek to recreate some paradisaical past which never existed and which will surely result in even greater hardship for all of us but the mega wealthy and corporations which own our government today, and will still own it tomorrow no matter what the Tea Party says. Caveat emptor.

Posted by: meand2 | October 18, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Ms. McCain is a well educated young woman who has had a close look at politics and of the people with whom her father has worked. She is not an ignorant, small minded angry person like so many of the 'small' posters on this site! Good for her to stand up and speak out!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | October 18, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Meghan McCain is a fat chick with a doofus but famous father.

Her intellectual prowess is inversely proportionate to her allegedly darling and large breasts.

I am personally offended that this idiot who can't string two coherent thoughts together gets any attention.

As bad as the Numnuts-in-Chief Obama is, can you imagine having to listen to the Alzheimerish McCain saying over and over again, "My Friends" and his idiot daughter pronouncing on important national issues.

The republic is dooomed if these are the best people we can persuade to come forward to serve the nation.

AAAAAARRRRGGGGHHH!

Posted by: jshaver001 | October 18, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Meghan McCain is a breath of fresh air and reminds me of the her father about 10 years ago. (Whatever happened to him?) Keep speaking out Meghan and fight the good fight. Don't hold back any punches. Your voice of reason is needed and your candor.

Posted by: pjsilva | October 18, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

"Can it be that the conscience of the Republican Party resides in..."

I don't believe you can credibly use the words "conscience" and "Republican" in the same sentence - unless you are writing satire.

A party that would launch a war based on lies just to enrich their friends in industry, and watch a million people die and a trillion of our tax dollars swirl down the drain and still say "we don't regret that" cannot be said to have a conscience.

A party that can promulgate the lie that Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11 simply to bolster their case for said war, and rub the families of 4,000+ service men and women with this false "revenge" mission so many of them apparently believed, cannot be said to have a conscience.

A party that puts itself forth as being "Christian" just to fool large numbers of people in rural areas of this country into voting for them, and then proceed to run roughshod over every value that Jesus of Nazareth preached in the entire New Testament, cannot be said to have a conscience.

A party that knows damned well what the science is on climate change, but pretends to have "doubts" simply because clients in the oil business want to wring a few trillion dollars of profits out before things get undeniably catastrophic, cannot be said to have a conscience.

A party that would stoke race and religion fears at every corner, and cultivate hatred whenever it saw the chance to convert the currency into votes, cannot be said to have a conscience.

I could go on, but you either know what I'm talking about or your head is buried deeply in the sand.

So yes, Meghan McCain herself may have a conscience, and if so I'm glad she is speaking out. But it is quite impossible for her to be the "conscience of the Republican Party". A party that has no soul and no remorse for its frankly genocidal deeds has no room in its being for a conscience. Sorry Meghan, if you're a conscience looking for a host, they're not hiring down at Republican headquarters.

Posted by: B2O2 | October 18, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Does it surprise anyone? Her voters have a low regard for government. They have little regard for who they elect to it. If you understand that you get what you vote for, then it only stands to reason.

Posted by: tigman_2 | October 18, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, if Megan was not John McCain's daughter, would she make the news? So many things to analyze and debate..., and Mr. Cohen choses this non-subject. How we miss great journalism!

Posted by: HaveItYourWay | October 18, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, if Megan was not John McCain's daughter, would she make the news? So many things to analyze and debate..., and Mr. Cohen choses this non-subject. How we miss great journalism!

Posted by: HaveItYourWay | October 18, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

McCain knows how to hype that book.

Posted by: logicprevails | October 18, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Firstly, M McCain would not even be noticed except for her father (another RINO). Secondly, she is not well educated; she went to Columbia - another bastion of hyper-grade inflation and a source (along with the rest of the ivy league) of the failed leadership that has plagued this country since the beginning of the 20th century. Thirdly, she would not be getting positive marks from the legacy media (as her father does) unless she bashed the Republican party and its conservative principles, which is quite appropos as she does not have any principles worth noting.

Posted by: BeanerECMO | October 18, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Cohen's praise for Meghan McCain is hilarious.
Does anyone else think it's really funny that he is paying tribute to an inarticulate, cliche dropping "valley girl" while criticizing O'Donnell.

Meghan Mc makes O'Donnell sound like a political genius.

Surely Cohen is playing with us on this one. As a tennis player once or twice stated, he cannot be serious!

Posted by: pjcafe | October 18, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

You want to see a nutjob Meghan? Look in the mirror. How nice to grow up with a trust fund, never having to have a real job and money worries like O'Donnell (and the rest of us). If you're so politically savvy sweetie, wouldn't your Dad be in the White House now instead of Obamanator? You really should keep your mouth shut so you don't keep confirming everyone's notion of a "dumb blonde".

Posted by: profmoriarty | October 18, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse


What nonsense. Meaghan McCain is no more a Republican than Cher's daugher is a woman. She describes herself as far left of center.

Pathetic WaPo hacks is that all you've got? Prepare yourselves for the slaughter of Democrats at the polls in 15 days.

Posted by: screwjob21 | October 18, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

"James Madison and other founding fathers wanted a strong central government and had a healthy distrust of organized religion"

That's a flat out lie. Madison wanted a small and rather weak central government. How very sad and pathetic that you think you can get away with lying to your readers. Especially when it's so easy to check

Posted by: jbbarbeque | October 18, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Why is anyone still publishing this guy's mindless dreck? It's embarrassing.

Posted by: pabarge | October 18, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Tea Party is the spirit of Spiro Agnew. They plant loud backbenchers behind committee chairmen like Nixon and Boehner and Geo W Bush. A snake molts and sheds but it's a snake.

Strom Thurmond made it to 100 and never went out of style. His big gay fashion secret? It's like a little black dress suitable for all occasions.

Politics is a circle of refinement and elephants. Grand Old Party.

Posted by: Uoughtano | October 19, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

"James Madison and other founding fathers wanted a strong central government and had a healthy distrust of organized religion"

That's a flat out lie. Madison wanted a small and rather weak central government. How very sad and pathetic that you think you can get away with lying to your readers. Especially when it's so easy to check

Posted by: jbbarbeque
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Did you learn this at Palin U?

Madison felt the Articles of Confederation were not strong enough. He advocated a central government that could raise taxes and control interstate commerce.

"The Constitutional Convention of 1787 presented Madison with the opportunity for which he had so long prepared. Success, he believed, was imperative because failure would lead to a return to monarchy or to the dissolution of the United States into several separate governments. Basing his theories on the historical experiences of both ancient and modern confederacies, which, he charged, had failed because of the weakness of their central authorities, Madison arrived fully prepared to become the leading advocate of a strong central government." http://www.history.army.mil/books/revwar/ss/madison.htm

Read some literature instead of just those conservative blogs.

Posted by: arancia12 | October 19, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Washington Post Hypocrite fools....

"Palin was, and remains, highly unqualified for the presidency, talented only in demagoguery."

Were these words ever uttered for our current commander in chief??? What exactly had then Senator Obama accomplished or managed which indicated his ability to be President??

Absolutely NOTHING...and his lack of experience is playing out with this Ground Hog Day like Jimmy Carter Presidency revival...

I know opinions are like armpits; every one has 2 of them and they usually stink...but this OP-Ed takes the cake... PURE RUBBISH.

Posted by: jlarranaga | October 19, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

"As Wilentz points out, James Madison and other founding fathers wanted a strong central government"

There is strong and then there is strong. If the Founding Fathers had a crystal ball and saw how "strong" (powerful, expensive, overreaching, interfering and control freakish) the central government would become, they would have said, "Let's not bother. Let's just stick with King George III).

Posted by: FeralCat1 | October 19, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

"As Wilentz points out, James Madison and other founding fathers wanted a strong central government and had a healthy distrust of organized religion. Smart guys, the founding fathers."

Yet federalism won the day (constitutionally divided sovereignty between the states and central government, with strong restrictions on the power of the central government). And, of the 204 men who are often considered the founders, all but three belonged to distinctly Christian denominations (the other three were Unitarian; Jefferson did not believe in the divinity of Christ, yet often called himself a Christian). Madison himself based the three branches of government on Isaiah 33:22, and in 1812 signed a federal bill (as President) which economically aided the Bible Society of Philadelphia in its goal of the mass distribution of the Bible. If he was distrustful of organized religion, he hid it well.

I know the truth is a bothersome thing, Mr. Cohen, but as John Adams said, "Facts are stubborn things." The reason you are so fast and loose with them can only be that you, too, look on "the masses" with disdain and think we will just unquestioningly believe whatever you say. It must be hard when people actually know something.

Posted by: LadyVA | October 19, 2010 5:12 AM | Report abuse

Oh good lord, Richard. Meghan McCain is the "conscience of the Republican Party"? You have brief flashes of actual insight, but crap like this is what keeps you from rising above common political hackery. This idea that only liberals can have a conscience is such a well worn leftist cliche that it's embarrassing to see you employing it. Likewise, the idea that Sarah Palin or Christine O'Donnell are somehow less qualified for high political office than the current occupant of the White House was when he was elected only highlights the lack of introspection in your writing. You agree with Obama's ends, so he is qualified regardless of his actual qualifications. You disagree with Palin and O'Donnell's ends, do they must be "unqualified", period. That's not insight, Richard, that's pure hatred.

What do you have against strong, independent women, anyways?

Posted by: trueholygoat | October 19, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

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