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More McCain Asshattery

As some here know, I have a daughter. If some idiot (like, for example, Laura Ingraham) made a comment about her, I’d stand up for her. That’s what fathers do – especially if that comment had something to do about your daughter’s body. Apparently this is not the case with John McCain. Quoting ThinkProgress:

Today, in his “Twitterview” with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) shied away from condemning Ingraham’s gratuitous attacks on his daughter. Stephanopoulos asked McCain, “What do you think of Meghan’s feud with Coulter and Ingraham?” McCain first said, “I’m proud of my daughter and she has a right to her opinions.” When asked if he agrees with his daughter, McCain did not say, simply stating, “like any family we agree on some things and disagree on others”:

Seriously. Your daughter gets insulted by Ingraham and all you can do as a father is that? She has a right to her “opinion”? When harpies like Ingraham personally insult her (calling her a “useful idiot“) , you say nothing? You have nothing to gain from the angry right. You are dead in the water politically after your failure last year. And you don’t even defend your own daughter. You, “sir,” are scum.

Then again, this is a man who publicly called his wife a c*nt and took cheap shots at Chelsea Clinton.

No surprises, then.


  1. #1 D. C. Sessions
    March 19, 2009

    Dunno ’bout yours, John, but in a cat fight I’m perfectly happy to draw a brew and watch my own daughter take care of herself. ‘Twasn’t always so, but she’s an adult and deserves to be treated like one.

    It’s easier now than it used to be to let them take bruises, but that’s partly because I’ve seen that they can get by without Daddy.

  2. #2 Patrick
    March 19, 2009

    But beyond letting her ‘take bruises’, McCain’s unwillingness to put down such utterly inappropriate attacks shows silent support for them. To lack the fortitude to even support a close family member against the sort of mean-spirited BS that destroyed his campaign…puts a lie to every time McCain purported to be some masculine figure. There is nothing ‘manly’ about McCain’s cowardice here.

  3. #3 D. C. Sessions
    March 19, 2009

    McCain’s unwillingness to put down such utterly inappropriate attacks shows silent support for them.

    I don’t buy that. None of us can fight every battle, and in some cases joining the fight does more harm than good.

    Again, “standing up for my little girl” actually detracts from the larger message that this is inappropriate regardless of the target. Especially if my baby is doing just fine on her own, which shows the world that she doesn’t need Daddy to come running. None of us know whether Senator McCain was on the phone telling her, “You go, girl!”

    Oh, and lest I be misunderstood: I actually doubt that he did, and I actually doubt that he would, and I profoundly doubt that his standing back in any way reflects respect for the strength and autonomy of an adult woman. I would certainly call him an ass, aside from the fact that it would be insulting to a hard-working animal species that has done a lot for ours.

    However, it’s quite possible to be an utter waste of skin and not be guilty of every nastiness under the Sun.

  4. #4 Badger3k
    March 19, 2009

    Remember McCain’s response to Georgie’s “Black Baby” bit back in 2000? Something like “That’s not nice.”

    He’s had a long history of sucking up to those who abuse him (and his family), so of course he won’t jeopardize his masochism. The man simply has no spine.

  5. #5 D. C. Sessions
    March 19, 2009

    The man simply has no spine.

    That’s not true. Give him that, he’s proven that he has a spine, but also that the only thing he believes in is John McCain.

    Like all mustelidae, he has a spine — it’s just very, very flexible.

  6. #6 Ray Errol Fox
    March 20, 2009

    “Let’s put it to rest once and for all—John McCain is not a nice guy. I doubt he ever was a nice guy. None of the multiple-personality John McCain’s are company you’d want to keep.”

    I’m quoting myself. I have two grown daughters, independent women who confidently know that to this day I’d do anything for them, starting with defending them against the pettiest of slights–from anyone. McCain’s cowardice where Meghan was (and still is) concerned disgusted me. But it didn’t surprise me.

    I have a lot more to say about “McNasty” (a schoolboy nickname!) at Hope you’ll take a look; think you’ll agree.

  7. #7 marilove
    March 20, 2009

    “like any family we agree on some things and disagree on others”:

    So what, exactly, D.C. Sessions does McCain “disagree with”? His daughter was just out-right insulted, and then she stood up for herslef … and he disagrees with, what, that she stood up to herself? That she isn’t fat? That she isn’t stupid, like that Laura woman inplied? Really?

    You’re defending that crap?

    It’d be different if he had said, “My daughter can fight her own battles!” But that is not what he said or implied.

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