On Sunday, John McCain’s daughter-turned-pundit Meghan McCain dropped a now-infamous dis of Delaware Senatorial candidate–and staunch conservative–Christine O’Donnell.
“Well, I speak as a 26-year-old woman and my problem is that, no matter what, Christine O’Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office,” McCain told anchor Christiane Amanpour. “She has no real history, no real success in any kind of business….I just know, in my group of friends, it turns people off because she’s seen as a nutjob.”
Among many other problems here (as Doug Powers noted for Michelle Malkin, “In that case, O’Donnell should forget about the Senate and run for President”), is a fact nobody else seems to have noticed:
Meghan McCain is 25, not 26. Her birthday is October 23. What does this mean? Either she doesn’t know her own age or she figured her bithday was only a week away, so she decided to go ahead and bump up her age a year.
Really? Who does this after third grade? She wants to be taken seriously as a political commentator, but she’s introducing her remarks with the equivlent of, “I’m seven and three-fourths years old! It’s almost like I’m eight!”
That should tell us all we need to know about the maturity of Meghan McCain.
Dear Senator McCain:
First of all, thank you for your long service to your country. Your heroism in war and your career as a leader distinguish you in the hearts of your fellow citizens.
However, none of those things guarantee that anything done in the present will automatically be the right choice. Surely you must be aware that many, if not most, American conservatives have strong reservations about much of your political record, especially some of your most recent legislation and the manner in which you campaigned for president last year.
Your failed presidential campaign resulted in the election of Barack Obama, who in just over half a year has drastically altered the shape and scope of our government, by already spending more than every other president combined, by nominating a host of radicals to positions without real accountability, and by seizing the reigns of such fundamental areas of private life as commerce and health care.
Despite such scary changes, you have continued in “town hall” appearances over the summer to compliment and even cheer this president, just as you often did–to the consternation of your party’s base–during last year’s campaign. That irresponsibly inappropriate friendliness was just one of many, many things so critically wrong with your campaign that it was a foregone conclusion long before November that you would lose. And yet you continued on in this manner, ignoring the chorus of voices urging you to fight, to represent the desperate cries for help you heard along the campaign trail.
In short, your stubborn cluelessness as a presidential candidate enabled Barack Obama to win.
That’s why, Senator McCain, I am asking you to apologize to the American people for running for president.