Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Meghan McCain is Now Everywhere at Once, Forever and Ever. She Will Interpret Your Dreams, Fix the Economy, Change the Oil in Your Car, Etc., Etc.



Talk about wants to help but isn't needed. Meghan McCain is actually OK by me: likable, charming, engaging, and so on. It's nice that she's kinda preaching this unholy idea of "progressive conservatism," which is just hilarious as soon as you say it out loud. Try it! See what I mean? But Megs is adorable. She's one of those "squinky" girls I wrote about last year. Perky!

But anway, ENOUGH! Too much Meghan! Yes, she's darling, but let's face it, her thoughts on politics rarely plumb depths greater than "I just think we shouldn't be mean to each other." Power Player?? CNN, are you kidding? I seem to remember just a few weeks ago some otherwise serious journalist was asking Megs about Obama's stimulus plan, and I was totally all, like, OMG, why would you ask her about that? What kind of useful response are you seeking? And yet people keep putting her on TV and asking her questions about the most ridiculous stuff! Like she has anything to do with anything! It's like seeing Luci Johnson discussing disarmament or Chip Carter appearing on Meet the Press. Or, as Slate delightfully puts it, "Anyway, here's a clip of McCain on Larry King last night, talking about the Republican Party's lack of leadership and her support for gay marriage while wearing a giant hair bow."

It was totally cute when she was doing her blog, but WTF? Why is she everywhere?

UPDATE: Kathleen Parker tackles the same question in Wednesday's Washington Post, arrives at similar conclusions:

'Tis a fact that McCain has suddenly surged as a popular talk show guest. This happens when one says something provocative in a town where 400 producers are trying to plug 10,000 talking-head spots.

16 comments:

MuscleDaddy said...

Um...

Because any self-identified "Republican" who mocks, derides or otherwise bags on republicans/conservatives/conservatism/conservative-ideas, while maintaining a hopelessly-failed, historically familial trend of 'Mavrickiness' will automatically be given a national stage by the MSM?

Just a guess, there.

- MuscleDaddy

Princess Sparkle Pony said...

Just add "and is adorable" to the above, and, yes, it's pretty much a self-answering question, isn't it?

Akheloios said...

When you have such a completely polarised political system, then 'progressive conservative' accounts for exactly 25% of the vote.

It's an unfortunately fact, but until you extract the informed 75% progressive from the 25% regressive split of the populace from the 50% liberal 50% conservative split of the population, you won't get traction.

Madduane said...

She is everywhere because the GOP brainbank is that empty.

Can I just say...

Yippee!

Mike Licht said...

"progressive conservatism" is fashion-forward "compassionate conservatism."

Genevieve said...

I only tolerate Meghan because I have this wild hope that Cindy will jump into the interview or on-screen or something. Where is Cindy? Exactly. The world needs her to be everywhere, not her kid. Sheesh.

Rhode Island Rules said...

Um, yeah...a 24 year old power player only because her Mommy is filthy rich and her Daddy ran for Prez. If she was born to any other family would the media showcase her bleating? What gravitas does she possess that would make people listen to her every word? Mommy bought her a $700K condo in Phoenix for her graduation present. We are being subjected to opinions from a 24 year old "celebrity worshipper" (her own words today)who was given a condo worth more than most people's homes, who has no job experience that I know of and who was raised in a rather rarefied existence, why?

jflorek said...

Publicity Agent.

desertwind said...

So she doesn't have to get a real job?

Uhm... that's her "why".

As for the MSM (and The Daily Beast - has Cindy put money into that thing or what?) she's cute! That's it.

linus said...

awwwwwwwwww, c'mon you guys,cut poor megmac some slack, she's got nothing better to do and what else does the GOP have to look to? bobby jindal dissing more volcano monitoring? (see mt. redoubt)and, of course, she's adorable, and speaks in that sing-songy voice that leaves us all on the edge of our seat. oh, and don't forget, she's a maverick!

carol said...

She's on TV a lot because people are starting to become ill every time Mitch McConnel and Company are on. Really, I know better than to judge a person by their looks, but can't Mitch go buy himself chin? You'd think he'd at least grow a beard so he'd stop scaring little kids.

Alex said...

When I listened to her Larry King appearance, I had to rewind her answer to the first question three times to make sure I was hearing what I thought I heard. Sure enough, in complaining that there was no leader of the Republican party she actually said that there's no person who "totally antithesizes the future of the Republican party."

Like, that word totally antithesizes the meaning of what you think you're saying.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't Michael S. Steele antithesize the future of the Republican party? Let's hope so.

Anonymous said...

All I know is, the right-wing crazies over at Free Republic hate her. She gives them heartburn. Go, Meghan!

TeleFrank said...

she can go on as many shows as she wants to as long as she keeps on saying hairdressers should be able to get married. i just can't get enough of hearing that.

samael7 said...

I re-read the definition you posted of squinky and -iness. I still don't get the "Thynx" thing.

I can feel and see that the nose wants to wrinkle up when you try to say that. But I can't hear it.

Or, that is I can't hear it without the vowel being stretched out artifically. "Theeeeenx!" Very sorority girl.

And then I'm reminded of Madeline Kahn's character from Young Frankenstein before she's, um, molested by The Creature, c.f. her goodbye scene with Gene Wilder at the train station ("Taffeta, darling." "Taffeta, sweetheart!")and, more squinky, her good-night scene in her bedroom where she rebuffs Wilder again ("...in case I get the frights!").

And then I think I get it.