When Amanda Marcotte posted semi-approvingly of John McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain a few days ago, I figured it was just some kind of random aberration:
I wish there was a way to do an intervention on Meghan McCain. If you’re guessing, yes, she’s the daughter of John and Cindy McCain and, as a grown woman, she’s out there stumping for her dad. And, well, I kind of like her. If her blog wasn’t ostensibly to get her war-mongering, corporatist, anti-choice father into office, I’d probably be a fan.
But now, M. Leblanc at BitchPhD is doing the same thing:
Okay, she’s kickass, except for this whole part:
“I’m an Independent. Socially liberal, economically conservative. I believe in a lot of Republican ideals, with the war being the number one thing I completely agree with my dad on.”
Come on, Meghan, if you’re going to disagree with your dad about one goddamn thing, the war would be an excellent choice.
I get that they’re both criticizing her for supporting and campaigning for her father. But they sure are treating her awfully fucking gently, as if she’s some kind of prisoner in her father’s campaign, and if she were only free, she’d be guest-blogging at Pandagon and BitchPhD.
I really don’t understand why she’s getting all this love from progressive female bloggers. Maybe it’s because she puts a slightly friendlier face on than the usual patently demented drooling sick-fuck right-wing apologists for patriarchy, theocracy, oligarchy, and military empire.
Why progressive bloggers are letting themselves be played like this by John McCain’s demented wackaloon right-wing propaganda machine–within which Meghan McCain is playing a role designed to elicit exactly these kinds of reactions from the left–is totally beyond me. I mean Amanda Marcotte was waxing poetical about how cool the music Meghan McCain listens to is. Are you fucking kidding me?
If McCain really believed any of the happy horseshit she is assumed so approvingly to believe, she wouldn’t be campaigning for her father. She’s just another despicable enabler of the right-wing destruction of everything decent in the world. As far as I’m concerned, she can go fuck herself.
(I respect Amanda and M.Leblanc very much, and I am leery of criticizing them publicly like this. Virtually every time I read their shit, I’m all like, “Well fuck, that’s totally fucking right! I wish I could write that fucking well!” But this time I think they’re both
a little off the mark totally fucking out of their minds.)