Monday, March 09, 2009

A McCain I can believe in: Meghan unloads on Coulter

By Michael J.W. Stickings

From CNN, it's our Quote of the Day:

I straight up don't understand this woman or her popularity. I find her offensive, radical, insulting, and confusing all at the same time... Maybe her popularity stems from the fact that watching her is sometimes like watching a train wreck.

The CNN post suggests that Meghan has problems with Coulter's "personality" rather than with her politics, but it's pretty clear that she rejects the "extreme thinking" of Coulter Republicans, of the conservatism on display at the CPAC insanitarium last week. (She added that Coulters followers are a "cult that cannot be denied.)

Meghan is still a Republican, to be sure, but she obviously doesn't like the direction her father's party has taken, and, to her credit, she is using her new platform at The Daily Beast to speak her mind. Let's hope we don't see her, like those Republicans who dared to challenge Dear Leader Rush, crawling back, grovelling, recanting, and begging for forgiveness and readmittance into the fold.

In lashing out at the extremist core of the Republican Party, Meghan is, in a way, being a good McCain, just like her father, who once upon a time did much the same. His maverick-ness was always more myth than reality, but it wasn't entirely an act. But John changed, hugging Bush, cozying up to the crazies, and pandering to the far right to secure their support for his presidential bid. Perhaps his daughter's similar independent streak, on display here, will prove to be more genuine.

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