Meghan McCain appeared this morning on ABC’s “This Week” with Christiane Amanpour. I’m not a fan of Ms. McCain’s and my first instinct when I see her on television is to turn it off. However, something she said actually made sense and I was surprised to find myself in agreement with her.
McCain was criticizing the Republican Senate candidate from Delaware, Christine O’Donnell. She referred to her as a “nut-job,” among other things, in a roundtable discussion on whether O’Donnell is fit to run for office.
“My problem is that, no matter what, Christine O’Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office,” McCain said on Sunday. “She has no real history, no real success in any kind of business.”
Can’t argue with her there. O’Donnell is certainly making a mockery of running for office. She’s also made a mockery of herself. From her past appearances with Bill Maher on “Politically Incorrect” criticizing masturbation and pre-marital sex, her own “experiments” with witchcraft, “dabbling” in Hare Krishna and Buddhism, to her disbelief of evolution, but belief in cloning of mice with human brains.
While she may have no experience in business, she certainly seems to know how to make a quick buck out of being famous for no other reason than being famous for running for office. (Just like Meghan McCain, minus the running for office part.)
Continuing the attack, McCain added that “what [O'Donnell's success] sends to my generation is: one day you can just wake up and run for Senate, no matter how [much of] a lack of experience you have. And it scares for me for a lot of reasons. I just know, in my group of friends, it turns people off because she’s seen as a nutjob.”
A “turn off” in your group. Really Meghan? To the “group” of us living in the real world, it’s a lot more than a “turn off.” It’s a horror show.
About that little matter of “making a mockery of running for public office” McCain speaks of? Yes, that does seem to be the latest trend these days, where one “just wakes up and decides to run for office” and run, they do. No matter that they have absolutely no qualifications and no knowledge of what that office is for, much less how to govern. Just make it up as you go along! Everybody’s doing it!
Let me think, when exactly did this become a trend, or become “vogue” as Meghan might say?
Well, I believe that would have been back when “Daddy” McCain just woke up and decided to pick Sarah Palin as a running mate in a last-ditch effort to save himself while he continued to make a mockery of running for President one last time.
And thanks to John McCain, we’ve been stuck with Palin ever since. Sarah Palin is the gift that keeps on giving. She seems to be the sleeping beast that woke an entire fringe of borderline nuts who think merely breathing or being over 18 is a qualification to run for office.
It’s similar to the old practice of experts as guests on the Sunday news shows that has given way to guests who have an agenda or celebrities who fancy themselves as experts because of who their parents are. “Experts” who find themselves shocked, shocked! that “nut-jobs” like Christine O’Donnell would dare to think they could run, and win a Senate seat.
Does that ring a bell Meghan?