The Hot Line's Jennifer Skalka is even shocked by this exchange between Republicans, although she thinks it's more about the hatred konservatives have for John McCain which I disagree with. It's about Meghan calling out the nuts. I do agree with her that the GOP is losing the youth of America.
Skalka: I think it's all a little bit ugly and when it devolves into the talk of women's bodies. Women talking about other women's bodies, that's never a good thing.
I guess the term "compassionate conservative" is lost on Laura Ingraham. In a nasty rant against John McCain's daughter over Meghan's feelings about Ann Coulter and the lunatic fringe of the Republican Party, Ingraham attacked Meghan's weight.
MCCAIN (on MSNBC): And I think there's an extreme on both parties and I hate extreme. I don't understand. I have friends that are the most radically conservative and radically liberal people possibly ever and we all get along. We can find a middle ground.
INGRAHAM (mocking): Ok, I was really hoping that I was going to get that role in the Real World, but then I realized that, well, they don't like plus-sized models. They only like the women who look a certain way. And on this 50th anniversary of Barbie, I really have something to say
“It infuriates me,” she said. “I’m a political writer on a blog, and all of a sudden I’m too fat to write?” The View’s conservative co-host, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, called Ingraham’s remarks “a low blow.”
McCain said she felt like Tyra Banks when the model “went on her show in her bathing suit and said, ‘Kiss my fat ass.’” “That’s what I feel right now,” McCain said. “I’m like, ‘Kiss my fat ass!’”
Ingraham quickly responded to McCain once again on her show, telling McCain that she needs to learn to deal with satire and “teasing.”
I'm loving this I have to tell you. The kooky right wingers which have overtaken the GOP are really turning ugly.
I wonder how many "plus-sized models" call themselves members of the Republican Party? I think Laura lost a few fans.
John McCain made this odious joke about Chelsea Clinton back in '98.
Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno."
-- Sen. John McCain, speaking to a Republican dinner, June 1998.
Jon Perr has the history behind it.