Background to the letter here: short version is that my friend and RedState colleague won the Internet last week by creating a perfect parody of Meghan McCain’s frankly incoherent writing style. It was so perfectly and wonderfully functionally illiterate, in fact, that McCain had her lawyer send out a cease-and-desist letter; too many people really and truly thought that she had written it, you see.
By the way, Meghan? What the hell did the comma ever do to you, that you continuously torture it so?
Anyway, here’s the letter in question. Take a gander at who it’s addressed to – which should tell you everything that you need to know about the intellectual capacity of Team Meghan. Or its collective facility at doing research. Or its inherent ability to come in out of the rain, apparently.
What annoys me about this Meghan McCain article (via here) is not that I feel the urge to get a red pen (or perhaps an old priest and a young priest*). Coherent writing on the Internet is not… precisely unknown; but neither is it particularly reliable. You have to accept that there are a lot of people out there who cannot really write. Some of them do so for an audience. Insanely, some of them even get paid.
No, the annoying bit is that there’s an actual point in McCain’s essay, crying in the dark because it’s surrounded by slightly oozy fluff: Sarah Palin is manipulating the New Media paradigm in a fashion that not even Obama has, or possibly even can. Continue reading Meghan McCain on THAT WOMAN.
My RS colleague Leon Wolf seriously did not like Meghan McCain’s new book:
On June 20, 2002, the United States Supreme Court decreed, in the case of Atkins v. Virginia, that the mildly mentally retarded were categorically exempt from capital punishment, reasoning that fully functional adults of diminished mental capacity were as a matter of law not as culpable for their acts. Writing eloquently in dissent, Justice Scalia drew a sharp distinction between the severely mentally retarded (who are truly not responsible for their actions), and the merely stupid (the category into which Mr. Atkins undoubtedly fell). Scalia argued forcefully that, with respect to the merely stupid, at least sometimes they deserve to be punished for their antisocial and destructive behavior.
This article, of course, is not about capital punishment. It is a book review of Dirty, Sexy Politics by Meghan McCain.
…and it just went downhill/uphill from there.
Moe Lane Continue reading #rsrh Oh, this will smart just a bit…
I’ve mostly ignored the shenanigans of Meghan McCain, but this latest bit sparked a response from Allahpundit that I want to highlight:
…this whole line of attack demonstrates how fundamentally she misunderstands why so many “far right” Republicans don’t like her. As I think I’ve said before, McCain’s really no further towards the center than I am; she supports gay marriage, as do I, and she’s conventional on most other core conservative issues (guns, abortion, religion). And yet the base hates her while they, errrrr, tolerate me. Why is that? If the “old guard” of right-wingers is so retrograde, how does a wayward atheist like me end up co-blogging at one of the biggest righty blogs in America? Simple answer: I spend most of my time challenging the left while Meggie Mac spends hers challenging the right, so I have a certain baseline credibility on our side that she has yet to establish.
Well, I’m not an atheist, and I have a better relationship with my RS readers than Allahpundit has with his HA ones – but his basic point is one that I share. I’m openly for allowing same-sex marriage, and by a lot of people’s definitions I’m ‘pro-amnesty;’ I’ve even been known to remark that we could increase the budget for the National Endowment for the Arts. But what I’m not is someone who’s into kicking say, social conservatives in the shin for the sake of kicking social conservatives in the shin: firstly, because they usually don’t deserve it; and secondly, because it’s neither good manners nor good political sense. I don’t expect the groups that I do mock and go after to love me for it*, but I can expect at least respectful attention from the ones that I merely disagree with. Continue reading L’Affaire Meghan McCain.