First, Rush Limbaugh said he wanted President Obama to fail. Then, GOP Chairman Michael Steele challenged Limbaugh, but later backed down. Steele then says to GQ Magazine that he would accept an invitation to work in a bi-partisan fashion with President Obama, even though Steele does not believe in bi-partisanship, and believes in a woman's right to choose, bringing on the wrath of the right.
Now, Meghan McCain, after criticizng Ann Coulter's divisive rhetoric, was called a fat Valley Girl by the other GOP blond bomshell, Laura Ingraham. After McCain hit the talk show circuit responding to Ingraham, Laura replied with this nugget on her home web site:
"Memo to Meghan McCain: Enjoy the media coverage while it lasts, but know you're being used. You are the flavor of the month in left-wing media land because you are a Republican bashing the GOP. Likewise, your dad is most popular among the same people when he is slamming his Republican brethren in full-blown "maverick" fashion. At least he backs up his views with a lifetime of sacrifice and public service. What is Ms. McCain's own political, business, or real-world experience that lends credibility to her argument that the GOP needs to "moderate" (read: abandon its core principles)?
Now the Left is seizing on one satirical line from our show to paint Meghan as the victim of a right-wing hate crime. This comes from the same playbook responsible for the ongoing demonization of Rush Limbaugh -- where his take on President Obama's economic policies are misrepresented as some kind of attack on America. Their goal is to malign outspoken conservatives (specifically in talk radio) as members of a radical fringe movement whose right to free speech is questionable at best.
The left's indignation in this instance is manufactured and totally phony. If any off-the-cuff remark about a woman's size was condemnable, then where was the outrage when President Obama made a passing reference to Jessica Simpson's "weight battle" during his Super Bowl interview with Matt Lauer? And of course they look the other way when obvious personal attacks are levied against conservatives. Remember when Al Franken was the toast of all media for his book "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot"? Last month The View's Joy Behar called him a "fat guy"; and when I was a guest on The View a few years back she ridiculed Ann Coulter and me as "peroxide" blondes on Fox. I laughed it off. If you can't stand the heat...get out of the punditry business.
Next time, just for fun, Meghan should pretend that she's had a change of heart and is now a pro-life conservative. Then she'll really see how the Mean Girls treatment feels."
Hmmm....so the recent GOP implosion is part of a vast Left-wing conspiracy designed by the media elite to destroy conservative free speech? Well, if it is a conspiracy, then you have fallen into the trap perfectly, especially with your desire to be heard on the hottest microphone you can find. Here is a tip, when you write books, appear on talk shows, host radio shows and grant interviews, people will pay attention to what you say. Some folks will agree with you and some will be offended.
So basically it is not a conspiracy on any front, it is human nature at play. The conservative movement since President Reagan has used this factor to their political advantage. Now, a new generation of liberals are mastering what they have learned from their conservative brethren and the tables have turned. They have effective messengers and are fighting back, much the same as the conservatives did in the 1980's.
When Hillary Clinton claimed there was a vast Right-wing conspriracy, conservatives painted her as paranoid and not ready for prime time. Now, when the other shoe drops, the conservatives are now playing the paranoid card. I have to admit, it is kind of cool to see those who have made their careers criticizing the left with derogatory, divisive commentary getting hit with those same bombs, especially from within.
However, it should be a wake-up call to all of us that we should not allow these entertainers on either side to play us. We can laugh at Jon Stewart (my favorite) or Laura Ingraham if our sensibilites find something humorous, but it should be because we have defined our political thought, established our political self-determination. It is entertainment after all.
The danger is when these entertainers think they are more of a player in the process than what they should be. These lines should not be blurred anymore. In other words, the court jesters should not be running the kingdom. President Obama and GOP Chair Steele are the leaders of their respective political parties, their opinions and strategies should define the political debate in America.
Meghan McCain versus Laura Ingraham makes for great entertainment, not effective political strategy. No conspiracy needs to be contrived to understand that.