Exclusive Audio: 'Progressive' Meghan McCain, January 2010: 'Tea Party Fringe' will Fizzle
Meghan McCain went on MSNBC's "Politics Nation" with Al Sharpton to whine about how Republicans don't like her because she's a "moderate Republican." "Many people in the Republican party treat me like I'm a freak... mutant," she lamented. She claimed that an extremist, hateful far-right excludes her because of all of her hip, young, moderate views. She shared Sharpton's view that she represents a new voting block of young women who won't be interested in the "scary" party that has developed. But Meghan McCain hasn't always been a "moderate" Republican. In January 2010, she was a "progressive" one.
On January 27th, 2010 Meghan McCain gave a speech at the University of Florida talking about the need for reform in the Republican party, and promoting her book "Dirty, Sexy Politics." At that time, McCain was a "progressive Republican." And yes, she came up with that term all by herself (so she claimed). Breitbart News has the exclusive audio of her explaining an "all by myself" progressive Republican:
"As some of you may be aware, ever since the Presidential election, I have become a target of the far-right myself. This is because I have the temerity to consider myself a progressive Republican. I'm a Republican who just doesn't agree with all the facets of our party line. But why am I not allowed to challenge this? Why am I not allowed to wonder and dream of how I might build a better tomorrow for all of us and be vocal about it? Where the hell did the notion of free speech go, even in the confines of the Republican party? I actually had to come up with the term 'progressive Republican' all by myself -- but not because there aren't others out there like me. No, I know there are lots of us around because I read your thoughts, your tweets and your feedback at my day job at The Daily Beast."
Although McCain has evolved into a "moderate Republican," her views on gay marriage haven't evolved into anything else--and she still manages to mention that in almost every painful segment she's assigned on MSNBC. What's ironic about McCain's views is how she classifies those who don't agree with her on things like gay marriage. At that same speech McCain said "...there are some people, especially in religion, who just can't deal with it." Later, when an attendee said that she was going to register Republican but didn't agree with her conservative family on some issues, McCain interrupted and asked if they were social issues. "Pretty much," the attendee replied. "It's such a generational thing, I find," McCain responded. "[People who are] literally growing up having gay friends, which I did, like, totally changes the way you look at the situation."
You see, gay people were invented in the 80s.
McCain makes most of her living whining about why people don't like her. She often claims that Republicans don't take her seriously because she's young, swears, has big boobs, and wears pants bigger than a size six. The problem with Meghan McCain is that she claims to speak for a youthful generation of Republicans and women (like me) and with that constant refrain she approaches issues, like the one above, with the intellectual depth of a teaspoon.
McCain claims that people who agree with her do it for superficial reasons, and yet she freely puts those who disagree with her in the same boxes. They're old and just don't know any gay people, like she does. Or they just "can't deal with it" because of their religion. What's even more hilarious is in the the same speech where she asked "what the hell happened to free speech," she said that Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Laura Ingraham needed to be "piped down a notch."
It's apparently never occurred to McCain that someone could have an intellectual basis for disagreeing with her and besides, it's much easier to blame old people. By Meghan McCain's brilliant analysis, it looks like a fierce block of old religious people were mobilized in California to vote down Prop. 8.
The brilliant analysis that MSNBC pays for doesn't end there. McCain also predicted the future of the "Tea Party fringe" in January of 2010.
McCain told the students at the University of Florida that the "Tea Party fringe" didn't really "impress" her. "My bet is... that these people are not as relavant as they say they are." Explaining the power of the the conservative movement she said "my father would be President right now if they were really that powerful."
Yeah, that Tea Party fringe-thing just kinda fizzled out in 2010.
It's no surprise that with the type of insider political knowledge McCain has demonstrated over the past two years that she was dumbfounded when asked to present analysis (you know, like she's paid to do) when Sharpton asked about the Republican party supposedly making a shift to the far-right. "I wish I knew more where it came from," she said. "Because I don't understand the popularity of people like Michelle Malkin and Andrew Breitbart and people that sort of exacerbate on people's fears."
Remember, McCain is talking about "hate politics" and "people that... exacerbate on people's fears" to Al Sharpton. The number of people murdered because of Andrew Breitbart and Michelle Malkin speeches = zero. The number of people brutally hunted down and killed because of Al Sharpton's "exacerbations" = greater than zero.
McCain spent an entire segment on speaking to the "hate politics" that exists on the "extreme" right without addressing one of the most hateful people ever to exist in politics (who has a violent track record) sitting across the table from her.
McCain did have one good insight in her Sharpton interview: She concluded that she "works for [MSNBC] for a reason."
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