Meghan McCain: Coulter is 'offensive, radical, insulting, and confusing all at the same time'
Update at bottom: Coulter blows off McCain's criticism
Now that the dust has just begun to settle after last week's battle royale between Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele and radio host Rush Limbaugh, the last thing the party would want is another internecine feud.
But here it comes anyway.
On a column written just before conservative pundit Ann Coulter sets out on a highly publicized debate tour with comic Bill Maher, the daughter of the Republican party's last presidential candidate says that promoting her "as the face of the Republican Party is a recipe for disaster."
According to the twenty-four-year-old Meghan McCain, who only recently registered with the GOP, "certain individuals continue to perpetuate negative stereotypes about Republicans."
"Especially Republican women. Who do I feel is the biggest culprit? Ann Coulter," McCain writes in a Daily Beast blog.
McCain continues, "I straight up don’t understand this woman or her popularity. I find her offensive, radical, insulting, and confusing all at the same time. But no matter how much you or I disagree with her, the cult that follows Coulter cannot be denied. She is a New York Times best-selling author and one of the most notable female members of the Republican Party. She was one of the headliners at the recent CPAC conference (but when your competition is a teenager who has a dream about the Republican Party and Stephen Baldwin, it’s not really saying that much)."
"Coulter could be the poster woman for the most extreme side of the Republican Party," McCain argues. "And in some ways I could be the poster woman for the opposite. I consider myself a progressive Republican, but here is what I don’t get about Coulter: Is she for real or not?"
McCain piles on: "Are some of her statements just gimmicks to gain publicity for her books or does she actually believe the things she says? Does she really believe all Jewish people should be “perfected” and become Christians? And what was she thinking when she said Hillary Clinton was more conservative than my father during the last election? If you truly have the GOP’s best interests at heart, how can you possibly justify telling an audience of millions that a Democrat would be a better leader than the Republican presidential candidate?"
McCain says that "even after losing the election, I find myself more drawn to GOP ideals and wanting to fight for the party’s resurgence. And if figureheads like Ann Coulter are turning me off, then they are definitely turning off other members of my generation as well."
McCain's column has already started to take off online.
So far, Coulter's website is silent on the matter. But there's probably very little chance that the often combative and caustic Coulter will just ignore it.
"McCain said she'll be in New York tonight for Coulter's debate with Bill Maher," Politico's Michael Calderone notes. "Will Coulter respond on stage?"
Coulter blows off McCain's criticism
Perhaps realizing that battling a fellow Republican would serve her party little good, Coulter blew off Meghan McCain's criticism Monday night.
Politico notes that during Coulter's Radio City performance with Maher, "moderate Mark Halperin brought up Meghan McCain’s swipes of Coulter on The Daily Beast from earlier in the day" but that "Coulter said it didn’t bother her."
"Surprisingly, I'm not upset," she deadpanned, according to The New York Post.
However, the New York tabloid adds, "Maher, asked if he agreed that Coulter was just as McCain described, quipped: 'Yes, to all four.'"
Full McCain blog at this link
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