March 9th, 2009
05:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Meghan McCain calls Ann Coulter 'offensive' and 'insulting'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/09/art.meghanmccain.gi.jpg caption="Meghan McCain takes aim at Ann Coulter in a new blog post."](CNN) - Fresh off public complaints about her own love life, Meghan McCain has a new target for her most recent gripes: conservative commentator Ann Coulter.

In a new blog post for the Daily Beast as Ann Coulter and HBO host Bill Maher are kicking off a week-long debate tour today in New York, McCain calls President Obama “the hippest politician around” and says being a Republican is “about as edgy as Donny Osmond.”

And she blasts Coulter for helping to “perpetuate negative stereotypes” about Republican women. “I straight up don’t understand this woman or her popularity,” says McCain. “I find her offensive, radical, insulting, and confusing all at the same time.”

She concedes that Coulter seems to be followed by a “cult that cannot be denied,” and was a popular headliner at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference, but adds that “when your competition is a teenager who has a dream about the Republican Party and Stephen Baldwin, it’s not really saying that much.”

It’s not Coulter’s politics, says McCain - it’s her personality. “Maybe her popularity stems from the fact that watching her is sometimes like watching a train wreck,” she says.

“…Where has our extreme thinking gotten us? President Bush will go down as one the least popular presidents in history. I constantly hear stories about Republicans who previously worked for President Bush and my father feeling ostracized, unable to get jobs in D.C. right now.”

This weekend, Meghan McCain’s father, Sen. John McCain, laughed off her recent complaints over her romantic difficulties, which she blamed on his 2008 presidential bid. "I'm proud of all my children,” he said on Fox News Sunday. “Sometimes they say things that I would not do or say — that's what young people are all about."


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  1. Meghan

    Perhaps a closet Democrat? No, more likely a Republican with some sense. Hard to find these days. I wonder if she can survive in a party of hate and intolerance. The repugs claim to be Christian. I don't profess to know what Jesus would do, but for some reason it does not sound like wha the Christian right stands for.

    March 9, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Political Bozo

    Meghan sounds smarter than her old man.

    March 9, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Beverly, NYC

    Wow, Megan, never thought I would agree with you. For many years I too have wondered what Coulter's appeal is. The woman is shrill and mean without cause. I find her boot straps rhetoric difficult to take from someone making 7 figures for writing books. Don't get me started on Rush, Mr 38 million a yr, drives around in $450,000 maybach, west palm compound with 5 houses, 3 times divorced, now living with a woman 27 yrs younger, yet he thinks he can tell me how to live. But their follwers eat them up! I see through Rush, Coulter and their ilk, all their rhetoricis about not having their way of life threatened. God forbid they have to budget! Always easier to go from poor to Rich, than the other direction.

    March 9, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Mary Ellen

    Good for Meghan. So glad she's speaking up and calling out vile people like Coulter. Coulter is so full of hate it's scary

    March 9, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. dave

    Wow... a republican who will actually admit to mistakes and criticise one of their own?!? Whats going on here..... am I on candid camera??

    March 9, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    I wonder if Meghan, will share her thoughts on....

    RUSH LIMBAUGH, I really would like to hear
    her take on this DISGUSTING BLOWHARD!

    I have a sneaking suspicion, that Meghan McCain
    is keeping herself in front and center of the media,
    and the people, because.......maybe she is looking
    to a future in Politics?

    March 9, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. tech124

    Great job Megan. You seem to have your head on your shoulder and should be considered as the next leading woman in the Republican Party. I would like to see that happen

    March 9, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Ruth

    go girl!

    March 9, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Will in Montgomery

    This young lady seems to have well thought out opinions and ideas about American politics today. If she and people like her become the face of the Republican Party, then they might deserve a second look.

    March 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. Ellen

    I find Meghan refreshing and at the age of 47 agree with her. It is not wisdom of youth; it is unobstructed honesty with courage to speak. The Republican Party is pathetic right now. They do not know what to do or which way to go. Constantly throwing one minority after another to the lime-light in hopes that they too can claim "Change." The problem is not in Republican theory; it is in its current representation. For capitalism to work, each has to believe they can achieve. The dream has to be reborn. Papa Obama won on the promise of providing. That is not the American way! We like to fight, strive and grow-not sit, worship leadership and collect. Republicans made Obama's platform possible because they forgot who they serve and what it means to be a guardian of capitalism and the American way.

    March 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Omnibus_short_bus

    Wingnuts.

    Eating each other faster than a pack of hyenas.

    Great entertainment, hope they can keep up the pace!

    March 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. EBJ

    uh oh not only did she blast AC she said something nice about Obama as well. You best be careful girl you're going to find yourself on a right wing blacklist if you don't watch out.

    March 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. KLS

    I like Meghan McCain. This young woman is saving what a lot of Republicans are afraid to say.

    March 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. KMAN

    It very obvious ... IF there is a Maverick in the McCain clan ... it's Megan. She's a lot more of a straight-shooter than her father ever was, but she has no future in following in her father's footsteps as she is far too honest ... and I'm starting to think ... far too intelligent to label herself a true republican.

    March 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. liz

    Megan – you rock. Keep making sense and your opportunities are endless. This is coming from a Democrat. Use your youthfulness to inspire - not tear down people, as you have already recognized. What a great spirit in the Republican party - finally.

    March 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. IndependentfromTexas.

    Meghan, go for the truth and say as it is. Next Rush and then Sean Hannity who want U.S. to fail so they can get power. You are talking sense and you need to keep doing that more and more. Keep the extremists and fundamentalists (i.e., Coulter, Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly and other KKK members) out of political arena. Just like they have rights you have rights too to slam them (hello Valerie?? you are nuts like coulter)

    March 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Tony

    Wow, a Republican with thoughts of reality? Could this be possible?

    March 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. Debi

    I get the feeling Meghan voted for Obama.

    At least someone in the republican party gets it. Hate does not do the party any justice.

    March 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. Randy, San Francisco

    Meghan is one smart cool young lady. Will she be the face of the new Republican Party?

    March 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. Corey W

    Well said Meghan!

    March 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. Carla

    Shocking...Meghan is a just liberal hiding in sheep's clothing. If she thinks Coulter is radical and not Obama..she's clueless. Coulter is right and often the truth is offensive. Meghan needs to read a book or two and the media needs to stop giving her political credibility!

    March 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. ule

    Senator John McCain, you owe it to the American people and the world that this gifted Young daughter of yours is developed along line she is toeing now to help lead the world. If you understand what i am talking about, she may be a better world leader than you are. We need her in the white house.

    March 9, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  23. Kevin McLeod

    Women are going to save the Republican party. Meghan is asking why is some ultra annoying person our spokesperson and Bristol Palin states that one of the most Republican mantras (the no sex for teens campaign) is unrealistic and doesn't work. They seem like simple observation of the blantantly obvious, but with the Republican party seemingly married to the Coulter-Limbaugh train wreck, it's a bold, big step. Steele needs to give these ladies a call before wimping out next time.

    March 9, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. Van

    Wow Jim... you are so brainwashed by the "bad" republicans like Rush and Anne that anyone that criticizes them probably voted for Obama in your mind... even if that person is McCAIN'S DAUGHTER.

    I think you need a vacation from politics buddy.

    March 9, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    Hi there folks,

    I wonder if Meghan, will share her thoughts on....

    RUSH LIMBAUGH, I really would like to hear
    her take on this DISGUSTING BLOWHARD!

    I have a sneaking suspicion, that Meghan McCain
    is keeping herself in front and center of the media,
    and the people, because.......maybe she is looking
    to a future in Politics?

    I won't be too surprised, to see more of Meghan
    in the future!

    March 9, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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