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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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. Kat

    OMGosh ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 9, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. dave meccariello

    Meghan McCain has the potential to be a republican party leader (god knows they need one)

    March 9, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. howie


    Just as the First Amendment protects Coulter's right of free specch, so too does it protects Meghan's.

    Meghan McCain has every right to publicly state her disagreements with Coulter.

    March 9, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. Someone

    Valerie– yes, the first amendment does apply to Ann Coulter. But it also applies to Meghan McCain and her opinion of Coulter. (And to both your and my opinions of each of them).

    It always perplexes me when someone invokes the first amendment in an attempt to shut someone up. The whole PURPOSE of the first amendment is to allow people to publicly disagree about things that are important to them.

    March 9, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. Mickie

    She wasn't so "straight up" while her father was running. It's only because the republicans are falling behind that she is spouting criticism. Next she will be criticizing their leader, Rush Limbaugh, and we all know where that will get her (a good dressing down by Limbaugh).

    March 9, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Georgia Gal

    Now I'm wondering if Meghan voted for Obama or her dad??

    And with regards to Ann Coulter ... I completely agree!

    March 9, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. Former McCain supporter

    While I am not the "youth vote" any longer, I agree with the posters here. I was all for McCain in 2000. And I had hope for him in this election. But the 2000 McCain got thrown under the bus. The new McCain showed he would sacrifice all he was just to win the election. I voted in the Republican primary (Ron Paul) only to vote democrat during the election.

    March 9, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. joy

    Remember Meghan McCain was an independent voter before she switched over to Republican only for her father.

    March 9, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. Todd

    Yet again, Dems and the Liberal Media push another person with no relevance and no real power to the forefront of the news to keep any mention of what Obama and his boys aren't doing away from the limelight! Keep up CNN, great work!

    March 9, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Jared

    For once, a child of the GOP who honestly seems to have a clue and who can speak truthfully about Coulter.

    Good for you, girl! The vast majority of Americans agree with you on Coulter 100%.

    March 9, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Bill

    Amazing, this grown daughter of a failed GOP presidential candidate has refused to drink the GOP Kool-Aid. You go, girl! Ann and Rush must be furious. Cantor too.

    March 9, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Luke Brown

    Meghan McCain = not shrill, not extremist, not stupid.

    The Republican Party is hopeless and will never accept someone like her. She needs to be a Democrat where she could actually do some good.

    March 9, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. Ms. Johnson, Pearland,Texas

    Meghan is so right about Ann Coulter, and a lot of other things she has been saying. It will take her generation to bring this country together because as parents we taught them to think for themselves and it is coming to fruition.

    March 9, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. Janet Jacme

    Meghan should challenge her dad for his senate seat. She makes a lot more sense than Johnny does, that's for sure.

    Kudos for speaking the truth, Meghan.

    March 9, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. lola Planner, Houston, Texas

    Coulter is going to go for the jugular Meghan, don't let her get to you. You make sense, she doesn't.

    March 9, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. hopeful

    Meghan, if you are the future of the Republican party, then I think America really has a reason to celebrate. This country needs two viable parties again for this country to progress and at the moment, the Republicans do not have a very good reputation, mostly due to the partisan hate-mongering shock jocks like Rush and Coulter, who care more about ratings and endorsements than the betterment of the USA.

    March 9, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. CT Republican

    Like liberal father, like liberal daughter.
    Real conservatives have no use for either McCain.
    BTW, Megan- only the vapid care about how "edgy" the President is.

    March 9, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. Suzanne Ithaca NY

    But ... If Ann Coulter is gone, who will we watch smirk, flip her hair, and roll her eyes???

    Thanks, Meghan. Coulter just adds another drop of visceral repulsion for those of us who might otherwise be Republicans.

    March 9, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. S Callahan

    Good job Meghan...I totally agree.
    It's not even about having the 'hippest''s about someone who builds up and not tears down.

    March 9, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. simp

    This should be the republician leader, at least she's honest and not a lwo life snake like all the rest. Ann Coulter is nasty hateful person with the personality like hers and fat boy rush no wonder the repubs are in the shape their in, she awful.

    March 9, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. Joe

    That was awesome! It's so good to hear that out of a Republican.

    She should team up with Colin Powell to fight against the ignorant people that make up 98% of the Republican Party.

    March 9, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. Rubi

    Meghan, you are awesome!

    Thank you for your blunt honesty- it is much appreciated!

    March 9, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. STLouisGal

    Meghan, you are a smart, savvy young woman. It's nice to see a Republican stand up to the haters like Ann and Rush.

    March 9, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. Jim

    This Republican TOTALLY agrees with her. Coulter, Rush, and Sean are taking the party right off the cliff. Also, 80% of Americans favor embyonic stem cell research. When are the Republicans going to wake up and end the dominance of the right-wing loons?

    March 9, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. sense

    This is the REAL Maverick! Go girl, you have some common sense and speak the truth!

    March 9, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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