March 17th, 2009
11:55 AM ET
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Ingraham to Meghan McCain: You’re a ‘useful idiot’

 Meghan McCain and Laura Ingraham are in a war of words.

Meghan McCain and Laura Ingraham are in a war of words.

(CNN) –– Laura Ingraham is calling Meghan McCain a "useful idiot" and a "flavor of the month" - the latest salvo in the war of words between the conservative radio host and the daughter of former Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

"Memo to Meghan McCain: Enjoy the media coverage while it lasts, but know you're being used," writes Ingraham, in a blog post titled "'USEFUL IDIOT' WATCH." "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.

Ingraham says liberals are taking a single satirical comment out of context "to paint Meghan as the victim of a right-wing hate crime" and "malign outspoken conservatives."

The radio host mocked McCain on her show last week over comments urging Republicans to seek compromise with Democrats. She referred to McCain “a Valley Girl gone awry” and a “plus-sized model.”

Ingraham calls the furor over her remark "manufactured and totally phony."

"This comes from the same playbook responsible for the ongoing demonization of Rush Limbaugh," she writes.

"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?" she asked, referring to a headline the president noted on a magazine cover during his interview with the NBC anchor.

Ingraham pointed to digs Rush Limbaugh has gotten over his weight, and references to herself and Ann Coulter as "peroxide blondes."

(Update: John McCain responds after the jump)

"I laughed it off. If you can't stand the heat...get out of the punditry business," she writes. "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."

Meghan McCain has taken aim at both Ingraham and Coulter over the past week during a media blitz that's included blog posts and appearances on network television.
On The View yesterday, she said she felt like model Tyra Banks, who “went on her show in her bathing suit and said, ‘Kiss my fat ass.’”

“That’s what I feel right now,” McCain said. “I’m like, ‘Kiss my fat ass!’”

Update: In a Tuesday afternoon interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Twitter, Sen. John McCain repeated what seems to be his standard response to his daughter's string of headline-grabbing statements. "I'm proud of my daughter and she has a right to her opinions," he said, adding that "like any family we agree on some things and disagree on others."


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  1. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    This is just for ratings, if McCain was smart, she was would just concede honorably from this "war of words", and let ingraham take this one. Don't let the media use for their own gain. Don't be another tool.

    March 17, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. P. D.

    Ingraham should be ashamed of herself! Does the Republican Party think women will vote for them if they attack people like this? What about Rush Limbaugh? Is he amune to critisism about his weight? "A useful idiot." Laura Ingraham doesn't have to worry about Megan maligning the Republican Party. Ingraham is doing a great job herself.

    March 17, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. PATC

    She is mad at anybody that didn't bow down at the alter of her father. Plus she is becoming a mouthpiece of the liberal media giving her a place of power in the Repub camp. Hasn't she learned that these people worshipped her father but once he got the Repub. nod he went right under the Straight Talk Express Bus.

    March 17, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Cat fight. I love the infighting going on within the republican ranks. They are so lost, they have to make news to get attention. I'm sure John McCain put his daughter up to this so take the attention off of the downfall of the republican party.

    March 17, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. buckeye

    I don't recall the Democrats having a similar childish food-fight after we lost in 2004.

    This is just hilarious...keep it up Republicans!

    March 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. Joel

    "At least he backs up his views with a lifetime of sacrifice and public service."

    Quick, someone google the definitions of "straw man" and "ad hominem" and email them to Ingraham!

    March 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Dee G. - CT Voter

    It seems to me that Ms. Ingraham ought to take a look in the mirror before calling ANYONE an idiot! Because in this woman's opinion – SHE is thew biggest idiot of all!

    March 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. Predictable

    "This comes from the same playbook responsible for the ongoing demonization of Rush Limbaugh," Ingraham writes.

    How can you demonize Satan? Doesn't Satan "demonize" everyone else? This Laura person seems to be getting dumber by the minute.

    March 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. Jennifer

    Good for Meghan McCain. I may not agree with all of her views, but at least she's standing up for herself and engaging in discussion instead of blindly accepting everything she's told Republicans should believe. The Republican party needs more reasonable people like her to discuss their views instead of far right wing people like Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Laura Ingraham.

    March 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. katiec

    Am so tired of reading about and headlines on the right wing media. Anyone of intelligence knows they are out to get attention and will use any means to get it. And, anyone that disagrees with them are unAmerican and idiots.
    CNN, how about reporting on what is important to the American people? You have become a gossip column, well, guess that is a break from your bias for the right wing. Have learned not to expect
    any integrity from you.

    March 17, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. HelloooOOOOO

    sounds like to me this is ALL manufactured and phoney, anything to take peoples mind off what republicans are still NOT doing ! which is co-operating instead of being the party of NO

    March 17, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. Jilli

    Isn't there anything – anything at all – more newsworthy than these two nitwits?

    March 17, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Ray Fisher

    The last thing our nation needs is a Republican Catfight!! My lord these folk are hell bent on fiddling while Rome burns!!!

    March 17, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. O'BAMA '12

    OH Meghan – You know you voted for Obama! (...and that goes the same for Jenna Bush 😉

    March 17, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. Nomoreloonyleft

    You go, Laura. Keep exposing the liberal hypocrisy and double-standard. Liberal loonies hate nothing more than an intelligent conservative woman.

    March 17, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. Dorothy Fraser

    Well, it takes one to know one.

    March 17, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. NC=blue in 08

    Laura Ingraham is just trying to raise her profile. She said she didn't even know you - most people don't. Write a hate-mongering best-seller like the evil Ann Coulter to become better known, Laura! You are such a joke.

    Also, did I hear Meghan say that Obama's comment on Jessica Simpson was appropriate? I didn;t hear it, but Ingraham is acting like Meghan would have a double standard about this.

    March 17, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. stickyideas

    Winston Churchill:

    "You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life."

    Hang in there, Megan.

    March 17, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. Cecil

    What is wrong with these people?

    March 17, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. ETM

    Memo to Laura Ingraham and her right-wing cohorts on talk radio: You are absolutely useless idiots.

    March 17, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. Mark Raleigh

    Limbaugh, Coulter, and Ingraham are a major part of the reason the GOP is in the toilet right now.

    Their extremist views put American society back a hundred years, at least.

    Racists, bigots, and hate mongers who want to cram their own twisted religious beliefs down other people's throats.

    The rapidly changing demographics of the USA will continute to push these fringe extremists into a sick minority.

    March 17, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Monica

    Sarah Palin/ Meghan McCain 2012

    March 17, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. Angelo

    Great. Now we have these two blondes destroying the Grand Ol Party. One thing Obama was successful at was bringing our party to our knees and let these bozos have a cat fight.

    Listen you two: No one cares about you two in the Party. Stop using our party names in vain! Go form your Feminist party or something.

    March 17, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. Ron In California

    Girls stop it.! Laura, you keep playing into the hans of the left wingers yourself by continuing to comment. Megan take it for what it is... talk radio air time. Both of you get over it.

    March 17, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. Julia Byrd- Hayden Idaho

    Laura Ingram is toast, she is a virtual idiot. She does not represent any self-respecting woman, she is just jealous of Meghan, and her eyes are getting greener as we speak

    March 17, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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