March 17th, 2009
11:55 AM ET
13 years ago

Ingraham to Meghan McCain: You’re a ‘useful idiot’

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" 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. Bill

    So if you criticize any of these radio retards, that means you are a liberal. Just like if you opposed Bush's insane war, that means you are a liberal. These people need help. God bless Meghan McCain for standing up to their warped belief system.

    People don't need to demonize Rush Limbaugh. He did it to himself when he mocked a Parkinson's sufferer.

    March 17, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Peejay

    At least Meghan is useful – she isn't afflicted with tunnel vision.

    March 17, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Renee

    Why do conservative women always sound like such jerks? And i meant to use another word there. 🙂

    March 17, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Chris

    Don't mistake Meghan for anything other than a True Blue Conservative. The leading edge vanguard of the conservative hate machine doesn't like to be called out by one of their own. But she is one of their own. Maybe that's why they react so vehemently

    March 17, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. wonderwoman

    Note to Laura: she is not slamming the republican party; she is slamming has-beens who don't realize that the party needs a younger generation with a fresh outlook to save it.

    March 17, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  6. LIP

    Ingraham is right when she says the left is simply having a hay day with Megan. Megan must think she is riding a wave of popularity and is trying to get her money's worth so she can maybe do a book deal later on. There is an old saying that everyone is a fool for ten minutes a day and it looks like Megan has exceeded her limit.

    March 17, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. Fitz in Texas

    Laura Ingraham is right on with this one.!!!! Meghan McCain is being used and Ms. McCain is allowing it. I would have given Ms. McCain more credit than to allow this to happen. Just watch your words Ms. McCain because one little mistake and the liberals will stab you in the back and not lose any sleep over it.

    March 17, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. Dawn

    Laura Ingraham should really just back off. What should she care if Meghan McCain says what she feels. Isn't it about time someone actually suggested meeting in the middle a bit and everyone working together to get our country back out of the ditch?

    Frankly based on the past performance of the republicans in power, we dearly, certainly and desperately need a change!!

    Good for Meghan for speaking up for herself and her views.

    The Ann Coulters and Laura Ingrahams can really just climb back under that money covered rock that they so dearly love. The land where logic is useless and reason is not welcome!

    March 17, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. Cathleen

    Oh, yawn. Laura Ingraham clearly is voicing her own fears and insecurities about her own fleeting fame. I would have taken her comments slightly seriously had she not brought Limbaugh into the mix. Seriously, Laura, "useful idiot" is the perfect description of ol' Rushy. Good luck with the bitterness.

    March 17, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. pk

    How absolutely juvenile. What are they, in ninth grade? Grow up-both of you.

    March 17, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. Dan C. Marinescu

    CNN is reaching new journalistic lows by reporting stupid stories designed to increase the sales of the books of a non entity such as Anne Coulter. The interview of John King is another display of the lack of professionalism; what did we learn from his interview of Dick Cheney that we did not know before?

    March 17, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. bipartisan

    That is why Republicans are in trouble- they have no tolerance for disagreement and bash any Republican that is NOT far right.

    I say yes to the McCains of the party.

    March 17, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. Ed Barczak

    I rather enjoy listening to Ms McCain. She's more in tune with what the Republican Party needs to do to regain some sense of respectability than some talk show host. Her idea of compromising with the Democrats was said more in tune "with trying to get this country back on track" after the shrub ruined the garden.

    March 17, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. Nika4

    I happened upon Laura Ingraham's rant about Meghan McCain., It was catty and tasteless, and now she wants to blame the left leaning media for the resulting publicity! What a joke. By the way, that woman's voice is so annoying, that she has a lot of nerve ridiculing anyone else's physical traits.

    Face it, Laura, you owe the girl an apology for your unprofessional behavor on screen.

    March 17, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Whack Job!

    There's an idiot. Are you listening Laura.

    March 17, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. Ellie

    Laura, President Obama did NOT comment on Jessica Simpson's weight issue, he merely stated that she was on the cover and read the cover "title" that was on the magazine. He NEVER gave any comments or opinions regarding Ms. Simpson's weight. So your using President Obama as a way to justify your battle with Meghan McCain is really laughable.

    If you are going to run your mouth, then you should learn to BACK UP your own words without having to "use" others as an excuse.

    March 17, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. Gina

    Who cares about any of this? Who cares one iota what Meagan McCain has to say? Laura Ingraham? I don't. What is this? Political Survivor?

    This is a bunch of hot air designed to distract us from real news. Shame on CNN for giving this any coverage whatsoever.

    March 17, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. Film Professor

    Meghan is a thousand times more attractive than either Laura Ingraham or Ann Coulter.

    The latter two conjure up images of the Wicked Witch for me. Gnarly and nasty, yikes!!!!

    March 17, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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    March 17, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. Grog in Ohio

    Sigh... I'm as big a fan of a girl fight as anyone, but seriously CNN.... I thought this was the POLITICAL TICKER. It's reading like a soap opera ticker.

    Give it a rest. Put it on the entertainment page, PLEASE.

    March 17, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  21. Irene

    What a bunch of morans. Get on with your lives.

    March 17, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Anton C.

    Meghan McCain is HOT! I'm not sure who this Laura Ingraham is, but it seems like she's just out for publicity. I long for the old days of intelligent political discussions but I'm afraid they are long gone.

    March 17, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. Nathan

    Does anyone really care what that close minded arrogant bigot thinks?

    March 17, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  24. Kudos to Meghan

    I love Meghan- i also love free speech- so more power to her.

    Stop attacking every American that does not toe the party line of the liberals or the republicans.

    That just keepsus stuck in a mess and political rut.

    March 17, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. Renee

    Meghan McCain IS an idiot. Nobody really takes her seriously. I personally wish she'd go shop somewhere and shut up. I think the Obama administration is doing a lousy job, and is shameful for America. However, I am happy that Meghan McCain isn't in the White House. She's a bozo too.

    March 17, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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