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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soundoff (257 Responses)
  1. Patman

    There right wing gasbags can dish it out but they sure can't take it, can they?

    March 17, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Kyle

    Ingraham is just another of Rush Limbaugh's cheerleaders. What a pig. Oink that.

    March 17, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. core

    Go Meg

    March 17, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Tina

    Who is this woman and why are we paying attention to her at all? CNN – I think this is more in line with gossip rather than political news.

    March 17, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. TIFFINEY

    I dont know if what you are saying is true. But it is not right to call lsomeone an idiot to all of the world. Even if it is true which i wouldnt know. Would you like to be called that in front of everyone i bet not.

    March 17, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Pat F

    How is this name-calling contest news?

    March 17, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Nick

    "Meghan should pretend that she's had a change of heart and is now a pro-life conservative"

    Would that be a bad thing? Is Laura not a pro-lifer conservative?

    March 17, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. "Demonization of Rush Limbaugh"

    That line is very funny. As if it is something happening TO him rather than coming out of his own mouth. The man lives for this. The Dems are having fun with it.

    The only loser is the GOP, who stand by him, and let the party fall into the land of hacks.

    March 17, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. David

    Funny, she gets on to McCain's daughter for talking "bad" about conservatives, but doesn't seem to see the least bit of hypocrisy in doing to Meghan what she's lambasting her for doing to conservaties....typical.

    March 17, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. yuri

    Ah, those cliche phrases like " taken out of contexts" and " off -the -cuff remarks" uttered by desparate dudettes like LI! Wordy warfare will be well worth watchin' by weirdos like us, who occasionally do matter. Megan McCain is maulin' an insensitive Ingraham, who, by the way, tries to offer advice on how to withstand " teasin".

    But if Megan meets 2 fierce foes in the forms of inadequate Ingraham and cold-heartedly calculatin' Coulter, she may end up needin' more moral support from the not-too-bad GOP mob. Good luck, Megan!

    March 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. montag

    Naturally Laura Ingraham has to demonize Meghan McCain. McCain got out of line. She spoke the unspokeable. She refused to be the quiet little Republican woman – barefoot and pregnant, baking cookies in the kitchen.

    Just who does Meghan McCain think she is criticizing the GOP? Off with her head!

    March 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. smart one

    This is exactly what Ingraham wanted, publicity for the purpose of getting high ratings for her radio show. The media and Meghan McCain
    took Ingraham's bait and now she is enjoying it all. Suckers !!!

    March 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. lb

    Whatever happened to manners? Why is it that the general population now thinks they can say whatever they wish? It use to be that we were taught to think before we spoke. If it wasn't constructive, then don't say it!

    March 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. NYFN08

    Since she obviously doesn't place herself on the same level as Ms. McCain, it's pretty easy to deduce that Laura Ingraham is a 'useless idiot.'

    March 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. prettyblkgyrl

    Laura is clearly seeking mainstream media coverage. The best thing we can do for society is ignore her & hope she goes away!!!

    March 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. Dan

    If Ms. McCain wants to be taken seriously, she needs to refine her language, and not stoop to the level of Ms. Banks' coarse vulgarity.

    March 17, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Steve

    Ingraham and Coulter are both perfect examples of why all but a very few poorly-educated and easily-lead people are leaving the Republican Party in droves. It's so very sad to see that all Ingraham has is to attack someone's weight and call them an idiot. What is this, the playground in fourth grade (as far as Ingraham probably got in school; she missed the part about good manners).

    I was a Republican. I left the party when Bush-the-Lesser was re-elected in 2004. Ingraham, Coulter, Limbaugh, and everyone of their ilk can have the party. It's a disaster.

    March 17, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. Dave From Philly

    I'm a repub and I'm siding with Meghan here

    The way a party grows and evolves is by it's own members pointing out it's flaws. Laura Ingraham is just a stubborn republican who doesn't want to change with the times. Look at Lincoln and FDR (republican and democrat respectively) who, in a nutshell, went against what their party was all about and helped out the country, ultimately changing the ideology of the party.

    For the record, I don't consider Laura Ingraham a fellow republican: she doesn't respect other ideas (nor listen to them for that matter) and she makes me look like an idiot republican. Though Meghan probably shouldn't have responded in that certain way, Laura was completely in the wrong to bash her more.

    Laura... grow up

    March 17, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. meindc

    Someone needs to take the microphone away from Laura Ingraham. Doesn't she realize that the political infighting in the RNC is what's making them ALL look like idiots?

    March 17, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. JD in Moraga, CA

    The difference between Meghan McCain and Laura Ingraham is in that one adjective – "useful."

    March 17, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. JO

    I just love these circular firing squads.

    March 17, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Wow, the spectrum of reflective, well-spoken, intellectually competent and respectable public figures that the Republican Party offers America is breathlessly irresistable and compelling.....Palin, Coulter, Limbaugh, Ingraham and of course, "Joe the Plumber". Choosing their next presidential candidate from such a powerhouse collection of superb models for our youth will surely be agonzing!

    March 17, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Liz in Seattle

    As a staunch democrat I never thought I'd say this, but I really miss conservative pundits and leaders who actually have something worthy to say. The whole Fox/Rush/Coulter machine has gotten so ridiculous that nothing of any substance is coming out of the right these days. Laura Ingraham only proves the point. I applaud Meghan McCain for at least trying to bring the dialogue back to issues (which is what she was doing when Laura Ingraham responded by calling her fat). This completely pathetic reply demonstrates how totally devoid of ideas the conservative pundits have become. It's impossible even to have an intelligent discussion with them anymore.

    March 17, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. Eric

    Uh, can we get back to talking about what really matters....the issues affecting this country.

    Aren't we tired of the high school antics and the name calling, he-said, she-said. Boring and way too "reality tv" for me.

    Time to move on.....

    March 17, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. GOP-fellas

    "Enjoy it while it lasts?"

    Integrity lasts much longer and has more value than the pus constantly secreted by conservative talk show hosts.

    March 17, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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