Saturday, March 14, 2009

Meghan McCain: "Quit Making Fun of My Weight, Laura Ingraham"

Look, I'm too heavy right now. I've gained at least 20 pounds in the last couple of years from blogging and drinking more, and exercizing less. It's as simple as that. As a former top competitive skateboarder, and more recently a fitness junky, I know exactly what I have to do to get back in shape. I may have mentioned it here before, but I'll be 50 in a couple of years, and at some point I'd like to do some serious training. I'm getting a lot of fulfillment from blogging right now, though, and I'm healthy, so I try not to kid myself about turning into the next Jack LaLanne.

In any case, I mention this so readers know that I'm not making fun of Meghan McCain (and so the lefties know I'm not a "
sizist"). It's that I just couldn't stop laughing now when I checked Hot Air's headlines and found "Meghan McCain: Quit Making Fun of My Weight, Laura Ingraham," which is Allah's mocking title to Ms. McCain's new post up at The Daily Beast:

I have been teased about my weight and body figure since I was in middle school, and I decided a very long time ago to embrace what God gave me and live my life positively, attempting to set an example for other girls who may suffer with body image issues. I have nothing to hide: I am a size eight and fluctuated up to a size ten during the campaign. It’s ridiculous to even have this conversation because I am not overweight in the least and have a natural body weight.

But even if I were overweight, it would be ridiculous. I expected substantive criticism from conservative pundits for my views, particularly my
recent criticism of Ann Coulter. That is the nature of political discourse, and my intent was to generate discussion about the current problems facing the Republican party. Unfortunately, even though Ms. Ingraham is more than twenty years older than I and has been a political pundit for longer, almost, than I have been alive, she responded in a form that was embarrassing to herself and to any woman listening to her radio program who was not a size zero.
Read the whole thing at the link.

I noted previously how I thought Ms. McCain looked great the other morning, when I saw her on Fox & Friends. But she's complaining about "image-oriented bullying" in her essay, and it's hard not to see this as mostly a whiney rant from someone less experienced at political hardball than her main critics, especially Laura Ingraham. I sympathize, in any case. I'd be kidding if I said that some of
the nasty attacks around here didn't get under my skin once in a while.

That said, I did get a good snicker out of
Allahpundit's ribbing of Ms. McCain.


P.S. I also wanted to get a post up on this before "The Other McCain." He's been hammering his "kissin' cousin" for her "progressive Republicanism," so folks might want to check over there for a post that (five-will-get-you-ten) will not be as politically correct as this one!


Anonymous said...

You know how I feel about bikes. Its the best workout. Let me know when you want to hit the trails and I can help you get back into your super model clothes.

And I know its not really what the post is about, but Meghan may have a few extra lb's, but she is way better looking than Laura